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.