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Funding Mechanisms

As a UARC, NSRI accesses an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicle through its sponsor, U.S. Strategic Command, which shortens the timeline from identification of need to contract award and creates trusted, collaborative relationships. NSRI also accepts funding from direct contracting vehicles, other transaction agreements, cooperative agreements and grants.



  • Legally allowed to be sole sourced under authority of 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(3)(b)
  • 5-year contract 
  • Current contract period of performance 1 September 2020 thru 31 August 2025 (task orders can be extended through 28 February 2027)
  • Maximum ceiling of $92 million
  • CICA-3 exempt for sole source funding
  • MIPR of funds possible through relationship with USSTRATCOM

Other Funding Mechanisms

  • Direct Contracts
  • Other Transaction (OT) Agreements
  • Cooperative Agreements
  • Government Purchase Card
  • Authorization, Agreement and Certification of Training (SF-182)
  • Grants

Integrated Team Processes

To reduce contracting cycle time and rework while fulfilling the requirements that support the mission, NSRI works with key partners in an integrated team process that establishes an open, effective line of communication.


Obtain and maintain senior management support and approval to empower ITP team members to make real-time decisions.


Open, two-way communication to identify issues early and ensure joint understanding of requirements.


Promote teamwork to build trust and confidence.

UARC Contracting Process

Our Integrated Team Process significantly reduces the contracting timeline and increases responsiveness to requirements.


 Requesting Sponsor


  55th Contracting Squadron

USSTRATCOM facilitates and assists throughout the process.

1: Performance Work Statement (PWS) Development

◆■  Identify requirements and budget

◆■  Draft PWS through collaborative process

      Commit Funding

      Create Independent Government Estimate

      Identify Contracting Officer Representative (COR)

       Draft Proposal

2: Request For Proposal (RFP)

◆■●  Formal PWS review

           Release of RFP

           Proposal Submission

3: Proposal Review & Award

◆   ●  Preform technical and cost analysis

◆       COR training

            Contact team reviews

      ■●  Negotiations

            Process Award Documentation

Establish A Direct Connection

Government agencies may desire a direct contract, single task or IDIQ, with our institute to:

  • Directly manage the contract process. In this case, the tasking sponsor has more control over the timing of processing tasking requirements to NSRI.
  • Create a statement of work that matches precisely with sponsor requirements.
  • Make DD-254 security specifications match precisely with sponsor requirements.
  • Avoid a processing fee for placing work under the contract.
  • Allow use of their contract by other agencies for a fee.

Steps to establish a direct sole-source contract

  1. Government prepares an acquisition plan in accordance with FAR and, if applicable, as required by DFARS 207.1.
  2. Government prepares a sole-source Justification and Approval (J&A) using CICA 3 (FAR 6.302-3). Levels of approvals are specified in FAR 6.304.
  3. If Maintenance of Essential Capabilities (CICA 3) is the basis for award, Market Research, including System for Award Management (SAM) announcements, is not a legal or regulatory requirement (note: but may still be an agency practice).
  4. Government issues a sole-source solicitation to NSRI and NSRI submits a proposal in response.
  5. Government evaluates NSRI’s proposal.
  6. Government and NSRI agree on contract terms.
  7. Government announces contract award (note: required for DOD awards of $7.5M and above).
  8. Contract awarded.

Connect With NSRI

As the DOD-designated University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) of U.S. Strategic Command and the University of Nebraska System, the National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI) delivers solutions for strategic deterrence and CWMD mission requirements gaps. Our rapid-response capabilities and efficient contracting vehicle can help federal government program managers meet critical research and development needs. Connect with us to learn more.

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