Grant Resources & Requests for Proposals (RFPs)

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Request for Proposals (RFP)

The following list contains Requests for Proposals (RFP)  that are administered by the Ohio Department of Higher Education and are in process/active. For information about closed RFPs from previous years, go here. 


1. Innovation Grant Program

Purpose: The Department of Higher Education (DHE) will utilize the Ohio Higher Education Innovation Grant program to promote educational excellence and economic efficiency throughout the state in order to stabilize or reduce student tuition rates at institutions of higher education.  Successful awardees will design collaborative, innovative projects that support academic achievement and economic efficiencies. Projects focused on (a) consolidating services (i.e. administration redesign, program sharing) and/or (b) competency-based education are preferred. 

2. OhioMeansJobs Workforce Development Revolving Loan Program

Purpose: To promote and encourage Ohio’s workforce development and job growth through educational training and retraining in programs related to employment opportunities in growing fields. Institutions must qualify as eligible institutions, and their respective workforce training and education programs must be approved by the Chancellor in order for students in those programs to be eligible for loans under the Loan Program. The funds awarded to institutions will be disbursed in the form of loans to borrowers (students enrolled in approved workforce training programs at participating institutions). Proposals must demonstrate that completion of the workforce training program will directly impact the ability of borrowers to advance their career and education.

3. Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA)

Purpose: This Request for Proposal (RFP) is being issued from the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) which, through a shared cooperative agreement with the United States Small Business Administration (SBA), serves as host to the SBDC State Lead Center for Ohio. This RFP is intended to identify local partners to participate in the delivery of SBDC services to Ohio small businesses and nascent entrepreneurs allowing them to start and grow businesses, create jobs, increase sales and gain capital and investment.  The goal of this RPF is to utilize a competitive process to leverage resources and partnerships in a manner that will ensure the greatest outcomes for the small business community in Ohio while ensuring accountability, transparency and impact for the state and federal taxpayer dollars used to fund the program. It is the goal of ODSA to regularly issue competitive RPFs for the SBDC program to ensure innovative services, exceptional customer service, and maximum economic impact for the state while ensuring the highest levels of accountability for taxpayer dollars.

4. I-Corps@ Ohio

Purpose: As part of a statewide effort to accelerate the commercialization of research being conducted at Ohio’s universities and colleges, this grant program is an initiative of the Ohio Department of Higher Education and is modeled after and approved by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) successful Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program, which has been proven to increase innovation, entrepreneurship and industry collaboration. You are encouraged to share the RFP with your faculty and students in an effort to further technology commercialization on your campus. Submissions will be accepted beginning November 14, 2017 and the deadline to submit is January 16, 2018. The RFP is available for download immediately at

For more information, please visit the website or contact I-Corps@Ohio Program Manager, Nikki Modlich at or Xu Zhang, Project Manager at

5. Ohio Means Internships & Co-ops 4 Request for Proposals

Purpose: The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) will make strategic investments in each of
the six JobsOhio regions for cooperative education and internship programs. The investments
will support the ability of the state of Ohio to retain and expand existing businesses, attract new
investment and talent, and further entrepreneurship. The goal is to connect student co-ops and interns to positions in In-Demand occupations within regionally targeted industries.

6. Motorcycle Ohio (MO) Program

Purpose: To provide an affordable motorcycle rider training course to reduce fatalities and injuries on Ohio’s roadways through the three major components: rider education, public information campaigns and licensing improvement.

7. Aspire FY2019 Competitive Grant

The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) Aspire Adult Workforce Readiness Education program is accepting applications from eligible providers to implement and improve adult education and literacy activities within the state and to operate programs that provide a comprehensive model for adult education services.

Aspire programs assist adults in developing literacy skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency; obtaining educational skills necessary to become full partners in the educational development of their children; and achieving the educational skills necessary for completion of a secondary level of education. This funding is made available through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (AWIOA), Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA).

The deadline for applying for the three-year grant is March 30, 2018.

The Aspire Grant Instructions and General Information document and other grant resources are available at

All questions must be sent to


8. Social Norming Campaign

Purpose:   A single act of sexual violence is one too many. Ohio seeks to strengthen its ability to better respond to, and ultimately prevent, sexual assault on the state’s college campuses. The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) was charged with developing model best practices for preventing and responding to campus sexual assault. As a result, ODHE released the “Changing Campus Culture: Preventing & Responding to Campus Sexual Violence” report ( and recommendations. 


With the goal of ending and preventing sexual violence on Ohio’s campuses, the Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education is issuing this RFP for the development of a social norming campaign to address the period of time known as the “red zone” for sexual violence on campus.


Request for Proposals Released: May 17, 2018

Time for Questions: May 17 – June 1, 2018

Proposals Due by 12p.m. : June 15, 2018

Notification of Awarded Proposals: June 27, 2018


Request for Information (RFI)


1. Applied Bachelor's Degree Programs

Purpose: Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 3333.051, enacted pursuant to Amended Substitute House Bill 49 of the 132nd General Assembly, directs the chancellor of higher education to establish a program under which community colleges, state community colleges, and technical colleges may apply to offer applied bachelor’s degrees. ODHE requests information from Ohio’s community, state community and technical colleges that are interested in offering applied bachelor’s degrees. The ODHE staff will review all RFI submissions for compliance with specifications identified in ORC 3333.051 and for capacity to offer the proposed program. Before approving programs through the RFI process, the chancellor will consult with the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, the Inter-University Council of Ohio, the Ohio Association of Community Colleges, and the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio. 

Questions concerning completion of the request for information can be emailed to and copied to