Driving innovation in Ohio through strategic partnerships 

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The Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN)

Who We Are and What We Do

The Ohio Federal Research Network is a science and technology enhancement program managed by Parallax Advanced Research in collaboration with The Ohio State University and funded by the Ohio Department of Higher Education. The OFRN brings together federal partners, academia, and industry in Ohio to drive innovation and commercialization and funds and facilitates statewide R&D projects that are focused on fulfilling the critical mission needs of Ohio’s federal installations. The OFRN also promotes and facilitates the successful commercialization and/or follow-on funding of the R&D projects, which result in high-quality job growth and workforce development in Ohio.

Our Vision

To be Ohio’s go-to solution for creating R&D partnerships among academia, industry, and government; driving economic development through innovation, and promoting and expanding Ohio’s innovation legacy. 

Our Mission

We have the mission to stimulate Ohio’s innovation economy by building vibrant, statewide university/industry research collaborations that meet the requirements of Ohio’s federal laboratories, resulting in the creation of leading-edge technologies that drive job growth for our state. 

Our Services

OFRN workforce


Tech Transfer & Transition

Identify the best market(s) for your technology, and move your technology from concept to market quickly and efficiently.

OFRN Funding

R&D Funding

Apply for OFRN open solicitation rounds and earn government funding to move your technology from idea to reality.

OFRN Networking

Networking, Collaboration & Team Matchmaking

Make new connections, build teams, and share ideas with like-minded individuals to evolve your technology and/or scientific capabilities.

OFRN Marketing & Communications

Marketing & Communications

Work with our marketing and communications team to develop case studies, success stories, and demonstration videos about your OFRN-funded technologies, and we'll promote these stories across the web, in media, and at various events throughout the year.  

OFRN Workforce Development

Workforce Development

Leverage our workforce development services to help you spinout new businesses, create high-quality jobs in Ohio, and commercialize your technologies.

OFRN Training

Education, Training & Proposal Navigation

Learn how to write successful proposals and how to pitch your technology to potential government customers with our education and training resources and SBIR/STTR proposal navigation services.