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InDEPENDENT research & development

innovation for mission-essential research


Ranging from developing an agent to protect from COVID-19 to understanding the neuroscience of national security decision making to building sensors for detection of weapons of mass destruction and more, NSRI IRAD projects continue to provide University of Nebraska researchers and students have tremendous capacity for innovation and foresight in the realm of national security. 

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The annual request for proposals is administered through the University of Nebraska System Collaboration Initiative, which typically launches in October with applications due in January. The 2023 RFA is now closed. The following areas were NSRI's priorities for the 2023 cycle.
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Strategic Deterrence & Nuclear

  • Data science to inform deterrence and decision making
  • Improvement of non-kinetic capabilities
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Food, Agriculture & Environment Security

  • Improved diagnostics
  • Minimally or non-invasive sensors for disease monitoring
  • Surrogate development for foreign plant and animal pathogens
  • Transmission suppression in the built environment
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Chemical and Biological Defense

  • Field-forward capabilities
  • Mobile, automated detector


The 2023 Request for Applications is now closed. Selected projects will be announced in July.

Selection Process

NSRI manages the application and selection process for its independent research and development program through the NU Collaboration Initiative in the preliminary data and application preparation grant category.

Within this category, reviewers are asked to rate applications to determine the potential for the PI/Co-PIs to build research teams that will actively seek and ultimately receive extramural funding.

Final decision on efforts selected for funding under NSRI IRAD are made by the NSRI Science and Technology Advisory Council. Final funding decisions are made by the NU Executive Vice President and Provost and NU Vice Provost.


Have a question? Ask it here, and we'll get back to you soon. Please note, NSRI IRAD only funds projects led by University of Nebraska researchers, faculty, students and staff.

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