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Research & development for scientific solutions

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Respond. Advance. Deliver.

One of only 15 University Affiliated Research Centers (UARC) in the country designated by the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI) works to ensure U.S. safety and preparedness against increasingly sophisticated threats. It is a non-profit research institute sponsored by U.S. Strategic Command and affiliated with the University of Nebraska System.


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Mission

As a UARC, NSRI is a trusted agent to the federal government, required to provide and maintain essential engineering, research and development capabilities needed by the DOD. NSRI works within the strategic deterrence and CWMD mission areas. Committed mission >  

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Capabilities

NSRI deepens U.S. strategic and operational understanding of 21st-century national security implications by providing research, development, testing, evaluation and training across the threat spectrum and in multiple domains. Innovative capabilities >

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Workforce

Undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral scientists participate in ground-breaking research through NSRI. Working with top researchers prepares students for employment within the DOD and other national security agencies. Inspiring workforce >

Experienced Scientists & Strategists

With hundreds of years of experience working in or in support of the DOD, NSRI's leadership team is dedicated, knowledgeable and ready to act. 

Leadership

With hundreds of years of experience working in or in support of the DOD, NSRI's leadership team is dedicated, knowledgeable and ready to act. 

NSRI collaborates with a multidisciplinary network of experienced University of Nebraska researchers who can help investigate and solve multiple defense-related challenges.

Researchers

NSRI collaborates with a multidisciplinary network of experienced University of Nebraska researchers who can help investigate and solve multiple defense-related challenges.

As USSTRATCOM's UARC, NSRI accesses multiple leverage points to focus on strategic deterrence requirements, advocates for paths-to-solutions for federal agencies and delivers cutting-edge research.

USSTRATCOM Sponsorship

As USSTRATCOM's UARC, NSRI accesses multiple leverage points to focus on strategic deterrence requirements, advocates for paths-to-solutions for federal agencies and delivers cutting-edge research.

NSRI At A Glance

Pushing the institute over the $250 million milestone in fall 2023 was its second highest-performing federal fiscal year on record — $45 million in awards secured. During the 2023 academic fiscal year, NSRI returned $3 for every $1 the University of Nebraska System invested in the institute.
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$255 Million

Total awards
since 2012

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172

Total contracts and grants
since 2012

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44

NU principal investigators leading projects through NSRI since 2012

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27

Current, active projects
contracted through NSRI

Releases & Features

From Radios in Turkey to DOD Fieldwork in Nebraska: NSRI Researcher Educates Next-Gen Experts
NSRI Fellow Mehmet Can Vuran, Dale M. Jensen Chair and Professor of Computing, School of Computing, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Student of NSRI: George Santarpia contributes to biological defense projects
Senior biochemistry major at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln 

Media Mentions

14 Huskers named new NSRI fellows
Nebraska Today | NSRI Fellows Aron Barbey, Rick Bevins, Andreia Bianchini-Huebner, Clay Cressler, Nathan Huynh, Louise Lynch-O'Brien, Patrice McMahon, Benny Mote, Massimiliano Pierobon, Robert Powers, John Ruberson, Cody Stolle, Harkamal Walia & Karrie Weber
Five more UNK faculty members named National Strategic Research Institute Fellows
UNK News | NSRI Fellows Paul Burger, Chris Exstrom, Krista Forrest, Austin Nuxoll & Basheer Qolomany
UNO Receives $11 Million NIH Grant to Combat Cardiovascular Diseases
UNO Newsroom | NSRI Fellow Alexey Kamenskiy

Connect With NSRI

As the DOD-designated University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) of U.S. Strategic Command and the University of Nebraska System, the National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI) delivers solutions for strategic deterrence and CWMD mission requirements gaps. Our rapid-response capabilities and efficient contracting vehicle can help federal government program managers meet critical research and development needs. Connect with us to learn more.

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