Wright State University’s strategy to bring in more research dollars has resulted in $209 million in research contracts over the past seven years since it began a strategy to win more contracts from the government.
It has pushed to attract more human performance research funding, including its latest, and biggest, win with a $42.5 million contract from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
This has come with $120 million in private investment and 575 new jobs, the school said.
In addition, Wright State and other schools are plotting a new Ohio Federal Research Network, recently taking two years of funding by the state. That effort, intended to be a much more concentrated strategy to bring federal research dollars to Ohio, is hoped to lead to 2,500 new jobs and $350M in new federal research contracts over five years.
The push for federal contracts came after the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process, which resulted in the new 711th Human Performance Wing to be set up at Wright-Patt in Dayton. At the time, less than 15 percent of federal human performance research work was being awarded in Ohio.
In 2009, it retained the Ron Wine Consulting Group for expertise in interacting with the Air Force industry.
“Working with the people at Wright-Patt, we wanted to figure out where we could best add value to their mission success, not just create more competition for scarce resources,” said Ron Wine, president and CEO of the group.
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