The Ohio Federal Military Jobs Commission (OFMJC) tasked Wright State University and The Ohio State University (OSU) in November 2014 to frame a requirements-driven R&D initiative that would address emerging mission requirements for the US Air Force and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in which Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) and NASA Glenn Research Center (NASA-GRC) play significant roles.
The key goals were to:
- leverage the State of Ohio’s R&D investment
- capitalize on federal and university research assets
- integrate Ohio firms and industrial partners into the proposed projects aligned with operational user needs
- better prepare and train universities and firms in Ohio to compete for federal funding
- facilitate the transition of government funded technology to commercial markets
- create the jobs, processes and firms of tomorrow in Ohio
- to differentiate Ohio from other states relative to its commitment and support of our national defense and civil space missions
The 2015 strategic planning effort resulted in the organization of Ohio’s universities and community colleges around the future research priorities of WPAFB and NASA-GRC through the creation of the OFRN.
The OFRN projects and activities were directly aligned with WPAFB and NASA-GRC strategic priorities, and both of these organizations provided university researchers with insights into the requirements for each of the priority research areas.
As a result of the above referenced strategic planning process in collaboration with the members of the OFMJC, the State supported the establishment of the OFRN to leverage federal, university, and commercial capabilities to support the future of WPAFB and NASA-GRC, while retaining and creating new jobs within Ohio. On 10 December 2015, the Ohio Department of Higher Education contracted out the management of the Defense/Aerospace Workforce Development Initiative to the Parallax Advanced Research. OFRN has been and continues to be an active participant and supporter of both the Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Council (OAAC) and the state government supported Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Technology Council (OAATC).
- 12 Ohio research universities
- 2 community colleges
- 90 Ohio businesses
- 4 federal laboratories