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CIA launches its own federal lab for R&D

September 24, 2020

The Central Intelligence Agency is launching CIA Labs, a federal lab and in-house research and development arm intended to drive science and technology breakthroughs surrounding intelligence challenges. It establishes the CIA as a research partner for other federal labs, academia and industry in disciplines including artificial intelligence and biotechnology, quantum computing, advanced materials and manufacturing. 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; and,
  • robotic, autonomous, and human interface systems.

As a federal lab, it will enable officers to obtain patents and licenses for intellectual property, as well as provide internship and externship opportunities.

CIA Labs is asking for interested partners to reach out about general research projects and Cooperative Research and Development Arrangements (CRADAs). Organizations interested in partnership opportunities can contact CIA Labs here.

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