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Ohio Federal Research Network

The Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN) states, “[OFRN] seeks to leverage the strength of Ohio’s world-class public and private research universities, industry, and its uniquely valuable federal labs, to help revitalize the state’s economy for the 21st century.”

OFRN Open Request for Proposals

OFRN recently opened a request for proposals (RFP) for Sustaining Ohio's Aeronautical Readiness and Innovation in the Next Generation (SOARING). The following notice provides updates to potential interested firms. Companies located outside of Ohio may participate. Please refer to the RFP on the OFRN website for additional information.

What is the OFRN

The products and processes springing from these laboratories are critical to the future economic and military security of our country and thus critical to the state’s economic strength. Under OFRN, the research talent employed by these institutions and their collaborating universities, all carefully configured around areas of technical excellence in partnership with Ohio industry, can be a springboard to developing even more world-class technical talent across the state.

The technologies being developed through these state-funded projects also prime the pump for innovative new public-private partnerships, by providing abundant opportunities for follow-on commercialization collaborations with, and investments from, the private sector, especially small and medium-sized companies.-OFRN website

The four federal labs in Ohio that are the focus of OFRN are:

OFRN is organized around six centers of excellence:

  • C2PNT Communications, Cyber, Positioning, Navigation & Timing
  • C4ISR Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance
  • Human Performance and Health Sciences
  • Materials and Advanced Manufacturing
  • PRESIDES-Energy Storage and Integration
  • Propulsion and Power

Refer to the OFRN website for additional information on the centers of excellence and contacts for each. OFRN is supported through State of Ohio funds and local matching funds from participating universities.