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with the University of Nebraska at Omaha

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

Since 2012, ten UNO researchers have led 20 contracts through NSRI, bringing collaborators and students into the national security mission space to offer their insight and expertise. We are proud to celebrate the many accomplishments of the UNO campus!

Latest Work

UNO researchers have consistently leveraged the efficiency of NSRI’s contracting process to pursue important deliverables that move their body of work forward while solving DOD challenges. In total, 11 UNO researchers have led or co-led projects for customers through NSRI since 2012.

likens and myers

Technology for monitoring, analyzing soldier readiness

Led by Aaron Likens with support from Sara Myers, the project is developing a digital readiness toolkit that will analyze soldier movement and physiological processes in real-time, empowering military leaders with objective data when making critical decisions for soldier well-being as well as mission success.

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personnel database

Streamlining USSTRATCOM personnel databases to create efficiency

Dustin White, Patricia Meglich and Ben Smith combined their expertise in human resources, process analysis and data assessments to dive into the 12-month project and deliver a final personnel-related dashboard system to U.S. Strategic Command.

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NSRI Fellows

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

  • T. Lynne Barone, sociology and anthropology
  • Michelle Black, political science
  • Chris Burcal, health and kinesiology
  • Elizabeth Chalecki, political science
  • Paul Davis, biology
  • Paul Denton, biology
  • Doug Derrick, information sciences and technology
  • Austin Doctor, political science
  • Robin Gandhi, information sciences and technology
  • Dario Ghersi, interdisciplinary informatics
  • George Grispos, interdisciplinary informatics
  • Deanna House, information systems & quantitative analysis
  • Samuel Hunter, industrial organizational psychology
  • Thomas Jamieson, public administration
  • Alexey Kamenskiy, biomechanics
  • Erin Kearns, criminology
  • Brian Knarr, biomechanics
  • William Kramer, industrial & organizational psychology
  • Aaron Likens, biomechanics
  • Jeremy Harris Lipschultz, mass communications
  • Jody Neathery-Castro, political science
  • Lana Obradovic, political science
  • Roni Reiter-Palmon, psychology
  • Ryan Riskowski, physics
  • Dustin Slivka, health and kinesiology
  • Dustin White, economics

Students of NSRI

One of the most critical challenges in the future of national security is workforce. NSRI creates student experiences that allow aspiring national security experts to hone their skills, understand their opportunities and expand their knowledge.

News, Features & Mentions

#NSRIFellow Feature: Dr. Deanna House
Assistant professor of information systems and quantitative analysis at the University of Nebraska at Omaha
UNO Researcher Shares Expertise at Arctic Defense Conference
UNO News | NSRI Fellows Michelle Black & Deanna House
Ukraine's Drone Army Takes Bites Out of Bigger Opponent
The Wall Street Journal | NSRI Fellow Austin Doctor

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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