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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. 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.


2. Evaluation- Campus Climate Survey Support

Purpose:  The State of Ohio is committed to changing the culture on Ohio’s campuses, public and private, in regards to preventing and responding to sexual violence. To support a safer campus environment for all of Ohio’s students, the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) encourage immediate and thoughtful action to help prevent the occurrence of terrible crimes and ultimately support every college and university’s aim to provide an excellent and safe learning environment for students through the collection of climate survey data.

•    RFP Release:  April 22, 2019 [
•    Support Questions (as of the May 3, 2019 deadline) [
•    Proposals Due by 12:00 p.m.:  May 28, 2019
•    Time for Review:  May 28 – June 19, 2019


3. Special Request for Choose Ohio First (COF) Proposals in Computer Science and Related Areas

Purpose: Choose Ohio First began in 2008 as a way to increase the number of Ohio residents entering into and successfully completing science, technology, engineering, math, or medicine (STEMM) majors at Ohio’s public and private colleges and universities. Details of the general COF program are outlined in the following sections of Ohio Revised Code: 3333.61 through 3333.69. For this special request, the Chancellor seeks proposals from Ohio public and independent universities and colleges for designated degree and certificate programs in computer science and related areas for Choose Ohio First Scholars. Those colleges and universities whose proposals are selected through this RFP process will be awarded scholarship funds to recruit Ohio residents into the in-demand fields of and relating to computer science.  



4. Regionally Aligned Priorities in Delivering Skills (RAPIDS)

Purpose: The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) will make strategic regional investments in equipment and facilities to develop and support postsecondary institutions’ workforce development projects that enhance the economic growth of students and businesses.  The investments will directly impact the ability of the state of Ohio to retain and expand existing businesses, attract new enterprises, and further entrepreneurship by addressing regional talent and workforce needs. These regional investments (in a total of seven regions – map available here) will address regionally identified industry-specific occupation and skill requirements.

  • RFP Release: July 23, 2019 [
  • Proposals Submission Window: September 20 - October 4, 2019
  • Proposal Review Begins: October 2019
  • Notification of Awarded Proposals: Beginning November 2019


Request for Information (RFI)


1. Applied Bachelor's Degree Programs

The deadline for institutions to submit information in response to the Applied Bachelor's Degree Programs RFI was 5:00PM on July 20, 2018. The window for submissions is now closed.
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


Request for Quote (RFQ)


1. Online Program Approval Software System [

The Ohio Department of Higher Education requests quotes for a state-level academic program review software system.