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2023 Request for Applications

NSRI is now accepting applications for projects for 2023 seed funding. This process is administered through the University of Nebraska Collaboration Initiative, but several details follow on this page, including NSRI's priorities for this cycle of funding. Funding is available only to University of Nebraska researchers, faculty, students and staff. To be considered for the NSRI IRAD program, the project narrative must note the specific NSRI theme or topic that will be addressed. Potential funding ranges from $10,000 to $150,000 over or up to a two-year period with a maximum single year award amount of $75,000.

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NSRI IRAD 2023 Priorities

NSRI selects priorities annually. Other collaboration opportunities can be submitted if they fit firmly within NSRI’s mission and an NSRI collaborator can be identified.
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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


Important dates for the 2023 NSRI IRAD program.

November 4, 2022
Registration closes for NU Collaboration Initiative Retreat

November 18, 2022
NU Collaboration Initiative Retreat
Attendance at this event is required in order to be considered for funding.

January 17, 2023
Application deadline by 5 p.m. CT
Submission of the application is through the NU Collaboration Initiative on NU Ramp.To be considered for the NSRI IRAD program, the project narrative must note the specific NSRI theme or topic that will be addressed. All routing signatures, after those required at submission, must be received by January 31, 2023.

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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