FY2011 Ohio Third Frontier Wright Projects Program RFP

The Ohio Department of Development (Development) has recently issued the FY2011 Ohio Third Frontier Wright Projects Program (OTFWPP) Request for Proposals (RFP).  The RFP, application and budget forms are available at www.thirdfrontier.com.

The OTFWPP offers grants to provide capital equipment that will support a research commercialization activity and will benefit an entrepreneurial and commercial purpose in the short-term, and, in the longer-term, help contribute to the training and education of the current and future workforce.  OTFWPP proposals may address any one or a combination of Ohio’s five key opportunity areas, including Advanced/Alternative Energy; Instruments, Controls and Electronics; Advanced Materials; Advanced Propulsion; and, Biomedical.  Development anticipates awarding up to $21 million in grants through the FY2011 OTFWPP.

Key OTFWPP dates and events include:

  • November 10, 2010: A Bidders’ Conference for prospective respondents to the OTFWPP RFP, at which Development staff will present information on the RFP and answer questions.  The meeting will be held at 1:00 p.m. at TechColumbus, 1275 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio.  Attendance at the Bidders’ Conference is encouraged, but is not mandatory.  Registration is not required or necessary.
  • November 30, 2010: Letters of Intent (LOI) to file a full proposal are due by 2:00 p.m. ET.  LOIs must be sent to OTFWPP2011@development.ohio.gov, with the subject line “2011 OTFWPP LOI”.
  • December 30, 2010: Development will respond to written questions through December 30.  All questions regarding this RFP must be submitted in writing via e-mail to OTFWPP2011@development.ohio.gov, with the subject line “OTFWPP Q&A”.
  • January 20, 2011: Full proposals are due to Development by no later than 2:00 p.m. ET.
  • Approximately May 2011: Review and awards.

Applicants submitting to the FY2011 OTFWPP should be aware of Governor Strickland’s Executive Order 2010-09S, “Banning the Expenditures of Public Funds for Offshore Services”.  Applicants should also be aware of the additional requirement to comply with Executive Order 2010-09S.  The Executive Order and the required Affirmation & Disclosure Form can be found in Attachment EO under the OTFWPP RFP website.  Applicants are required to submit the completed Affirmation & Disclosure Form with their OTFWPP proposal.

>> For more information, visit www.thirdfrontier.com

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