About the DSRI
In March of 2014, the University of Arizona (UA) launched a new University-level Innovation & Engagement Unit within Research, Discovery & Innovation—the Defense and Security Research Institute (DSRI). Designed as an interdisciplinary center of research, the DSRI will leverage UA's research strengths to better compete for external investment. Arizona has the fifth largest aerospace and defense economy in the nation and is home to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Fort Huachuca, Raytheon, and other key players with whom the UA already has strong relationships. The DSRI is expected to make the University an even more attractive partner to those entities, and will leverage the University's excellence in the disciplines that play a role in defense and security initiatives.
The interdisciplinary institute was designed to help pave the way for new, mutually beneficial partnerships between the UA, industry and the federal government by integrating research strengths from across the UA to provide unique solutions to complex problems in the defense and security communities by leveraging the University's excellence in the disciplines that play a role in defense and security initiatives. Among these strengths are optical sciences, astronomy, engineering, materials, energy, medical technologies, environmental research, and social sciences.
DSRI's Mission and Goals
The DSRI has three major objectives: to help identify and coordinate significant defense and security research opportunities, to help UA faculty and research teams obtain new sources of funding through interdisciplinary collaborations and public and private partnerships, and to serve as the UA's front door to the external defense community. The DSRI aims to expand the University's strengths in those areas while helping the UA to reach its goal of increasing research expenditures from $600 million to $756.6 million by 2025. The DSRI will provide defense and security related agency expertise, and will put in place mechanisms to support and facilitate research that supports defense and security customers. These mechanisms will include contract vehicles, facilities, and access to other transaction authorities that will help build UA's reputation as a "trusted partner" to develop/leverage/expand collaborations with the government, industry, and academia.