DATE CHANGE- OFNR SIG, Specialty Polymers & Composites Meeting

OFRN Polymer SIG meeting in Akron is currently scheduled for this Thursday, June 22nd.

The new date for the event is Thursday, July 13, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM EDT

The venue for the event will be The University of Akron’s National Polymer Innovation Center.

For more information or details please contact:

Dave Crain

Ohio Federal Research Network


August NSF Grant Opportunities

Law & Social Sciences (LSS) Due August 1, 2017

Perception, Action & Cognition (PAC) Due August 1, 2017

Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) Due August 2, 2017

Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Due August 3, 2017

Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII) Due August 9, 2017

Political Science Due August 15, 2017

Sociology Due August 15, 2017

Cultural Anthropology Due August 15, 2017

For a full listing of grants visit the NSF funding page.

Announcement from the Ohio Federal Research Network

The release of the Ohio Federal Research Network Challenge Problem Request for White Papers will be delayed to mid or late July 2017.

There are two key reasons for the delay: (1) we are awaiting the outcome of the Ohio State Budget for FY18 and FY19 and (2) we are thoroughly assessing options to make sure the first Challenge Problem is a value added activity for our national lab partners and for the Ohio National Guard and a systems challenge for the participants.

Challenge Problem Process:   As soon as we have framed the Challenge Problem – the Team will frame the proposed process for this procurement. It could have some changes from the initial research project process. Our current intent is to have several kick off meetings on the project before we release the RFP.

We should have a clearer picture of the detailed timeline and process by early July. By then the Ohio State budget will be passed and we will have framed the proposed procurement process.

As soon as we have everything ready to go, we will provide you an update.

Please contact Anthony Hinojosa ( / 937.705.1073) or Dennis Andersh of OFRN ( with any questions.