Mission & Goals
Mission & Goals
DSRI strengthens the position of the UA and the state of Arizona as leading players in the global defense community.
Defense and security was highlighted as one of seven research areas to present opportunities for capturing research strengths across multiple fields of expertise with the aim of continued funding growth, innovation, and economic development in the University’s strategic plan.
The DSRI was launched in 2014 with 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
- 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 Institute provides defense and security related agency expertise, and puts in place mechanisms to support and facilitate research that supports defense and security customers. These mechanisms include contract vehicles, facilities, and access to other transaction authorities that will help build UA's reputation as a "trusted partner" to develop, leverage, and expand collaborations with the government, industry, and academia.
The DSRI strengthens the position of the UA and the state of Arizona as leading global institutions ready to address these challenges and enhance their competitiveness.
Why work with Defense and Security?
- The Department of Defense (DoD) is the largest federal sponsor of R&D and the third-largest federal sponsor of academic R&D.
- The DoD depends heavily on innovation and technical capabilities – found at the nation’s top research universities – to maintain its competitive advantage over adversaries.
- DoD is the largest funder of engineering research at universities.
- Arizona is among the top 10 states in Aerospace and Defense.