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InDEPENDENT research & development

innovation for mission-essential research


The NSRI IRAD 2022 proposal and selection process will be administered through the NU Collaboration Initiative, which aims to enhance competitiveness of University of Nebraska faculty for extramural funding by fully leveraging intellectual capacity and research resources across the campuses.

This opportunity is open to NU researchers and students and may include NSRI scientists. NSRI IRAD is in the preliminary data and application preparation category, which offers up to $40,000 in seed funding per selected project for one year.

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Special Considerations

Additionally, proposals for 2022 funding with the following characteristics will receive special consideration.
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U.S. Strategic Command

NSRI is the University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) of NU and USSTRATCOM. As such, there is special interest from NU and NSRI to innovate research and development in support of the command’s mission.

View USSTRATCOM 2021-2022 research topics.

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Agricultural Biosecurity

In partnership with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) NSRI has launched the Collaborative Biosecurity Laboratory, which will have a special focus on agricultural biosecurity.

Download information brief.

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NSRI Team Members

NSRI’s team of scientists have extensive experience in supporting the Department of Defense. Their technical expertise and contextual knowledge of the mission space could be a valuable addition to proposals.

Contact Traci Hancock at to learn more about our experts.


September 27, 2021
RFP released
Via NU Collaboration Initiative

October 16, 2021
Deadline to register for NU Collaboration Initiative Retreat
Register at

October 28, 2021
NU Collaboration Initiative Retreat
Details at

January 10, 2022
Proposals Due
Must be submitted by 5 p.m. CT, at

Selection Process

NSRI is managing 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 will be 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 will be made by the NSRI Science and Technology Advisory Council. Final funding decisions will be made by the Vice Provost and the Executive Vice President and 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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