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Welcome to the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Acceleration and Commercialization Program--Phase 1 GRANT

The main objective of the program is to support the Connecticut Innovations (CI) strategic mission to "accelerate Connecticut's entrepreneurial technology economy by supporting and making risk capital investments in people, technologies and emerging companies." Applicants CANNOT use the funding for past purchases of any kind. No indirect costs may be included.

State Matching Grants

This state matching grant program is designed to increase participation of Connecticut-based firms in the newly reauthorized federal SBIR and STTR programs, leading to commercialization and job growth. This program is designed to help small firms bridge the gap between Phase I funding and subsequent funding such as Phase II or other federal funding, while addressing key requirements for advancing the technology. It is also designed to help Phase I winners enhance their chances of winning a Phase II.

Connecticut-based companies that have won a federal SBIR/STTR Phase I award in calendar years 2013 and 2014. (credited to Connecticut)

Funding Uses:
State matching grant funds are intended to support small firms seeking to advance a promising technology that requires additional market development or other validation, and for whom such activities could enhance their chances of attracting additional funding for developing and commercializing a product or service, including Phase II SBIR or STTR funding from federal agencies. The bulk of the funding MUST be used in Connecticut. You may NOT budget for overhead costs -- direct costs only.

Basic Grant Funding Levels:

Winners of an SBIR/STTR Phase I award in 2013 or 2014 will receive a state matching grant of $30,000 once a properly completed application is received, reviewed and approved. They grants are repayable in small installments once commercialization of the technology begins.

Download a copy of the agreement

Enhanced Funding -- Participation with a Connecticut Research University:

  1. If the small business subcontracts with a Connecticut Research University the state funding may increase by $10,000 above the base award, in order to fund the DIRECT COSTS of the university effort.
  2. If the small business is able to attract additional funding from an SBIR federal agency, the award may increase to $60,000. (Example: NSF Phase IB requires a $60,000 cash match for an additional $30,000 of federal funding.) This is awarded on a case-by-case basis.

We Will Require:

  1. Contract with federal SBIR agency (confirmation of award)
  2. Commercialization plan as submitted with your SBIR/STTR proposal that shows the commercialization path for your technology
  3. Project work plan and budget for grant funds -- Additionally, If subcontracting to a university, include their activities in the project plan and budget
  4. Milestones
  5. Budget - showing the direct costs of the project
  6. Company information
  7. Letter/Statement of work from the university - if applicable
  8. Signed agreement
  9. Letters of Good Standing
  10. Signed W9 form
  11. Follow up reports
  12. Site Visit to facility

There is a limit of two grants per Connecticut-based small business per year. These grants will be subject to available funding. The bulk of the funding MUST be used in Connecticut. Indirect costs are not allowable. Reimbursements are not allowable.

Next Steps:

Eligible applicants should start by setting up a free account via this website. Once registered, follow the directions carefully. Our internal review begins once we receive a complete package. Generally, award decisions will be made within 60 days once we have determined that the application is complete and we have received all of your documents. Up-to-date Letters of Good Standing from the Secretary of State, CT Dept. of Revenue Services and the CT Dept. of Labor are part of the package. The applicant may be asked to clarify questions regarding the information submitted. Following award, a cooperation agreement will be executed, providing for funds disbursement and future reporting requirements.

SBIR/STTR Letters of Support
If you have received a Phase I Matching Grant in our SBIR Acceleration and Commercialization Program and are requesting a Letter of Support from our office to help you win a Phase II, please do the following:

How to Start

  1. Become a member of the CTiHUB-Register here.
  2. Contact Roberta Rossi - Roberta.rossi@ctinnovations.com - & request a private page be created for your company so you can submit your forms. If this is not your first grant application please let Barb know if it is the second, third, etc.
  3. Download and Fill out
    1. Grant Application
    2. Budget
    3. W-9 Form
  4. Upload your completed grant application, proof of SBIR Phase 1 award, budget, commericalization plan and University Statement of Work on your private page that you requested from Barb. Instructions for these documents are here.
  5. Review and download the How to Request Letter of Good Standing
  6. Upload all your Letters of Good Standing to your private page under the appropriate steps.
  7. Once all the above mentioned documents are uploaded, then the project is reviewed and you will recieve an email with Approval or not.
  8. Project Funding agreement (All Letters of Good standing must be received)
  9. Board Approval
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