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with the university of nebraska medical center

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

Leading researchers have extended their expertise to defense challenges through 29 projects since 2012. Led by 17 principal investigators, hundreds of contributing researchers and students have provided the unique resources and facilities of UNMC to the Department of Defense and federal government agencies pursuing national security missions.

Ongoing Work

In total, 18 UNMC researchers have served as principal investigators on projects through NSRI since 2012. Contracts have ranged from 12 months to several years in length.
The following projects are still underway.


NSRI has proudly appointed 33 UNMC researchers as fellows, bringing these experts closer to its mission space, supporting their endeavors and optimizing collaboration and innovation across the campuses.

  • Christopher Barrett, surgery
  • Ken Bayles, pathology and microbiology
  • Elizabeth Beam, nursing
  • Jesse Bell, environmental, agricultural and occupational health
  • David Brett-Major, chemistry
  • Mara Broadhurst, microbiology and infectious disease
  • Keely Buesing, surgery
  • Eric Carnes, chemical engineering
  • Rao Chundury, ophthalmology
  • Rebecca Deegan, biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Edward Fehringer, orthopedic surgery & rehabilitation
  • Babu Guda, genetics, cell biology and anatomy
  • Mark Hamill, surgery
  • Angela Hewlett, infectious disease
  • Corey Hopkins, pharmaceutical sciences
  • Kevin Kemp, surgery
  • Victoria Kennel, industrial-organizational psychology
  • Joseph Khoury, pathology & microbiology
  • Chris Kratochvil, clinical research & psychiatry
  • Ronald Krueger, ophthalmology
  • Marilynn Larson, pathology and microbiology
  • James Lawler, internal medicine
  • Bethany Lowndes, neurological sciences
  • Miguel Matos, surgery
  • Aaron Mohs, pharmaceutical sciences
  • Daniel Monaghan, pharmacology and experimental neuroscience
  • Stephen Obaro, infectious disease
  • Nicholas Palermo, computational chemistry
  • Gurudutt Pendyala, anesthesiology
  • St. Patrick Reid, pathology and microbiology
  • Stephen Rennard, pulmonary, critical care & sleep medicine
  • Matthew Rizzo, neurological sciences
  • Eleanor Rogan, environmental, agricultural & occupational health
  • Michael Rosenthal, physical therapy education
  • Anthony Sambol, pathology & microbiology
  • Alicia Schiller, anesthesiology
  • Micah Schott, biochemistry & molecular biology
  • Paul Sorgen, biochemistry & molecular biology
  • Denis Svechkarev, pharmaceutical sciences
  • James Talmadge, pathology and microbiology
  • Dong Wang, pharmaceutical sciences
  • Steven Yeh, ophthalmology and visual sciences
  • Sowmya Yelemanchili, anesthesiology

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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