• 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

NEWS ALERT

The Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN) is preparing for its next round of funding. 

OFRN is partnering with Ohio universities and organizations across the state to host OFRN Information Sessions prior to the release of the RFP

DATE TIME PARTNER ORGANIZATION CITY
Aug. 15 12:30pm-3:30pm Bowling Green State University Perrysburg, OH
Aug. 16 9:00am-11:45am Miami University Oxford, OH
Aug. 19 1:00pm-4:00pm Ohio University Athens, OH
Aug. 23 9:00am-12:00pm University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH
Aug. 26 1:00pm-4:00pm Youngstown State University Youngstown, OH
Sept. 9 1:00pm-4:00pm University of Dayton Dayton, OH
Sept. 10 12:00pm-3:00pm Heidelberg University Tiffin, OH
Sept. 12 1:00pm-4:00pm Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) Cleveland, OH

Our Mission

To stimulate Ohio’s innovation economy by building vibrant, statewide, university-based research collaborations meeting the requirements of Ohio’s federal laboratories, while partnering with the commercial sector to create new products and high quality jobs for our state. Engaging a broad and active array of stakeholders, the network will fortify the state’s high tech research and workforce capabilities and expand federal contracting opportunities in areas such as national defense, space exploration, and aeronautics. We intend to attract $350 million in new investments in the state over the next five years.

About the Network

The Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN) capitalizes on the capabilities of Ohio’s research universities, both public and private, to conduct world class research, especially in technical areas related to national defense, space exploration and aeronautics.

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Centers of Excellence

The centerpiece of the OFRN is a series of six technical-based university Centers of Excellence (COE). These six COE’s are aligned with both research areas of strength for the Ohio universities and the top priority research areas of needs for the four Federal laboratories within the state.

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OFRN Events

Sep
17
Tue
7:45 am Unmanned Systems Academic Summit... @ Sinclair Community College
Unmanned Systems Academic Summit... @ Sinclair Community College
Sep 17 @ 7:45 am – 6:00 pm
The fifth annual Unmanned Systems Academic Summit is again being co-hosted by The Ohio State University and the Sinclair College National UAS Training and Certification Center to facilitate an open dialog related to ongoing activities, technologies, and trends[...]
Sep
18
Wed
4:00 pm OFRN Round 4 SOARING 2.0 RFP rel... @ OFRN website and via email
OFRN Round 4 SOARING 2.0 RFP rel... @ OFRN website and via email
Sep 18 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Ohio Federal Research Network will release the OFRN Round 4 SOARING RFP & Call for White Papers on September 18, 2019. Sign Up to be added to the OFRN distribution list to receive announcements[...]
Sep
24
Tue
8:00 am Aerospace Perspectives: Past, Pr... @ Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI)
Aerospace Perspectives: Past, Pr... @ Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI)
Sep 24 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and the 30th anniversary of Ohio Aerospace Institute by joining us for thoughtful perspectives on the past, present, and future of commercial and defense aviation[...]
Oct
7
Mon
all-day The Ohio Defense Forum 2019 @ Westin Great Southern
The Ohio Defense Forum 2019 @ Westin Great Southern
Oct 7 – Oct 8 all-day
2019 Theme: Ohio’s Defense Ecosystem “Connecting Ohio’s Military Installations, Defense Communities and Industries” With Special Guest Congressman Michael Turner The DDC, along with many key partners and sponsors, hosts the annual state-wide Ohio Defense Forum.[...]