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 $3.2 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.

Program features

  • Advanced training sessions open to the public.
  • Specialized guidance, which includes up to 20 hours of strategic one-on-one assistance for companies actively preparing SBIR/STTR applications.
  • Once accepted to the program, the cost to participate is $250. However, if the company is women-owned, minority-owned or veteran-owned the cost is $150. (The $100 subsidy is provided through a FAST grant awarded to CI by the SBA.)

Company support

  • Overall grant strategy
  • Identifying appropriate solicitations
  • Project planning tool set
  • Editorial review
  • Assistance with proposal submission
  • Assistance with details of post-submission administration
  • Specific one-on-one mentoring

Overall goals

  • Provide incentives to companies to learn about and engage in the SBIR/STTR process
  • Enhance the competitiveness of Connecticut’s technology companies’ applications
  • Facilitate collaborations with academia and industry to improve chances of commercialization
  • Drive economic development


  • Meet standard federal SBIR/STTR requirements
  • The majority of the company’s operations are based in Connecticut
  • The project is deemed appropriate for one or more agencies.
  • The company has identified a qualified Principal Investigator (PI)
  • Agrees to provide CTNext with ongoing feedback for a period of three years regarding application submissions and outcomes
  • If accepted, the applicant pays the program fee


Contact us at or 734-930-9741.