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Mission Impact

with the university of nebraska–lincoln

NSRI At A Glance

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$207.5 Million

Total awards
since 2012

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Total contracts and grants
since 2012

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NU principal investigators leading projects through NSRI since 2012

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Current, active projects
contracted through NSRI

Celebrating a Decade

In celebration of its tenth anniversary, NSRI has updated this impact report to highlight the contributions of UNL researchers and students to its national security mission. In total, 18 UNL researchers have led 35 of these projects.


Current Work

NSRI is proudly leveraging UNL experts and capabilities to deliver on the following recent contracts.

Facility Spotlight

NSRI Fellows

Through the NSRI fellows program, NSRI brings UNL researchers closer to its mission space, supports their endeavors and optimizes innovation.

  • Craig Allen, natural resources
  • Matt Andrews, biochemistry
  • Tala Awada, physiological plant ecology
  • Sina Balkir, electrical & computer engineering
  • Scott Barrett, psychology
  • Mark Bauer, electrical & computer engineering
  • William Belcher, anthropology
  • David Berkowitz, chemistry 
  • Justin Bradley, computer science & engineering
  • Nicole Buan, biochemistry
  • Edgar Cahoon, biochemistry
  • Mehmet Can Vuran, computer science & engineering
  • Byron Chaves-Elizondo, food science & technology
  • Carrick Detweiler, computer science & engineering
  • Eric Dodds, chemistry
  • Brittany Duncan, computer science & engineering
  • Patrick Dussault, chemistry
  • Loren Giesler, plant pathology
  • George Gogos, mechanical & materials engineering
  • Ingrid Haas, political science
  • Andrew Harms, electrical & computer engineering
  • Tomas Helikar, biochemistry
  • Michael Hempel, electrical & computer engineering
  • Matt Hille, veterinary medicine & biomedical sciences
  • Terry Howell, food science & technology
  • Jerry Hudgins, electrical & computer engineering
  • Qing Hui, electrical & computer engineering
  • Scott Johnson, engineering
  • Srivatsan Kidambi, chemical & biomolecular engineering
  • Rebecca Lai, chemistry
  • Xu Li, civil & environmental engineering
  • Dustin Loy, veterinary medicine & microbiology
  • Yongfeng Lu, electrical & computer engineering
  • Elsbeth Magilton, law
  • Scott McVey, veterinary medicine & biomedical sciences
  • Eric Markvicka, mechanical & materials engineering
  • Rupal Mehta, political science
  • Martha Morton, chemistry
  • Rod Moxley, veterinary medicine & biomedical sciences
  • Carl Nelson, mechanical &  materials engineering
  • Jill O'Donnell, international trade & finance
  • Angela Pannier, biological systems engineering
  • Yi Qian, electrical & computer engineering
  • Byrav Ramamurthy, computer science & engineering
  • Ben Riggan, electrical & computer engineering
  • Mark Riley, biological systems engineering
  • Mario Scalora, psychology
  • Daniel Schachtman, agronomy & horticulture
  • Hamid Sharif, electrical & computer engineering
  • Mark Svoboda, natural resources
  • Kees Uiterwaal, physics & astronomy
  • Don Umstadter, physics & astronomy
  • Liz VanWormer, veterinary medicine & biomedical sciences
  • Shari Veil, journalism & mass communications
  • Hiep Vu, animal sciences
  • Ashley Votruba, psychology
  • Brian Wardlow, natural resources
  • Eric Weaver, biological sciences
  • Tyler White, political science
  • Richard Wilson, plant pathology
  • You Zhou, virology
  • Craig Zuhlke, electrical & computer engineering

Students of NSRI

One of the most critical challenges in the future of national security is workforce. NSRI is intent on creating student experiences that allow aspiring national security experts to hone their skills, understand their opportunities and expand their knowledge. The following UNL students have contributed
directly to deliverables to customers and NSRI throughout the last year.

Work with NSRI

NSRI is NU's University Affiliated Research Center

The National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI) at the University of Nebraska (NU) is one of just 15 University Affiliated Research Centers (UARC) designated by the Department of Defense in the country. It is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) affiliated with NU and sponsored by U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM).

  • As a UARC, NSRI is a trusted agent of the federal government and DOD. It's primary customer is USSTRATCOM, but it conducts research and support across the DOD and with other federal government agencies with national security missions.
  • As NU's UARC, NSRI strategically engages university researchers, administrators and students to understand the university's capabilities and expertise so it can connect to current and potential DOD and federal government sponsors. These engagements are also used to bring forward specific customer challenges to solicit responses from NU experts.

NSRI receives funding primarily through task orders via an Indefinite-Delivery Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicle through USSTRATCOM. The UARC designation and IDIQ contract vehicle provide an efficient contracting process for the federal government and DOD — more than 40 federal government agencies have leveraged this process to work with NU researchers and NSRI scientists.

NU researchers choose to work through NSRI to:

  • Gain access to potential funding for their work
  • Build their body of work with the purpose of helping our country's warfighters
  • Apply their expertise to defense challenges

In pursuit of its mission, NSRI guides its work, collaborations and partnerships through its:


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