The OFRN Round 5 SOARING solicitation is closed & awardees have been announced

The OFRN Round 5 awardees and their research and development projects are

  1. Flightprofiler, The Ohio State University, and Ohio University’s “Low Altitude Weather Network (LAWN)”
  2. The Ohio State University, Sinclair Community College, University of Dayton, SK Infrared LLC, and L3Harris Space & Sensors’ “Affordable LIDAR Technologies for Integration and Unmanned Deployment (ALTITUDE)”
  3. Asymmetric, Lockheed Martin Procerus, The Ohio State University, and Ohio University’s “Autonomous Capabilities for CASEVAC and Resupply in Urban Environments (ACCRUE)”
  4. AlphaMicron, Bowling Green State University, Kent State University, and Miami University’s “Electronically Dimmable Protective Eyewear”
  5. The Ohio State University, University of Dayton, and Gooch & Housego Ohio’s “Thin-film Crystals for High-speed Optical Modulation”
  6. Safran, Youngstown Business Incubator, The Ohio State University, and Youngstown State University’s “Advanced High Voltage Direct Current Generator System for Aerospace with Rapid Dynamic Response”
  7. Miami University, The Ohio State University, GE Aviation Systems, PC Krause & Associates’ “High Reliability, Low EMI, Wide Bandgap Power Conversion for Air & Space Applications”

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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.   


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

Key Events & Dates



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: