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Columbus Region Research & Innovation

With access to 59 college and university campuses and an excellent representation of research institutions and development facilities, Columbus Region businesses are able to hire and provide outstanding training and development programs. The Region is also home to thousands of science and technology organizations, providing businesses with access to an emerging innovation hub and the brightest minds in science and technology research.

Local Colleges & Universities

The Columbus Region is home to 59 colleges and universities with a total enrollment of more than 136,000 students and more than 22,000 annual graduates.
The Columbus Region is also home to the largest concentration of PhDs in the Midwest, and has more PhDs than the national average.

The Ohio State University
One of the country's leading research institutions, The Ohio State University enrolls 58,000 students at its main campus in Columbus. With 200 undergraduate majors and more than 250 masters, doctoral, and professional degree programs, The Ohio State University alone provides the Columbus Region with a tremendous pipeline of talented employees.
Ohio State ranks No. 2 among all universities in industry-sponsored research with leading research programs in biological/agricultural engineering, computer engineering and material sciences. The university is also actively engaged in research partnerships with more than 340 companies in Ohio, more than 120 of which are in the Columbus Region.

In 2014, Ohio State spent $983 million on research and development, including $478 million for federal research and $118 million for industry-sponsored research.

Major Research Institutions in the Columbus Region

  • The world's largest contract research and development organization
  • Serves the national security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental industries
  • Conducts research and development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical services for government and commercial customers
  • Operates seven national laboratories for the U.S. government, managing two-thirds of the nation's energy research
  • Annual research budget of more than $5 billion
  • Won more R&D 100 awards than any other organization in the country, except General Electric

CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service)
  • A division of the American Chemical Society, CAS is the world's largest and most current comprehensive source for chemical and scientific information
  • CAS monitors, indexes, and abstracts the world's chemistry-related literature and patents, updates this information daily, and makes it accessible through technologically advanced information services
  • Adds more than 4,500 records each day to the CAS database, currently totaling over 45 million records

IBM Client Center: Analytics Solutions Lab
  • IBM’s first dedicated advanced analytics center
  • Designs, builds, implements and supports differentiated advanced analytics solutions
  • Fosters a rich environment for collaboration, innovation, and delivery by bringing together business, technical and academic communities in the Columbus Region

The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital
  • One of the fastest growing pediatric research centers in the United States
  • Among free-standing children’s hospitals, Nationwide Children's currently ranks in the top ten based on NIH funding
  • In 2015, Nationwide Children's research faculty produced 823 publications. In addition, 62 patents were filed, 10 patents were issued and number of inventions totaled 76.

OCLC (Online Computer Library Center, Inc.)
  • The world's largest library cooperative, with a mission to further access to the world's information by reducing costs and improving services through shared, online cataloging
  • A worldwide organization, OCLC membership comprises 74,000 libraries, archives and museums in 170 countries


Columbus Region Financial and Technical Resources

A large, educated workforce combined with superior research capabilities and a strong corporate foundation has allowed the Columbus Region to become one of the fastest growing innovation and technology hubs in the nation.

Rev1 Ventures
  • Supports startups through the first phases of growth to increase their probability of success
  • Leads an ongoing, data-driven process that ensures entrepreneurs develop products people want, and companies people need

Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC)
  • OSC provides a reliable, high-performance computing and communications infrastructure for a diverse statewide community, including education, academic research, industry and state government
  • With more than two decades of innovation and service, OSC is a fully scalable center with mid-range machines to match those found at NSF centers and labs across the nation

SciTech (Science and Technology Campus Corporation)
  • State-of-the-art research park located on The Ohio State University campus that links world-class academic technical expertise with cutting-edge, commercial, technology-based innovation
  • Consists of almost 500,000 square feet of office, laboratory, manufacturing, and warehouse space that provides research and development opportunities for both new and existing high-technology companies in the Region
  • Will contain more than one million square feet of floor space for an estimated 2,000 on-site workers

Ohio TechAngels
  • Largest angel investor network in the country
  • Engages qualified entrepreneurs who are developing high-growth businesses in Ohio, predominantly focused on innovation in the life sciences, information technology and physical sciences market sectors

Ohio Third Frontier
  • Technology-based economic development initiative that is successfully changing the trajectory of Ohio's economy by supporting existing industries that are transforming themselves with new globally competitive products
  • Provides funding to Ohio technology-based companies, universities, nonprofit research institutions, and other organizations to create new technology-based products, companies, industries and jobs

Edison Technology Centers
The Columbus Region contains three of Ohio's six Edison Technology Centers, which provide product and process innovation and commercialization services to both established and early-stage technology-based businesses:
  • BioOhio: Statewide center focused on promoting the bio-life sciences industry in Ohio, including pharmaceutical and medical device development. Principal efforts are to assist small- to medium-sized entrepreneurial organizations develop and commercialize bio-life sciences technology.
  • EWI: An internationally recognized membership-based organization that is focused on materials-joining technology, EWI conducts research and development for industry and government.
  • PolymerOhio: Networking group committed to the global competitiveness and growth of Ohio's polymer industry. Members include Ohio polymer companies, leading polymer academic agencies and service providers.

Transportation Research Center Inc.
  • Established by The Ohio State University's College of Engineering
  • World-leading provider of vehicular testing services, providing R&D and compliance and certification testing for vehicles and components for crash testing, emissions testing, dynamic testing and durability testing
  • Part of its 4,500 acres in East Liberty is a track used by Honda, which owns TRC, to test safety, durability and fuel efficiency for its vehicles

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