• 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. 

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.


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.


OFRN Events

3:00 pm AUVSI Webinar: Navigating the Re... @ online
AUVSI Webinar: Navigating the Re... @ online
Jun 10 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Learn about the regulations affecting Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone flight and the factors involved in successfully navigating the regulatory environment to achieve a waiver. As the commercial drone industry grows there is[...]
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[...]