Small Business Innovation Research Training


The goal of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Acceleration and Commercialization program is to increase the participation of Connecticut-based firms in federal SBIR and STTR grant programs. These highly competitive federal programs improve your small business’s chance of advancing its technology and achieving commercialization, higher profits and job growth.

If you own a Connecticut startup company and need to find funding for technological research, here’s what you should do:

  • Visit and get some basic information about the programs; take their basics tutorial here:
  • If you’re encouraged that your company may be right for SBIR/STTR funding, contact CTNext and find out how we can help. You can read about our resources in the “How It Works” page here. Or you can contact Jessica Dodge at, or call (860) 258-7858.

How it Works

Connecticut Innovations offers free technical consultations to help you improve your chances of winning a federal SBIR/STTR grant. Our goal is to provide you with the experienced support you need to navigate through the complex phases of the federal program. Support includes conference fee reimbursements, proposal accounting support, application reviews and strategy sessions.

• Attend the National SBIR/STTR Conference
The annual National SBIR/STTR Conference is a great resource for companies seeking SBIR funding. You’ll benefit from one-on-one access to SBIR program managers, learn grant-winning strategies, and network with university and industry partners. Connecticut Innovations will provide fee reimbursements to select small Connecticut tech companies to attend.

• Have Your Application Reviewed by a Seasoned Professional
Working on an SBIR/STTR grant application and want some counsel or strategic advice? Even experienced grant writers can benefit from a second pair of eyes. Our proposal reviews are complimentary and can elevate your application to the next level.

• Have an Expert Review Your SBIR Grant Budget
We know how difficult it is for companies that are applying for the first time for an SBIR/STTR award. That’s why we offer budget development support to companies writing SBIR grants through an SBIR accounting firm (the cost for a company is $100). Additionally, you can have your accounting system reviewed for government compliance at a discounted cost.

• SBIR Accelerate CT
SBIR Accelerate CT is a CTNext initiative designed to enhance the competitiveness of SBIR/STTR proposals among Connecticut’s small technology companies. The program helps participants compete for more than $2.6 billion in non-dilutive federal research and development funding through the nation’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

For more information, contact Jessica Dodge at or call (860) 258-7874.


• Sample SBIR Proposals

• How to establish an SBIR accounting system that can withstand a governent audit (webinar)

• What new SBIR policies mean for venture-backed businesses (webinar)

• How to develop an indirect rate for your SBIR proposal (webinar)