• 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 has a COVID-19 Business Continuity Plan, and we want to assure you that OFRN will be conducting business as usual. We are currently working from remote locations, but can be reached via email or phone as listed on the contact page.

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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

1:00 pm Export Controls and Compliance f... @ webinar
Export Controls and Compliance f... @ webinar
Apr 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Join the Ohio Aerospace Institute, with Support from APEX, for an informative webinar on: Export Controls and Compliance for Researchers and Universities Date: April 30th @ 1PM EST (90 minutes) Presenters: Bruce Leeds, Senior Of Counsel, Braumiller[...]