Imaging agency plans geospatial R&D initiative

The National Imagery and Mapping Agency this fall plans to award R&D contracts to develop innovative geospatial technologies.

NIMA, which this month released a broad agency announcement, will fund the contracts at up to $1 million as part of its Innovation Program. The agency will announce the contracts in October at the Geospatial Intelligence Symposium in New Orleans.

NIMA has set up two categories for the research program:

  • Category 1: The winners, who will receive from $10,000 to $50,000, must submit papers detailing concepts to advance geospatial intelligence. The BAA describes the papers as thesis-grade scientific or technical documents.

  • Category 2: The recipients, who will get from $50,000 to $500,000, must build advanced prototype systems, software or other tools that will improve the quality of geospatial intelligence.

  • The winners will either present their papers or demonstrate their systems at a future Geospatial Intelligence Symposium.

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