States – West Virginia

West Virginia Resources

WV SBIR/STTR Assistance Program

West Virginia Department of Commerce
State Capitol Complex
1900 Kanawha Blvd. East
Bldg. 3, Suite 600
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 558-2003

Purpose of Initiative

The West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) Research and Commercialization Assistance grant program was established to stimulate improved SBIR/STTR competition results.


The applicant must have previously received an SBIR/STTR Phase I on the topic proposed, must be based in West Virginia at the time of application submission, and the company must meet all eligibility requirements of the specific federal agency for whom a Phase II application is being prepared. Further, the applicant must submit evidence that they are in good standing with the WV Tax Department and the WV Secretary of State’s Office. Only one grant will be given to help develop any specific Phase II proposal. A West Virginia-based business may only receive two separate awards under this program in any one calendar year.

Application Process

Before beginning the online application, one should download the application instructions here. Once the requested information has been gathered, an applicant may begin to fill out the online application here.

Award Details

Eligible applicants can request up to $30,000 to defray costs incurred during the development of a SBIR/STTR Phase II proposal for submission to a federal agency. Allowable uses for program funds include direct costs such as gathering information through literature searches, patent searches, market research, commercialization plans, and more; registration fees not including travel costs for SBIR proposal writing workshops or conferences; external technical consultant, technical writer or proposal reviewer fees; travel to develop partnerships for the proposal; costs associated with further technology development; and printing and supply funds.

RCBI Accelerate Forward

Ms. Jane Bostic
Director, Accelerate Forward
Robert C. Byrd Institute
(304) 781-1681

Purpose of Initiative

Accelerate Forward, funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, supports entrepreneurs, businesses, and economic development in West Virginia. The program stimulates entrepreneurship by providing early stage funding for product development. Requested support includes computer-aided design, fabrication, machining, reverse engineering, prototyping, 3D printing, quality, training, marketing and other.


If an applicant is entrepreneurial, innovative, and interested in taking advantage of manufacturing technology, then this opportunity may be of interest.

Application Process

Once an applicant has submitted the completed the application, an RCBI representative will contact them within two business days.

Award Details

Award amounts between $1,000 and $10,000 are given based on project specifications. The first 5% of the amount awarded for project funding must be paid before work begins and is non-refundable.

Updated by Rachel Werth in April 2018


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