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Proposal Lab

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DOD SBIR SBIR 23.3 / STTR 23.C Topics Close October 18, 2023

Topics Pre-Release August 23

How It Works

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Meet With Us

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Topic Match Up

We'll answer questions about SBIR and more specifically DOD SBIR to help you decide if this is an opportunity for you.

Submit your idea to us so we can be ready for DOD Topic Match up.

Match-making between your capabilities to the DOD BAA Topics release.

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If your company's capabilities and BAA topics match, you will be selected to participate.

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Proposal Lab

You will commit to 8-weeks of intensive training to submit your DOD SBIR/STTR proposal by the day your topic closes.

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Proposal Submission

You will remain a part of the KSEF family. We look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship with you.

Submit an application to be considered for the Proposal Lab cohort. We will be in contact with you to ask you a few questions and discuss the best fit for your innovation.

BAA 23.3 Topics Pre-Release

We are here to help you navigate this and other SBIR/STTR opportunities.

23.3 BAA Topics Dates to Know

Registration: Open Now

Topics Pre-Release: 8/23/2023 Registration Closes: 8/25/2023

Topics Open: 9/20/2023

Topics Close 10/18/2023

About the Proposal Lab

Our goal is to help you to succeed at bringing your technology to market by taking advantage of the SBIR/STTR Federal programs non-dilutive funding.

The Department of Defense SBIR/STTR programs not only have the largest budget of ~$1.8B per year, but they also invest in the most diverse technology portfolio ranging from materials to biomedical technologies.


​The DOD SBIR/STTR programs are fastest-paced, giving you only 10 weeks to prepare a competitive proposal.

During the accelerator you will be matched with one or more topics within your capabilities and interest. You will receive virtual instruction, templates and resources to help you write your proposal, one-on-one counseling, and when possible, match-up with experts in your area.

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Ellie Derbyshire
SBIR Innovation Manager 

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Nancy Brown
KY APEX Accelerator State Director


Kristine McNiel
KY Innovation Project Manager

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Maria Labreveux
KSEF Executive Director

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Matthew Defrese
SBIR Innovation Manager 

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Kay Lee
Program Manager

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