About Round 5 SOARING

The OFRN Round 5 Sustaining Ohio's Aeronautical Readiness and Innovation in the Next Generation (SOARING) Opportunity Announcement is focused on expanding Ohio’s research and development capabilities across the state’s academic institutions and business in support of Ohio-based federal partner needs, which ultimately promotes Ohio’s economic growth.  OFRN Round 5 Areas of Interest (AOIs) include topics in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), Artificial Intelligence, Human Factors, Data Analytics, Space Commercialization, Quantum Communications and Advanced Power Systems.  This announcement seeks to leverage Ohio’s unique research capabilities and its federal partner’s expertise to accelerate technology development and innovation by increasing collaboration across government, academic, and industry organizations. 

Round 5 Opportunity Announcement Formally Released January 6th

The OFRN Round 5 SOARING Opportunity Announcement was formally released on January 6, 2021.  See the Resources section for the document and appendices. Mandatory training on January 20, 2021 for proposers. At least one member of a proposal team must attend.  

January 20 Bidders Conference and Proposal Training – Mandatory

A bidders conference and Proposal Training was held on January 20, 2021. A copy of the Bidders Conference briefing can be found in the Resources section. This virtual event was a requirement for Round 5 proposal submission. Proposers unable to attend should contact Becky Mescher via this link to register to view the January 20th video. Upon registration, Becky will be in contact with additional information.  


Frequently asked questions regarding Round 5 are in the FAQ (here) at the bottom of the page.

Key Events & Dates

Opportunity Announcement Pre-Release

Oct. 29, 2020

Opportunity Announcement Informational Session and Q&A with Federal SMEs (virtual session)

Nov. 10, 2020 - 10am – 12pm ET

Opportunity Announcement Informational Session and Q&A with Federal SMEs (virtual session)

Nov. 18, 2020 - 1pm - 3pm ET

OFRN Information Session - Virtual    

Dec. 10, 2020  10:00 am - 11:00 am ET

OFRN Information Session - Virtual    

Dec. 15, 2020  2:30 pm - 3:30 pm ET

Opportunity Announcement Formal Release

Jan. 6, 2021

Bidders Conference & Proposal Training - Virtual (Mandatory) 

Jan. 20, 2021 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Proposal Questions Accepted Through

Feb. 11, 2021

Due date for Volume 1 (Technical), 1A (Supplemental)

Mar. 4, 2021 - 5pm ET

Notification of Selection for Final Pitch Day

Mar. 19, 2021

Pitch Deck and Pitch Presentation Training (Mandatory for Pitch Day proposers)

week of Mar. 22, 2021

Due date for Volume 2 (Business and Cost Proposal), and 2A (Slide Deck)

April 15, 2021

Pitch Day

April 20 - 21, 2021

Proposal Review

May 4, 2021

Awards Announced

May 7, 2021

Projects StartMay 24, 2021

Student Intern Orientation

May 31, 2021



Ohio Federal Research Network Round 5 SOARING Solicitation Pre-release Webinar - 11-18-20

Ohio Federal Research Network SOARING Round 5 Info Session Webinar - 12-10-20

Ohio Federal Research Network SOARING Round 5 Info Session Webinar - 12-15-20

Team Matchmaking Services

If you want to pursue the OFRN Round 5 solicitation and need a required partner or you need a subcontractor with particular talents to fill a gap on your proposal, or you want to offer your services as a potential partner or subcontractor: