• 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


Agility Prime STTR Opportunity

OFRN Supports Agility Prime Advanced Mobility Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Solicitation released July 10th / Submission deadline August 10th

The Agility Prime Advanced Air Mobility STTR Solicitation has been released. Details and future updates of the solicitation can be found at https://www.dodsbirsttr.mil/topics-app/. The topic code is AFX20D-TCSO1.  Proposal submission deadline is August 10, 2020.

OFRN is working with its Ohio partners to promote exciting news regarding Agility Prime! Through established networks and partnerships, Ohio is advancing electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL) technologies to support this national campaign. OFRN will continue ongoing research and project development in the areas of Unmanned Aerial Systems and Advanced Air Mobility to support and grow these capabilities among academia, industry and our government partners.

Topics include:

  • Autonomy
  • Advanced aircraft materials and manufacturing
  • Novel acoustics techniques
  • Subsystem, aircraft, and portfolio design and analysis tools
  • Rapid mission planning for dense air environments and logistics efficiencies
  • Command and control of air vehicles
  • Robotic landing gear
  • Large flotation devices
  • Modular payload designs
  • Air vehicle data networks and rf waveforms
  • Sense and avoid architectures, algorithms, and sensors
  • Electrical power storage, generation, charging
  • Distributed electric propulsion control techniques

If you are interested in submitting:

  1. Make sure your SAM registration is current ASAP
  2. Get registered on the Defense SBIR/STTR Innovation Portal
  3. Pay attention to any solicitation revisions, or document updates.

The OFRN team can connect proposers with their network and partnerships focused on advancing electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL) technologies. Contact OFRN for assistance.

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

10:00 am New Advanced Air Mobility Market... @ online
New Advanced Air Mobility Market... @ online
Aug 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Brought to you by the Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) and the Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment (APEX) ABOUT:  Manufacturers will learn how to become a part of the major prime contractor supply chain in order to[...]
1:00 pm Advanced Manufacturing Olympics ... @ online
Advanced Manufacturing Olympics ... @ online
Aug 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
On August 12, the RSO will be hosting a virtual discussion with United States Air Force General Arnold W. Bunch, and Air Force Research Lab Brigadier General Heather L. Pringle from 1:00pm to 3:00pm EST.[...]
1:00 pm Agility Prime Weekly Webinar @ online via Zoom
Agility Prime Weekly Webinar @ online via Zoom
Aug 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Hear from the Agility Prime Team, and exciting guest from the AAM ecosystem on relevant topics along with the opportunity to get your questions answered directly from the team. More information on Agility Prime
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[...]
all-day Wright Dialogue with Industry 2020 @ Dayton Convention Center (Dayton, OH)
Wright Dialogue with Industry 2020 @ Dayton Convention Center (Dayton, OH)
Nov 4 – Nov 6 all-day
Considering the projected continuation of government and industry travel restrictions, ongoing social distancing requirements, and the unlikely approval of attending large in-person events, DaytonDefense has made the tough decision to postpone the 15th annual Wright[...]