Commercialization and Workforce Development Support

The major objectives of the Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN) include growing our research talent base statewide, attracting outside public and private investment and retaining / creating new jobs in Ohio.

To achieve these objectives, the OFRN has identified a key suite of products and services that must be available to our technical Centers of Excellence (COE). These products and services have been developed by teams from Cleveland State University (CSU) and Lorain County Community College (LCCC), partnered to form the Commercialization and Workforce (C&W) team which works in close partnership with the COEs.

The specific products and services which are available from the C&W team include:

  • Multi phase proactive approach for the commercialization of OFRN funded technologies.
  • Identification, pursuit, and capture of federally funded Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contracts.
  • Identification, pursuit, and capture of private sector funded research based upon OFRN COE capabilities and areas of interest.
  • Planning and execution of industry outreach events, communication and PR for OFRN.

The C&W management team welcomes external inquiries about these products and services as well as exploration of partnership opportunities which could utilize these capabilities. For more information, please contact:

Jack Kraszewski, deputy project manager
Cleveland State University (CSU)  csu

Cleveland State University

With an enrollment of more than 17,000 students, eight colleges and more than 200 academic programs, CSU is committed to providing a hands-on learning environment where faculty and students connect and ideas mesh with real-world experience. Fostering innovation and entrepreneurship is vital to CSU’s ongoing mission to provide Cleveland with economic, community, and talent development. CSU directly encourages commercialization of new technologies and skills development for students, faculty, alumni, and the community through its technology transfer services, educational opportunities, and collaborative workspaces.

Lorain County Community College

Lorain County Community College offers a progressive, diverse educational environment serving more than 13,000 associate degree students per year and offering more than 100 academic programs and majors.  Through its campus-based University Partnership, students are also able to pursue more than 50 bachelor’s and master’s degrees from 12 of Ohio’s leading universities. In addition to growing talent, LCCC is committed to creating jobs with multiple initiatives to assist entrepreneurs with counseling, business services, and capital to support technology-based entrepreneurial endeavors and emerging technology-based businesses.