The Ohio Plant Biotechnology Consortium (OPBC) solicits applications annually from member institutions for research projects. The current solicitation can be seen at:  2014 RFP

All persons in member institutions who are eligible investigators under the rules of their institutions are invited to participate.

The key goal of the Consortium is to strike a balance between the basic sciences that comprise biotechnology and the exploitation of this information for the benefit of Ohio citizens, agriculture, and natural resources. Such an agenda, given the structure of Ohio’s economy, is to be distributed as the shared mission of all publicly funded institutions of higher learning. OPBC was formed to maximize the development of an Ohio-based cooperative community of biotechnologies and to minimize duplication among state funded institutions. Without doubt, a huge intellectual resource exists within the Ohio university system that can be harnessed either by joining together existing technologies in a collaborative way or by developing synergies among the membership to solve problems of global, national, and local significance.

Examples of research areas that will potentially be supported by the Consortium include, but are not restricted to:
• Biobased products/energy
• Bio-remediation
• Plant improvement
• Alternate crop/plant development

Program is contingent upon the continued allocation of funding from the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC).