Research and development in Ohio

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Ohio is a major research and development center, home to many institutions.


In 2008, institutions and companies in the state won 10 R&D 100 Awards, given annually to the top 100 innovations recognized by R&D Magazine, finishing second behind California.[1] The Ohio State University is among the country's top public research institutions at #7.[2] Ohio is ranked in the top eight for states conducting clinical trials, including conducting the most clinical trials per capita.[3]

In 2006, the state had a high-tech payroll of $9.8 billion, with 155,174 high-tech employees at 10,756 high tech locations. In 2005, industry in Ohio spent $5.9 billion on research and development, with colleges spending $1.5 billion, but by 2009, $8.2 billion in R&D contracts were identified, ranking 13th nationally. Ohio receives around $2.7 billion annually in federal R&D funds, ranking #9.[4]

In 2005, it was ranked #4 in the country in industrial R&D activities, while the University of Dayton and The Ohio State University ranked #2 and #3 nationally in total materials research. Ohio leads the nation in plastics and rubber research.[5]

The state recently[when?] approved a $3.5 million grant to convert the old NCR headquarters in Dayton into a collaborative innovation center.[6] The Miami Valley Research Park in southwestern Ohio is a 1,250 acre complex home to the headquarters of Woolpert, Inc. as well as ATX, WilmerHale, and Center for Tissue, Innovation and Research facilities.[7] A fun note, in 2010 automotive racing star Jeff Gordon and his company, in partnership with Arshot Investment Corp., named their new research and development project in Columbus the "Center for Automotive Research & Technology at Cooper Park."[8]

Government and non-profit[edit]

Government-operated and non-profit research and development institutions include:

The Battelle Memorial Institute headquarters in Columbus. The institute is the world's largest private contract research and development organization, responsible for innovations such as photo-copying, leading to the creation of Xerox, the first nuclear fuel rods for nuclear reactors, the first optical digital recorder, the development of the Universal Product Code, and cruise control for automobiles. They have won 217 prestigious R&D 100 Awards.


Private institutions in Ohio conducting research and development include:

Procter & Gamble's headquarters in Cincinnati. The company is responsible for the first synthetic detergent used on delicate clothing, Dreft, the first shampoo and conditioner combination product, Pert Plus, and the first concentrated tablet laundry detergent, Salvo.
The Goodyear Polymer Center at the University of Akron in Akron. The company is responsible for the first self-sealing fuel tanks for airplanes, the first off-road tire, the world’s first passenger conveyor belt, the first tires on moon, the first plastic beverage bottles, and the first tire with a “Z” speed rating.[9]


Collegiate institutions in Ohio conducting major research and development include:

Scott Laboratory at the Ohio State University, Columbus


  1. ^ "For the best R&D ideas, look no further than Ohio", Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Retrieved 22 sept 2009.
  2. ^ "Ohio State at a glance", Ohio State, Retrieved 22 sept 2009.
  3. ^ "Ohio tops national hospital rankings", All Business, Retrieved September 22, 2009.
  4. ^ "Ohio R&D 2009", The Alliance for Science & Technology Research in America, Retrieved 22 sept 2009.
  5. ^ "Ohio's Innovation Economy", State of Ohio, Retrieved 22 sept 2009.
  6. ^ "Aerospace Hub: Creating Synergy", University of Dayton News. 23 aug 2010. Retrieved 5 sept 2010.
  7. ^ Research Park marks 25 years of growth
  8. ^ "Cooper Park takes next step", Mark Ferenchik. Columbus Dispatch. 31 aug 2010. Retrieved 5 sept 2010.
  9. ^ "Goodyear Celebrates 111 Years of Innovation", Pitch Engine, Retrieved 28 nov 2009.