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NGA has a long history of partnering with the academic community on mutually beneficial activities. There are many potential mechanisms by which an academic institution or faculty member may engage with NGA. Described below are some, but not all, of the possible types of partnerships.

At NGA, Academic Outrach is organized in five domains:

Public Awareness

Partners in Education (PIE)

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Initiatives

Workforce Recruitment

Internships & Scholarships


Analytical Expertise

Guest Speakers

Human Geography Program

Research & Development

Academic Research Grants

Visiting Scientist Program

Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA)

Guide to Resources for Geospatial Academic Research

Small Business

Education & Training

Advanced Degree Programs

Foreign Language Programs

Courses offered in conjunction with the National Geospatial-Intelligence College

NGA Academic Research Program calls for grant proposals - NGA seeks proposals from eligible U.S. institutions for path-breaking GEOINT research in areas of potential interest to NGA, the DoD, and the Intelligence Community (IC). The Broad Agency Announcement is available on as Funding Opportunity Number HM0476-18-BAA-0001.

Questions about these and other academic partnership opportunities at NGA may be directed to