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UNOAI Report 02-1
The Nebraska Initiative for Aerospace Research and Industrial Development (NIARID) was designed to accelerate the state’s efforts to expand its capacity, national competitiveness, and infrastructure in aerospace research and industry. The systemic goal of the NIARID was to strengthen Nebraska’s long-term ability to develop new, and strengthen current, aerospace research activities that increase the state’s national research competitiveness, foster sustainable growth in aerospace-related industry and the state’s economic development; complement the mission and activities of the Nebraska Space Grant Consortium (NSGC); and advance the goals of NASA and its enterprises. Funding from NIARID accelerated the establishment of a permanent national-level research and education center in aerospace science in Nebraska.
The NIARID was founded on, and drew from, a number of supportive structures already in place in the state, including the NSGC, Nebraska EPSCoR, the Nebraska Research Initiative, the Aviation Institute, and the Department of Economic Development
The NlARID was a program of focused research and infrastructure strengthening, junior faculty development, educational outreach, industrial development, and long-term strategic planning. It took active measures to broaden the spectrum of aerospace research and industry in the state by encouraging the development of innovative scientific investigations. Its structure ensured effective technology transfer by actively involving industry in all facets of its implementation. It was designed to ensure that Nebraska’s aerospace research and development continues to thrive long after NIARID funding ends.
University of Nebraska Omaha Aviation Institute
Bowen, Brent D. and UNO Aviation Institute, "Nebraska Initiative for Aerospace Research and Industrial Development (NIARID): Final Report" (2002). Faculty Books and Monographs. 148.