• 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

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

There will be an OFRN Round 4 Funding Information Session in Columbus, OH on June 27, 2019. 

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

Jul
24
Wed
1:00 pm ADVANCED SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY SY... @ Top of the Market Banquet Center
ADVANCED SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY SY... @ Top of the Market Banquet Center
Jul 24 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Registrations accepted through July 22, 2019. hosted by the AFRL Junior Force Council in collaboration with the Wright Brothers Institute. The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Advanced Science & Technology Symposium has been rescheduled for July[...]
Jul
29
Mon
all-day 2019 AIAA INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS WO... @ University of Cincinnati
2019 AIAA INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS WO... @ University of Cincinnati
Jul 29 – Jul 30 all-day
Organized by AIAA Intelligent Systems Technical Committee July 29-30, 2019 At University of Cincinnati Experts from Industry, academia, NASA, AFRL, Army, MITRE, and ONR will discuss on the following important topics related to intelligent and autonomous systems.[...]
Jul
30
Tue
all-day NDIA Hypersonics Capabilities Co... @ Purdue University
NDIA Hypersonics Capabilities Co... @ Purdue University
Jul 30 – Aug 1 all-day
NDIA, in partnership with Purdue University, will host a comprehensive program on hypersonic systems July 30 – August 1, 2019 at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. Maximize your organization’s participation at the conference with a[...]
Aug
7
Wed
10:00 am UAS Midwest 2019 @ Clark State Community College Hollenbeck Bayley Conference Center
UAS Midwest 2019 @ Clark State Community College Hollenbeck Bayley Conference Center
Aug 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
EVENT DETAILS Come see why the FAA authorized Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations to the US Air Force Research Laboratory in the state of Ohio, and how you can fly BVLOS. This year’s event[...]
Sep
4
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 4 @ 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 4, 2019. Sign Up to be added to the OFRN distribution list to receive announcements[...]
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.[...]