Collaboration and Incentives
Ohio’s Aerospace Hub provides businesses with the opportunity to collaborate with academia and private enterprises working in the field of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and traditional Aeronautical Systems research and development – especially in the area of Propulsion, Sensors, Advanced Materials, Data and Image Processing, Cyber Security, RFID, and other backend IT technologies. If your business fits within one of these industries, the public organizations that support Ohio’s Aerospace Hub will tailor fit a support package to your business.
- Institute for Development and Commercialzation of Advanced Sensor Technology – IDCAST
- University of Dayton Research Institute – UDRI
- Dayton RFID Convergence Center – DRCC
- The Entrepreneurs Center – TEC
- Wright Patterson Air Force Base – WPAFB
- Wright State Research Institute – WSRI
- Wright Brothers Institute – WBI
- Center of Unmanned Aerial Systems Exploitation – CUE
The following are premier organizations that are located in or affiliated with the Ohio Aerospace Hub:
IDCAST offers a truly non-profit environment with a staff that provides exceptional expertise in the advancement of sensor and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology. IDCAST provides a transparent culture where everyone who becomes a partner sees and experiences the benefits that are available.
- Research Facilities of World-Class Collaborative Laboratories
- 15,000 sq ft LADAR-LOCI
- 5,000 sq ft Wet Lab
- 5,000 sq ft Terahertz Lab
- 2,500 sq ft Human Signature Sciences
- 2,000 sq ft AFRL RF Sys Integration
- 3,000 sq ft Laser & Optics
- 2,500 sq ft Sensor Integration
- 2,000 sq ft Visualization
- 3,000 sq ft Electronics
- 25,000 sq ft Collaborative RF Space
- 6,000 sq ft Roof Top Test Facility
- World Class Test Beds
- World’s largest IR sensor – 25 MP MWIR
- RADAR and RF
- Signature Sciences
- Sensor exploitation
- UAV Payload Integration
- Reconfigurable Computing
- 80 MP and 48 MP color panorama surveillance systems
- Collaborative Space
- Access to Expertise
- Transitional Incubation Space
- Commercialization Assistance
- Low Cost Entry for Small and Medium Sized Companies
Address: 444 East 2nd Street; Dayton, OH 45402
The University of Dayton Research Institute is nationally renowned for providing customers quality research outcomes and engineering solutions to the most demanding problems, on budget and on time. UDRI employs over 400 full-time researchers, technicians and support staff in eight operating units that provide basic and applied R&D services for our customers, performed more than $95 million in sponsored research in fiscal year 2009, ranks second in the nation for sponsored materials research, and employs hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students in meaningful research.
Address: 300 College Park; Dayton, OH 45469-0101
The Dayton RFID Convergence Center is the premier center providing business acceleration and intelligence to entrepreneurs and early stage companies in the radio frequency identification (RFID), sensor, data management and mining technology industries. The services include:
- Industry-specific expertise
- One-on-one coaching by staff and experienced mentors
- A network of business and professional assistance
- Access to an investor network and assistance with financing
Dayton’s emerging RFID cluster includes the presence of significant RFID technology providers and users such as Alien Technologies, Procter & Gamble, Kroger, Smuckers, Paxar (Avery Dennison), Teradata, CDO Technologies, and the Sensors Directorate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Address: 711 East Monument Avenue #300; Dayton, OH 45402
The Entrepreneurs Center is a technology business incubator. TEC provides value to its clients by assisting entrepreneurs to establish a functional structure around their business. Through their network of experts, team of advisors, mentoring, annual reviews and other services, TEC can help businesses to sharpen a plan that will maximize the probability of success. TEC is prepared to assist entrepreneurs at all stages of development.
Address: 714 East Monument Avenue; Dayton, Ohio 45402
Especially important to the Dayton region is the close proximity to Wright-Patterson AFB, where the Air Force Research Laboratory is headquartered. Just 7 minutes from the Aerospace Hub, the AFRL is considered the leading aerospace research organization in the USAF. There are eight other major units located at WPAFB including the Air Force Material Command headquarters and the Aeronautical Systems Center. WPAFB directly employs 27,000 people and several thousand more indirectly through contract.
The Wright State Research Institute provides a common gateway to university capabilities, researchers, scientists, and staff. With a focus on applied research and services, the Wright State Research Institute applies emerging technologies to difficult problems facing our industry and government partners. The Wright State Research Institute is truly at the forefront of where science and technology combine to creatively develop solutions around the world.
Address: 182 Joshi Research Center; Wright State University; 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy; Dayton, OH 45435
The Wright Brothers Institute operates two unique facilities just minutes from Wright-Patterson AFB:
Located in Dayton, Ohio with its rich heritage of innovation and invention, Wright Brothers Institute (WBI) seeks to continue this heritage by stimulating unique and innovative technical solutions to national security and public safety needs. Working in partnership with its foundational stakeholder, the Air Force Research Laboratory, WBI operates as a neutral enabler and place for multidisciplinary joint (government, industry, and academia) teams to come together in intense collaborations focusing on complex problems or challenges. The outcome of these collaborations can range from a better and more complete understanding of a problem to the rapid development of actual prototypes. WBI leverages this work for its other foundational stakeholder, the Dayton Region, to stimulate and support the growth of technology companies, to foster technology transition and transfer to commercial endeavors, and to enhance science and math educational opportunities.
Part of Tec^Edge Works, the Center for Unmanned Aerial Systems Explotation (CUE) is a place where industry, academia and the Air Force can work together to design, develop and market the systems that drive UAV aircraft. The CUE has state-of-the-art equipment and capabilities to support the work of world-class engineers, scientists, designers and operators in UAV systems research and development. CUE facilities include six interdisciplinary laboratories equipped for research and development in power and propulsion, communication, onboard sensing and computing, control systems, rapid prototyping and software development. Center capabilities and services also include flight demonstration and testing, high-speed image and signal processing, fuel cell and battery testing, technology incubation and commercialization support.
Address: 105 Janney Road; Dayton, OH 45404
Incentives For Your Business
- Sensor Funding: The City of Dayton has awarded $450,000 to UDRI’s Institute for the Development and Commercialization of Advanced Sensor Technologies (IDCAST) to help create jobs in the sensor industry. The funds will be awarded to companies seeking to bring their sensor technologies to market in Dayton.
- Development Fund: City grant funding is available to qualified businesses engaged in projects resulting in the expansion or relocation of an existing company and creating jobs. The fund provides “gap” financing to reduce the amount of equity needed to complete an otherwise fully-financed project.
- County ED/GE Fund: The City of Dayton can apply for matching funds from the Montgomery County ED/GE program, which provides competitive funding to qualified area economic development projects.
- Ohio Job Creation Tax Credit (JCTC): The JCTC is a refundable tax credit to companies creating at least 25 new full-time jobs within 3 years. The credit may also be available for certain high-wage industries creating 10 or more new full-time jobs within 3 years. The refundable tax is applied toward the company’s commercial activities tax (CAT) liability. Should the amount of the credit exceed the company’s CAT liability for any given year, the difference is refunded. Approved projects generally range between a 25% and 55% credit for a period of 5 to 7 years.
- Attraction Incentive: This new program provides an annual grant payment for five years to qualified companies who create five or more new full-time jobs in the downtown area or within one of Dayton’s targeted industry clusters. The grant is based on 50% of the payroll taxes for the net new jobs.
- Property Tax Exemptions: Through the Enterprise Zone (EZ), Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) programs, the City of Dayton can elect to abate a portion of property taxes owed by a company following new construction. Property taxes may be abated up to 100% for 15 years.
- Ohio Third Frontier Internship Program (3FIP): Businesses which provide internships in the areas of advanced manufacturing, advanced materials, power and propulsion, instruments controls and electronics, bioscience and information technology may benefit from this program. The state will reimburse up to 50% or no more than $3,000 per year for wages paid to eligible and enrolled students.
- Research & Development Investment Loan Fund: Direct loan financing between $1 million and $25 million is available for projects primarily engaging in research and development activity. Rates are fixed with terms similar to those of commercial bank financing. Companies receive a dollar-for-dollar, non-refundable Ohio corporate franchise (income) tax credit for all principal and interest payments.
- Research and Development Investment Tax Credit: The Ohio R&D Investment Tax Credit is a non-refundable Ohio corporate franchise (income) tax credit for all investment in qualified research expenses incurred in Ohio. Qualified expenses include both in-house and contract research expenses.
- SBA Financing: Project financing is available through CityWide Development Corporation at below market interest rates. CityWide will work with your bank to create the best possible loan structure.