The following are frequently asked questions of the Ohio Federal Research Network.
Section 3.1.1 states that OFRN projects are intended to be TRL 3 and higher, or applied research rather than basic research. This applies to all AOIs.
Section 2.6.2 of the pre-release document states that there are no limits on the number of proposal submissions that an Applicant can submit.
On Nov. 20th, an email announcement was sent that the key dates had changed. A follow up announcement went out Nov. 23rd highlighting some of the changes in key dates and where to find information on changes, etc. The new schedule is posted to the OFRN website The new date for the training is Jan. 20, 2021. The event will be virtual. All information pertaining to OFRN Round 5 Opportunity Announcement will be posted to All communications to the OFRN community will be posted to the site.  
Yes, the session was recorded and is posted to the current solicitation website
The PM can attend the Jan. 20 training session to represent the team.
The training session is scheduled for January 20, 2021. A registration link will be available through the OFRN website in the current solicitation’s tab shortly. The direct link to the current solicitation site is An email notification will be distributed to the OFRN community when the information regarding the December regional sessions and the January 20th training is available. All events will be virtual.
Section 2.6 of the pre-release document lists eligibility requirements. One of the requirements is that there be at least two Ohio colleges or universities. There is no flexibility in this requirement.
As long as the company has a presence in Ohio and the work would be done through that office, then this would meet the industry requirement.
Yes, the link for partnering / matchmaking can be found off the OFRN current solicitation webpage in the Links section at
Yes, the briefing is posted to the current solicitation site at

The formal release of OFRN Round 5 Opportunity Announcement is scheduled for Jan. 6, 2021. All information will be posted to the current solicitation website

The advanced controls area will have impact at the system and at the power electronic regulator level. An advanced power electronic unit with digital control that demonstrates the capability needed to function within the advanced power system control could be a part of this area, but may be more difficult to win against full system proposals.
TRL 3 or TRL 4 should be the objective depending on hardware maturity.
The defined approach for this task needs to develop a strategic understanding of where the advanced controls area will progress, with both near and far term products that can be realized. Both lunar surface power and turbo-electric/hybrid electric propulsion should be the focus, but spin-off for terrestrial microgrids may provide near term job increases for Ohio and collaboration potential for advanced work.
The control methods developed should be applicable for AC and DC systems, but the choice for how the work is done can be made based on preference.
Minimum expectation would be for a model based simulation that has heritage in validated models, with extension to this effort. Use of H/W emulators and/or simulators that provide hardware confidence is better, but not required.
Yes. It is not a direct fit for the AOI, but NAMRU-D has interest and active research in this problem space. Strong interest. Possibly the general AOI#12?
Applied research. TRL 3 and above.

Speaking from a NAMRU-Dpoint of view, areas of improvement for currently available devices would include:

  1. Size/portability
  2. Multiplicity; having devices that monitor multiple exposures
  3. Real-time data delivery

#1 and #2 both support compliance in that you can’t “weigh down” a Warfighter with bulky or a lot of devices. They have enough to do and enough to carry; if the device(s) isn’t/aren’t feasible, then it’s useless. #3 – bringing a device back and sending it off only to receive the data a week later does not allow risk assessments to be made during a mission. Having these data is helpful in any capacity, but in real-time (with data logging/storing capability) is of most use.

The answer is “no” from a NAMRU-D perspective. 
The focus of the topic is on near peer competition so this could be anything from a single aircraft to a large number of aircraft. Sensors are likely to be federated - different systems on different platforms. But approaching the problem from the point of view of a single platform is a good starting point.
We spoke to our AFRL contact lead and he thought your technology was indeed very relevant to the AOI’s you’ve referenced and could be proposed.
Only if it's part of a multi-function system. That is, if the sensor or sense making is the primary output.

Yes, very interested in hybrid systems for long duration flights.