Partnerships & Sponsors

Scientists, students, and staff at the Desert Research Institute work for and in collaboration with local, regional, national, and international agencies, organizations, foundations, universities and private-sector industry on a variety of research projects and environmental issues.

Below you will find the sponsors and collaborators listed out by organizational differnces: Federal, State, Local, Private and Non-profit, International, and University collaborators. 

These are a few of the Federal organizations that have partnered with DRI most recently.

  • National Aeronautics & Space Administration
  • National Science Foundation
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • National Institute for Food and Agriculture
  • Natural Resource Conservation Service
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • National Nuclear Security Administration
  • Office of Science
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • Strategic Environmental R&D Program
  • U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • National Institutes of Health
  • U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • National Park Service
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Geological Survey

These are some of the States and the organizations that work with DRI.

State of California

  • Air Resources Board
  • Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District

State of Colorado

  • Colorado Water Conservation Board

State of Oklahoma

  • Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality

State of Oregon

  • Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

State of Nevada

  • Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
  • Department of Education
  • Nevada Division of Environmental Protection
  • Nevada Division of Water Resources
  • Division of State Lands
  • Governor’s Office of Economic Development
  • Nevada System of Higher Education

These are the local cities and jurisdictions that work with DRI.

  • City of Sparks
  • Douglas County School District
  • Nevada Tahoe Conservation District
  • Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
  • Tahoe Resource Conservation District
  • Lincoln County
  • Walker River Irrigation District
  • Western Regional Water Commission

These are the private and non-profit organizations and individual that support DRI and our scientific research.

  • American Ecotech LLC
  • Barrick Goldstrike Mines, Inc.
  • Battelle Memorial Institute
  • Bay Area Environmental Research Institute (BAERI)
  • Conservation Science Partners
  • Coordinating Research Council
  • DRI Foundation
  • Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling
  • Geisse Foundation
  • Google, Inc.
  • Grand Junction Water Enhancement Authority
  • Health Effects Institute
  • Idaho Power Company
  • Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority
  • Kautz Environmental Consultants, Inc.
  • Leidos
  • Montrose Environmental Group, Inc.
  • Mount Rose Ski Tahoe
  • Northgate Environmental Management Company
  • Ojai Valley Land Conservancy
  • Reno Rotary Foundation
  • Renown Health/Renown Institute for Health Innovation, LLC
  • Robins Borghei LLP
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • Santa Fe Irrigation District
  • South Tahoe Public Utility District
  • Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
  • Wallace Genetic Foundation
  • Waste Management, Inc.
  • Western Cultural Resource Management, Inc.
  • Windward Fund
  • Wood Buffalo Environmental Association
  • World Vision, Inc.

These International agencies work with DRI in our global reach.

  • Korea Institute of Science and Technology
  • Royal Geographical Society (UK)

University collaboration is an important part of successful scientific education.


  • Montana State University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Northwestern University
  • Universidad Nacional de Colombia at Medellin
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Merced
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of Houston
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Utah


For details on how to partner with DRI
Dr. Vic Etyemezian, Ph.D
Vice President for Research
Office: 702-862-5569