Project NExT

Transforming Care, Training and Education Response

Project NExT is a transformational public-private partnership to create a federal, all-hazard health security disaster response space that is adaptable and leverages the University of Nebraska Medical Center/Nebraska Medicine’s experience and global leadership in infectious diseases and biopreparedness to meet America’s current and future unmet health care training, education and capacity needs consistent with the Biden Administration plan to launch urgent public health system improvements for now and the future.

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NExT: Transforming Care, Training & Education Response


Why will Project NExT be Vital for Future U.S. Health Infrastructure?

This effort will improve the readiness of the nation’s civilian and military health system to partner to respond to a catastrophic disaster such as another pandemic, accident, or overt attack.

Through a multi-year project with the federal departments led by the Department of Defense, Project NExT is designed to create a joint civilian-military medical surge facility through public-private partnerships. The partnership will expand federal medical surge capability and improve the National Disaster Medical System training run by Health and Human Services.

UNMC/Nebraska Medicine’s mission has always been to lead the world in transforming lives through premier educational programs, innovative research and extraordinary patient care. This project allows us to share our knowledge with medical centers nationwide, improving overall readiness for the U.S. in the face of future unforeseen needs.


As a truly transformational project with deep roots in both national defense strategy and 21st century health innovation, we are grateful to have received tremendous support to-date and are confident that we will reach our funding goals through public/private partnerships.

The state of Nebraska has already approved $300 million in funding to support Project NExT. In August of 2020, Governor Ricketts signed Legislative Bill 107 into law – a package of bills that included a pledge to devote $300 million in state funds contingent on federal government and private donors ability to come up with $1.3 billion in funding for the proposal. This demonstrates their strong commitment to seeing this project become a reality.

Recent News

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Omaha World Herald

UNMC's multibillion-dollar Project NExT reaches 'key milestone'

Omaha has been selected as one of five pilot sites in the U.S. tasked with developing a federal program to bolster the nation's disaster response capacity.

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ABC News

Doctor who correctly predicted COVID-19 death toll in US reflects on pandemic

One infectious disease specialist was able to predict the grim outcome.

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The Wall Street Journal

Evacuation of Diamond Princess Set Off Race for U.S. Hospital Beds

The arrival of 14 evacuees with the new coronavirus tested the U.S. public health system’s readiness to handle an influx of cases.

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ABC News

'American Catastrophe: How Did We Get Here?': 5 key takeaways

An ABC News investigation examines the evolution of the global pandemic.

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U.S. Coronavirus Cases Have Been Highest in the World For 6 Months

Coronavirus cases in the U.S. have soared past 7 million to date, with over 200,000 deaths, exactly six months since the country was reported to have the most number of cases in the world.

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The Atlantic

Hospitals Know What’s Coming

“We are on an absolutely catastrophic path,” said a COVID-19 doctor at America’s best-prepared hospital.

Additional Info/Resources

The Global Center for Health Security

The Global Center for Health Security at UNMC is home to the national Training, Simulation and Quarantine Center, which features the nation's only federal quarantine unit and simulated biocontainment units for advanced experiential training.

Research Capabilities

The Global Center for Health Security is forging advances in biopreparedness and in moving critical, life-saving discoveries out of the lab and into clinical trials.

National Training, Simulation and Quarantine Center

The result of a nearly $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the TSQC encompasses an entire floor of the new $119 million Dr. Edwin G. & Dorothy Balbach Davis Global Center on UNMC’s Omaha campus.

National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center

NETEC is comprised of faculty and staff from Emory University, the University of Nebraska Medical Center/Nebraska Medicine and the New York Health and Hospitals Corporation, Bellevue Hospital Center. All three of these health care institutions have safely and successfully treated patients with Ebola and have worked diligently to share their knowledge with other health care facilities and public health jurisdictions.

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