The following events should be of particular interest to the OFRN Community.

Opportunity Discovery with the Air Force STTR Program and Local Resources
Mar 14 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Wright Brothers Institute (WBI) AFRL Small Business Hub and the Air Force SBIR STTR office is teaming up for an STTR focus day on March 14, 2019 in Dayton, OH.


A lot of Industry is very familiar with the SBIR process, but there is another big piece missing and that is the Small Business Tech Transfer (STTR) program. This program is a sister set-aside program to facilitate cooperative Research and Development (R&D) between small business concerns and U.S. research institutions – with potential for commercialization.
The Air Force Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Program is in the midst of a major transformation to accelerate critical new technologies to the warfighter, which includes a renewed emphasis on STTR projects.

STTR topics, which require a small business to partner with a research institution, typically account for fewer than 25 percent of the total Air Force SBIR/STTR topics offered during a Broad Agency Announcement. As a result, they are often overlooked as a commercial opportunity and have a relatively low commercialization rate. Commercialization encompasses the transition of technology to Air Force use as well as commercial sales.

The Air Force is committed to fully realizing a return on investment from STTR and increasing technology transitions/STTR. While less than 25 percent of the overall program, STTR still accounts for a $70 million annual investment in small businesses and research institutions. We have a massive opportunity to positively impact the Air Force mission.

Focus of the Collider:

  • Raising awareness that many of the same resources applicable to SBIR topics are also available to support STTR topics, including the Commercialization Readiness Program and Phase III contracts. CRP support often helps overcome significant hurdles to transitions while Phase III denotes funding from outside the Air Force SBIR/STTR Program and is a critical commercialization benchmark.
  • Representatives from all Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Technology Directorates will be available for individual meetings, and workshops will be held on a variety of topics, such as STTR basics and Phase III contracts. Some industry representatives will also be attending.
  • Identify Industry partners to provide consultative services to STTR teams – include those whose expertise is Federal Contracting as well as those who specialize in commercializing Intellectual Property (IP)
  • Identify STTR Topics for AFRL

Information/Agenda and Registration:

Don’t miss this great opportunity to help educate you on the STTR process and new initiatives. Limited space available

DARPA-SN-19-35 Optimization with Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum devices (ONISQ) Proposers Day in person and Webcast @ in person at the Executive Conference Center & via webcast
Mar 19 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is sponsoring a Proposers Day to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of an anticipated Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the Optimization with Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum devices (ONISQ) program. The Proposers Day will be held on March 19, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Executive Conference Center (4075 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22203). The event will be webcast for those who would like to participate remotely. Advance registration is required both for attending the Proposers Day in person and for viewing the webcast.

The principal objective of the ONISQ program is to demonstrate quantitative advantage of Quantum Information Processing (QIP) over the best classical methods for solving combinatorial optimization problems using Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum (NISQ) devices. In addition, the program will identify families of problem instances in combinatorial optimization where QIP is likely to have the biggest impact.

The goals of the ONISQ Proposers Day are to: (a) introduce the research community (Proposers, Academia, and Government) to the ONISQ program vision and goals; (b) explain the mechanics of a DARPA program and the milestones of this particular effort, and (c) encourage and promote teaming arrangements among potential organizations that have the relevant expertise, facilities, and capabilities for executing a research and development program responsive to the ONISQ program goals.

Additional information regarding this special notice can be found at the following link:


In-person Registration Deadline:

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 12:00 PM ET or when capacity is reached, whichever comes first

Webinar Registration Deadline:

Friday, March 15, 2019 at 12:00 PM ET or when capacity is reached, whichever comes first


Please send any questions regarding this notice to

Global Aerospace Update and Opportunities @ Engineers Club of Dayton
Mar 21 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

sponsored by the Ohio Aerospace Institute and the Dayton Development Coalition

Join the Ohio Aerospace Institute and partners, Dayton Development Coalition, Ohio Federal Research Network, US Department of Commerce Aerospace team & British Consulate General Midwest office, for an informative program and update on the Aerospace Market from a Global perspective and how US companies can benefit from a US UK trade agreement and how Brexit can affect the Global Aerospace Market.

Hear from a UK based Aerospace Manufacturer located in Ohio, and what opportunities exist as well as future technologies key to the Aerospace Industry.

Aerospace Opportunities @ Paradigm Center
Apr 9 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

The Ohio Aerospace Institute and the Ohio Federal Research Network invite you to participate in this informational interactive program for local manufacturers who are currently supporting the Aerospace & Defense Industry or would like to become involved in the supply chain. Hear from Dr. John Sankovic, CEO of The Ohio Aerospace Institute, and Mr. Dennis Andersh, Director of the Ohio Federal Research Network.

We would like input from the companies as to what capabilities and needs they have to help support and grow the Aerospace sector. We will be hosting these programs in various parts of the region. We would like to keep the meetings small and interactive in an effort to create synergy and collaboration among the participants.

The Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Council is supportive of increasing the role of organizations within the State in the Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) of aircraft. Ohio’s central location (500 miles to 60% of general aviation traffic) and large “aircraft population” (10,386 aircraft registered in Ohio) make it an ideal focal point for US MRO activity. With aircraft fleets rapidly aging/ the cost of replacement continues to be an important issue. Ohio already has many hidden MRO assets that are gems in the industry. Military, commercial and non-commercial services are readily available.

Additionally, Ohio’s aerospace supply network is a key asset in the expansion of Ohio’s aircraft MRO industry. Ohio’s diverse parts manufacturing and services provide unparalleled base for inventory. As the industry continues to grow in the commercial market, the need for access to quick turn parts and service will have companies looking to Ohio.

The Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) is looking to develop a strong network of Northeast Ohio companies currently working in commercial aviation MRO, link those companies to prime manufacturers and to lower tier suppliers, and to investigate the potential of the commercial MRO network to provide services to military aviation customers.

In addition, we will inform participants about the growing UAV and UAS market in the USA and how Ohio is positioned to become a major provider in the market. We will discuss what opportunities and needs that exist for local manufactures to become part of the supply chain and support the growth, as well as opportunities for research and development.

We hope you are able to join us for this program to support the needs and growth of the Industry locally and globally. There is no charge to attend this event however we do request you rsvp for an accurate count, as breakfast will be served.

Please RSVP to:
Questions: 440.962.3014 or 216.577.1235

OAI SBIR Workshop – Life Science and Health Care Technologies @ Ohio Aerospace Institute
Apr 18 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

This day-long workshop is for small businesses seeking to understand the nuances and best strategies for successfully competing for the Nation’s largest seed fund: between the National Institute of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Defense (DOD) and other agencies, approximately half of the $2.5 – billion SBIR/STTR funding is directed at health care and life science innovations. Learn from former NIH SBIR/STTR manager what reviewers are looking for and understand how to properly construct a competitive application. The focus will be on life science and health care technologies with attention to the similarities and differences between the NIH and NSF SBIR programs.

Featured Speaker will be Lenka Fedorkova, Ph.D., CEO and Founder, bioPrime, LLC, a former executive manager of the SBIR/STTR programs across the NIH, FDA and CDC.

You will also hear from Vedang Kothari, CEO and President of MuReva Phototherapy.  He will share his experience and insights from the recent company launch of MuReva and their experience with SBIR and other funding in a successful start-up.

The program will also include Deborah Riley of MSM Group, Inc. who will give a basic tutorial on DCAA compliant accounting system requirements for small businesses.

Apr 29 – May 2 all-day

Join 8,500 technologists, regulators and users across commercial and defense sectors for AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019, the largest, most comprehensive trade show for unmanned and autonomous systems. As adoption spreads and applications expand, XPONENTIAL is the one event that brings together the entire unmanned systems community to share ideas, collaborate across markets, capitalize on next practices and emerging trends and harness the power of unmanned technology for your business.

See event site for details and registration

Ohio Cyber Dialogue with Industry @ Hope Hotel and Conference Center
May 7 – May 8 all-day

Cyber @ the Edge – 
Cyber Resilience and Effective Deterrence Strategies for the Future


Electronic commerce, communication and collaboration have transformed the fabric of global society. U.S. national interests are served by protecting the cyber ecosystem that has evolved and expanded to the edge of our daily activities. This cyber edge encompasses personal handheld devices, a myriad of internet-enabled devices, and critical infrastructure. U.S. prosperity and national security depend on open and reliable access to the cyber ecosystem. Nations and criminals that are deterred from directly confronting U.S. military strength or contesting our law enforcement resources, are using cyberspace operations in day-to-day competition to exploit a perceived advantage and harm our interests.

The 2018 Department of Defense (DoD) Cyber Strategy articulates how the Department will implement the priorities of the National Defense Strategy in and through cyberspace. The strategy emphasizes cyber resilience and deterrence in the face of cyber threats and malicious cyber activities to actively, and potentially proactively, survive, preempt or defeat malicious cyber activity that targets US critical infrastructure, DoD information systems, weapon systems, and national security interests. An area of emerging capability is deliberately-engineered trustworthy and resilient systems that automatically respond at “light speed” to intercept and halt cyber threats. The Strategy also acknowledges the need to leverage Commercial capabilities where feasible to reduce reliance on expensive, custom-built software that is difficult to maintain or upgrade at the speed of the evolving threat.

Together, we will explore the emerging capabilities that artificial intelligence, machine learning and cloud computing enable; to fight-through and fight-back against cyber threats. We will discuss the concept of “defending forward” and “Active Cyber Defense” in both military and law enforcement contexts. We will explore the multitude of opportunities, issues and risks of employing resilience and deterrence mechanisms; carefully considered across the spectrum of technical, policy, and legal domains.

See event website for more details –

Techstars Startup Week Dayton 2019 @ Steam Plant
Jun 3 – Jun 7 all-day

Techstars Startup Week Dayton 2019

The 4th annual Techstars Startup Week Dayton will be June 3-7, 2019.

Basecamp will once again be at the Steam Plant, located at 617 E. 3rd St. in downtown Dayton.

The former Dayton Power & Light steam generation facility opened in the early 20th century and operated until the mid-1980s. Its new owners have tapped that historic appeal and renovated the building into a full-service event space which first served as Dayton Startup Week base camp in 2018.

Startup Week brings together the thinkers, dreamers, doers, makers, entrepreneurs around cups of coffee, pints of beer, and small stages spaced throughout local establishments. All experiences are welcome — whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur or new to the community, there is space for you to jump in.

In past years, we’ve heard from tech companies to marketing experts, venture capitalists to local coffee roasters.

This year, we’re planning sessions on business elements like marketing, sales, capital, and branding, as well as targeted sessions for medtech, defense, food, and artist entrepreneurs.

Connect and collaborate during this week of diverse speakers and workshops.

See website for more details

Discover DSO Day @ DARPA Conference Center (and Webcast)
Jun 18 – Jun 19 all-day

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is sponsoring the Discover DSO Day (D3) event to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of an anticipated DSO Office-wide Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). The event will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 18-19, 2019 at the DARPA Conference Center (675 North Randolph Street, Arlington, VA 22203). The event will be webcast for those who would like to participate remotely. Advance registration is required for both the physical meeting and the webcast. Note, all times listed in this announcement and on the registration website are Eastern Time.


Advance registration via the below website is required for attending the D3 event in person and for receiving access to the webcast. The advance registration requirement applies to every
individual intending to view the webcast—either alone or as part of a group. There will be no on‐site registration.

  • Registration website:
  • Registration opens: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 12:00 PM
  • Registration closes: At 5:00 PM on the date listed below or when capacity is reached, whichever comes first.
    • In-person attendance: Tuesday, June 11, 2019
    • Webcast attendance: Tuesday, June 11, 2019

There is no fee for registering to view the webcast.

Due to the limitations of the conference facility space, in-person attendance is restricted to the first 176 registrants with a maximum of 5 individuals from any one organization and no more
than 2 representatives per division/department of that organization. Interested parties are encouraged to coordinate attendance internally within their organizations prior to registration.
Registrants in excess of the maximum capacity limitations (176 for in-person attendance and 500 for the webcast) will be added to a waitlist. Individuals who are unable to register for in-person
attendance because the deadline has occurred or capacity has been reached will have the option of choosing to be added to the waitlist OR registering to view the webcast sessions. If slots for
in-person attendance become available due to cancellations, the slots will be filled on a first come, first served basis from the waitlist

For D3 agenda and registration instructions, please visit:

Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) Life Cycle Industry Days (LCID) @ Dayton Convention Center
Jun 19 – Jun 21 all-day

Life Cycle Industry Days, will be held at the Dayton Convention Center in Ohio from June 19th through June 21st. Due to increased popularity and attendance over the past several years, the venue has been moved to a larger facility to allow for more collaboration. The theme this year is “Improving Warfighter Readiness by Strengthening Alliances”featuring keynote presentations by top acquisition leaders and forecast briefings from our Air Force Program Executive Officers.

In keeping with this year’s theme, attendees will be able to sit in on outstanding presentations and listen to panel driven discussions for a more interactive experience. Some of the panels you can expect this year are Innovation in Readiness Across the Materiel Enterprise, Supply Chain Management and the always popular PEO and CEO panels. There are many exciting panels you will not want to miss. Industry can schedule one-on-one meetings with AF PEOs, and have opportunities to discuss partnerships between large and small businesses.

This year, LCID wraps up on Friday the 21st, just before the annual Vectren Dayton Air Show on Saturday and Sunday. Plan to stay in the area an extra day or two and see all the great performances, featuring the US Air Force Thunderbirds. You won’t be disappointed. Mark your calendars now, as we look forward to sharing with you opportunities and having you collaborate in helping resolve some of our most pressing challenges.


See event site for details