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How It Works

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Meet With Us

We’ll answer your questions about the NIH’s SBIR/STTR program to help you decide if this is a good fit for your technology.


Attend the Trainings

Register for and attend health/bioscience technology and the NIH-specific webinars presented by BBCetc.

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Tech - Funding Match

Determine if your application falls under an Omnibus Solicitation or if your technology fits other health tech Funding Opportunity.

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Readiness Assessmnet



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Proposal Submission

If your technology is a match for one of the NIH topics, we will help you determine next steps.

Commit to a series of personalized meetings and receive valuable expert advice on how best to submit your NIH SBIR/STTR application by either April 5 or September 5, 2023.

You will remain a part of the KSEF family. We look forward to supporting you on the next step of your SBIR/STTR journey!

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

Standard NIH SBIR/STTR Application Due Dates:

January 5, April 5, September 5

About the Incubator

Our goal is to help you succeed at bringing your technology to market by taking advantage of the SBIR/STTR (also known as America’s Seed Fund) programs non-dilutive funding.

During the incubator, you will begin by receiving virtual instruction via one-on-one meetings with KSEF staff and webinars. From there, you could be matched with an expert consultant who can provide you with templates and resources to help you write your proposal and engage with you in one-on-one counseling about the proposal application.


The following webinars are scheduled to be hosted by KSEF and presented by BBCetc:

Federal Funding for Health and Bioscience Technologies R&D

January 17, 2023

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST


Do you have a health related or biotech technology, but need funding to advance? In this webinar will review how to find and select health technology grant opportunities, including DHHS including BARDA and NIH BluePrint MedTech, CDMRP, and multiple agency SBIR/STTR Funding.


Who should attend:

  • Entrepreneurs with a health technology looking for R&D funding


SBIR/STTR funding for Health and Bioscience Technologies

January 23, 2023

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST

Is your technology company eligible for non-dilutive federal R&D funding through the government’s SBIR/STTR program? Join us for this webinar covering SBIR/STTR program basics including program purpose; eligibility; and an overview of SBIR/STTR agencies interested in health-related technology. You’ll learn how to identify which agencies may fund your technology and how to approach the agency.


Who should attend:

  • Early-stage entrepreneurs who want to learn more about nondilutive funding for their R&D

  • Academic innovators who are interested in funding a spin-off company

  • Academic innovators who want to work with small businesses on SBIR/STTR projects


NIH SBIR/STTR Program Overview

January 30, 2023

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST


This session will provide an overview of NIH grant programs. We’ll cover; NIH structure and identifying the most appropriate Institute or Center to fund your project; Understanding and navigating NIH's review process; Effective communication with the Program Managers; Tapping into NIH's unique SBIR/STTR funding opportunities to maximize your product development budget.


Who should attend:

  • People interested in pursuing SBIR/STTR funding for their innovative research from the National Institutes of Health

  • Innovators who want to know tips for preparing a winning SBIR/STTR proposal

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Meet The Team
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Maria Labreveux
KSEF Executive Director

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Matthew Defrese
SBIR Innovation Manager 


Kristine McNiel
KY Innovation Project Manager

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