National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Academic Research Program (NARP)

Funding Agency:
Department of Defense

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is releasing this solicitation for its sponsored academic research program. This publication constitutes a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) as contemplated in Department of Defense (DoD) Grant and Agreement Regulations (DoDGARs) 22.315(a) as defined in the Federal Register. Grants and cooperative agreements are the anticipated agreements resulting from this BAA; however, other instruments may be considered as appropriate. A formal Request for Proposals (RFP) will not be issued. NGA will not provide funding for direct reimbursement of proposal development costs.

The NGA Academic Research Program (NARP) is focused on innovative, far-reaching basic and applied research having the potential to advance the geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) mission.  The support for high-payoff research provides the basis for revolutionary progress in areas of science and technology affecting the needs and mission of NGA and the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG), which is the combination of technology, systems and organizations that gather, produce, distribute and consume geospatial data and information. 

NGA’s mission is to provide timely, relevant, and accurate GEOINT in support of national security objectives.  GEOINT is the exploitation and analysis of imagery and geospatial information to describe, assess, and visually depict physical features and geographically referenced activities on the Earth.  GEOINT consists of imagery, imagery intelligence, and geospatial information. NGA offers a variety of critical GEOINT products in support of U.S. national security objectives and Federal disaster relief, including aeronautical, geodesy, hydrographic, imagery, geospatial and topographical information.


White papers may be submitted at any time before 11:59 p.m. EDT on 30 September 2021.  Proposals, if requested, may be submitted at any time until the closing date of 31 December 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

1.1General areas of research can include

  • Access to GEOINT data and services
  • Advancing Geolocation and data uncertainty
  • Anticipatory Analysis
  • Computer Vision
  • Geophysics
  • Geolinguistics
  • Graph Methods for Geospatial Data
  • Image Science
  • Machine Learning
  • Massive Data / data science
  • Mesh Networks
  • Predictive Intelligence
  • Radio Tomographic Imaging (RTI)
  • Signature Development & Discovery (GEOINT Phenomenologies)
  • Space Situational Awareness
  • Spatio-Temporal Analysis
  • Strategic Indications and Warning
  • Subsurface GEOINT
  • Video Content Extraction, Indexing and Search
  • Visual Analytics for GEOINT

Eligibility Requirements

For this BAA competition, the following are eligible recipients:  public and private accredited institutions of higher education; University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs), unless prohibited by their Government UARC contract; public or private hospitals and private non-profit organizations, such as, but not limited to, community action agencies, educational research institutes, educational associations, and health centers.  The recipients may also be consortia comprised of any combination of universities, other nonprofit organizations, not-for-profit organizations, and other entities, to the extent that the consortia are legally incorporated as nonprofit organizations.

Eligible candidates may submit proposals in any of the following three categories:

  • NGA University Research Initiatives (NURI) awards.  NURI awards focused on fundamental research in Geospatial Intelligence topics such as those listed under section I paragraph 9. Research Opportunity Synopsis and are open to all eligible U.S. institutions.


  • NGA New Investigator Program (NIP) Grants.  These awards are open to faculty employed by eligible institutions who are U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent U.S. residents who have held their doctorate degrees (PhD or equivalent) for less than five years at the time of application.  These grants are awarded to the institutions and are intended to support outstanding faculty members’ ability to conduct innovative research on NGA initiatives and to further encourage their research and academic careers.  If awarded, strong institution support for the applicant throughout the grant period is required.  This support may include time released from teaching or administrative responsibilities; the purchase of equipment; support for the applicant's graduate students; or departmental cost sharing.  It must be evident that the institution views the applicant as a truly outstanding, potential leading faculty member, and is making a long-term commitment to his/her application and research. 


  • NGA Research Collaboration Forum (NRCF) Grants.  NRCF awards are open to private and public educational institutions that carry out science and engineering research and/or related science and engineering education.  An eligible lead institution will be the primary awardee for purposes of award execution.  These awards are intended to encourage collaboration fora in the United States for the systematic exploration and advancement of greater scientific breakthroughs or understanding in one or more GEOINT research issues.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

September 30, 2021