CIA launches CIA Labs

On September 21, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) announced the launch of CIA Labs. CIA Labs is a chartered member of the Federal Laboratory Consortium that brings CIA officers together with the private sector and academia to research and develop science and technology solutions in support of CIA’s mission. Through this work, CIA officers have access to leading researchers and unique facilities as well as exposure to stimulating national security challenges.

CIA Labs conducts multidisciplinary research, development, testing, and engineering to address new challenges; adapt, improve, or accelerate the production of existing solutions; and solve persistent scientific and technological problems in new ways. Its research areas include:

  • Advanced materials and manufacturing
  • Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data analytics
  • Bioscience and biotechnology
  • Distributed ledger/blockchain-enabled technologies
  • Virtual and augmented reality
  • High performance and quantum computing
  • Future wireless and telecommunications technologies
  • Robotic, autonomous, and human interface systems

As a federal laboratory, CIA Labs seeks collaboration with other federal labs and academia and is interested in outreach from such partners. Please submit ideas for partnerships and consortium research projects via this form. If inquiring about Cooperative Research and Development Arrangements (CRADA), please include the following details in the submission:

  • Organization’s name and physical address
  • Principal Investigator contact details including name, office and mobile phone numbers, and email
  • A one to two paragraph description of the desired CRADA research and development effort, including the desired CRADA tasks and the potential benefits for each collaborator

Source: CIA