Through its independent research and development (IRAD) initiative, NSRI develops technical capabilities and competencies for its sponsor U.S. Strategic Command as well as the broader Department of Defense community focused on detecting and countering weapons of mass destruction. Funding is available only to University of Nebraska researchers, faculty, students and staff. Through this initiative, the institute:
- Partners with University of Nebraska colleagues to enable and support its core research areas now and into the future.
- Catalyzes innovation efforts that support its mission and proactively serve customers throughout the Department of Defense and other federal agencies.
- Cultivates national security-focused research within the University of Nebraska campuses.