Internal research & development program

innovation for mission-essential research


In this inaugural year of its IRAD program, NSRI is offering up to $100,000 in funding for research, development and training programs in its research focus areas.

Program Details

Research Focus Areas

NSRI’s research focus areas directly pursue the institute's mission. IRAD project proposals for research, development and training deliverables are all encouraged.
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Chemical & Biological Defense

Projects that support CB detection, interdiction and consequence management for events that include both intentional chemical and/or biological attacks as well as accidents and naturally occurring epidemics.

Airplane interbay military aircraft testing and validation

Medical Countermeasures

Projects that address the medical response to all weapons of mass destruction.

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Cyber Programs

Projects that focus on active and passive defense against cyber attacks both alone and in combination with other WMD.

Strategic Deterrence

Projects that support nuclear deterrence policy, nuclear threat analysis and weapon design, nuclear wargaming, strategic materials, NC3, U.S. nuclear weapon requirements, escalation dynamics, decision making support, and strategic/operational planning.

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Nuclear & Radiological Defense

Projects supporting nuclear detection, precision nuclear forensics, nuclear counter-terrorism, counter-proliferation, hazard modeling and decontamination and nuclear consequence management.

Selection Process

The review process reflects both a rigorous programmatic review and technical review to ensure that IRAD projects map clearly to NSRI’s mission.

Programmatic review: Applications will be reviewed by the appropriate NSRI director. Up to 10 finalists will be selected to move on to the technical merit review round.

Technical merit review: NSRI directors with project proposers will present to a technical review committee comprised of subject matter experts.


November 2, 2020
RFP available (left)
Open question period (see form below)

January 15, 2021
Phase I proposals due

February 15, 2021
Finalists notified

March 15, 2021
Phase II proposals due

June 2021
Announcement of IRAD recipients

July 1, 2021
Funds distributed 


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