Imaging agency maps plans for geospatial R&D

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

NIMA, which last 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 program:
  • Category 1: Winners will receive from $10,000 to $50,000 for papers detailing concepts to advance geospatial intelligence. NIMA described the papers as thesis-grade scientific or technical documents.

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

The winners will present their papers and demonstrate their systems at a future Geospatial Intelligence Symposium. For more information, go to and enter 143 in the box.

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