• drive

    research to commercialization for the growth of Ohio’s jobs and economic development

  • align

    Ohio’s research universities with the needs of federal institutions

  • partner

    university Centers of Excellence, industry and federal labs to bring research to commercialization


COVID-19 Update

The Ohio Federal Research Network is managed by staff from the Wright State Research Institute (WSRI). WSRI has a COVID-19 Business Continuity Plan, which allows the OFRN to conduct business as usual. We are working at remote locations and can be reached via our contact page.

Entrepreneurs and Businesses: Launch Dayton – a program of the Wright State Applied Research Corporation – has created a website with COVID-19 resources to assist entrepreneurs and business owners. 

The OFRN Mission

We have the mission to stimulate Ohio’s innovation economy by building vibrant, statewide university/industry research collaborations that meet the requirements of Ohio’s federal laboratories, resulting in the creation of leading-edge technologies that drive job growth for our state.

The OFRN Vision

The OFRN seeks to make Ohio the nexus for research that drives innovation and builds economic prosperity for Ohio.

The OFRN Capabilities

  • Identify priority research areas that meet significant national requirements of the Air Force Research Laboratory, National Air and Space Intelligence Center, NASA Glenn Research Center and Naval Medical Research Unit leadership to support their missions and long-term viability within Ohio’s federal research portfolio.
  • Identify existing Ohio universities and private sector capabilities and potential initiatives that align with federal research requirements
  • Leverage resources and capabilities by aligning with significant and complementary programs, projects and initiatives in Ohio.
  • Build on existing best practices nationally that create an innovative, proactive and sustainable enterprise for Ohio.
  • Provide financial resources to stand up investment in research technology commercialization initiatives primarily through the Ohio Department of Higher Education Budget.
  • Provide linkages to relevant Ohio business pursuit/capture activities.

OFRN Events

1:00 pm All About Cybersecurity Maturity... @ virtual
All About Cybersecurity Maturity... @ virtual
Oct 1 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
This webinar is open to Ohio small business suppliers to the U.S. Department of Defense and is being presented by the Dayton Development Coalition, Sawdey Solutions Services, Inc., and The Ohio State University Center for[...]
8:45 am Ohio Aerospace & Defense Forum @ Online
Ohio Aerospace & Defense Forum @ Online
Oct 6 @ 8:45 am – 4:30 pm
With Special Guest U.S. Congressman Michael Turner The Dayton Development Coalition, along with many key partners and sponsors, hosts the annual state-wide Ohio Defense and Aerospace Forum. The Forum is for defense installation leadership, community[...]
11:00 am Unmanned Systems Academic Summit... @ virtual
Unmanned Systems Academic Summit... @ virtual
Oct 15 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Online Proceedings Hosted By the National UAS Training and Certification Center The 6th annual Unmanned Systems Academic Summit will include invited experts providing engaging presentations related to their work in unmanned systems research and development, education[...]
all-day The Air Force Advanced Manufactu... @ virtual
The Air Force Advanced Manufactu... @ virtual
Oct 20 – Oct 23 all-day
About the Event The Air Force’s inaugural Advanced Manufacturing Olympics is an exciting week of collaboration, technical design challenges, speakers, and more, all focused on advanced manufacturing. Wherever you are, discover new technologies and insights[...]
9:00 am Ohio Space Forum @ virtual
Ohio Space Forum @ virtual
Oct 29 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Ohio Space Forum will bring together federal, military, industry, and academic leaders in the dynamic fields of space research, operations, intelligence, exploration and defense. Speakers will address Ohio’s space history, and how the state[...]
all-day Wright Dialogue with Industry 2021 @ Dayton Convention Center (Dayton, OH)
Wright Dialogue with Industry 2021 @ Dayton Convention Center (Dayton, OH)
Jul 20 – Jul 22 all-day
ANNOUNCEMENT from DaytonDefense WCI Chair Hello Everyone, I hope this note finds everyone well during these challenging times. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, DaytonDefense has been working diligently to plan and replan our[...]