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NGA Academic Research Program (NARP)

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency provides Grants for basic research to colleges and universities for research that will benefit future NGA needs and requirements.   This research provides the fundamental science support for NGA’s applied and advanced research programs to address gaps in imagery and geospatial science and technology. The components of the NARP are: 

  • NGA University Research Initiatives (NURI): the NURI Program supports research in geospatial intelligence disciplines at U.S.colleges and universities.  NURI grants are open to private and public educational institutions that carry out science and engineering research and/or related science and engineering education, including all institutions of higher education that meet the criteria in section 1201a of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1141(a)).

  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions Grants (HBCU/MI):
    the HBCU/MI program invests in educational research to develop and enrich academic and research geospatial environments at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  The applicant institution  must be a U.S. accredited college, university, or other four-year degree-granting institution that provides post-secondary school courses of study; is classified as a Historically Black College or University and Minority Serving Institutions such as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Tribal College or University , or an Asian American and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution.

  • NGA Outstanding New Scientific and Technical Innovative Researcher (ONSTIR) Program:
    the ONSTIR program awards grants which are open to faculty employed by eligible institutions who are U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent U.S. residents holding faculty positions at U.S. universities and colleges and who have held their doctorate degrees (PhD or equivalent) for less than five years at the time of application. Faculty must be employed by institutions of higher education that meet the criteria in section 1201a of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1141(a)). These grants are awarded to the institutions and are intended to support outstanding university faculty members to conduct innovative research on NGA interests and requirements. 

  • NGA Research Collaboration Forums:
    the NRCF grants are open to private and public educational institutions that carry out science and engineering research and/or related science and engineering education, including all institutions of higher education that meet the criteria in section 1201a of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1141(a)). An eligible lead institution will be the primary awardee for purposes of award execution. These grants are intended to encourage collaboration forums in the United States for the systematic exploration and advancement of greater scientific breakthroughs or understanding in one or more of the research interests of NGA.

  • Service Academy Education:
    NGA provides funding to support basic research and education-related research activities in the geospatial sciences at the US Service Academies.
  • Visiting Scientist Program: This Visiting Scientist Program enables academic researchers to gain a unique insight into NGA's mission and research needs by working "shoulder-to-shoulder" with NGA scientists at NGA facilities.  

If you have any questions about the NARP program, please send an email to NARPPO@nga.mil.

If you have an interest in any of the four competitive grant programs described above (NURI, HBCU-MI, ONSTIR, NRCF) please see the NGA Broad Agency Announcements posted on the Grants.gov web site.  Questions about the VSP should be submitted to NARPPO@nga.mil.

 
 
 

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