NGA’s Academic Research Program awards research grants to universities to support basic research of interest to the agency, to fill gaps in imagery or geospatial science and technology, and/or to develop associated education and training programs.a NGA also offers scholarships and paid internships to college students.b Programs include the following:
NGA University Research Initiatives—support research in geospatial intelligence disciplines at U.S. colleges and universities that carry out science and engineering research and/or related education.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions Grants—support educational research to develop and enrich geospatial research and teaching environments at historically black colleges or universities and minority serving institutions.
NGA Outstanding New Scientific and Technical Innovative Researcher Program—support innovative NGA-relevant research by faculty members who have held their doctorate degrees for less than 5 years.
NGA Research Collaboration Forums—encourage collaboration among educational institutions that carry out science and engineering research to advance scientific breakthroughs or improve understanding of research areas of interest to NGA.
Service Academy Education—support basic research arid education-related research activities in geospatial sciences at the U.S. service academies.
Visiting Scientist Program—place visiting academic researchers in NGA facilities.
NGA Student Employment Program—provide summer internships to undergraduate and graduate students to give them real work experience and prepare them for future employment with NGA.
NGA Stokes Scholarship Program— provide college undergraduates who have demonstrated financial need and interest in an NGA career with tuition assistance, challenging summer work, and a guaranteed position in their field of study upon graduation.
Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Program—provide a full scholarship, stipend for living expenses, and employment in the federal government upon completion of a degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. NGA is a participating placement site for the scholars.
a long-term research and development focus on areas critical to NGA.
A new UARC is usually initiated at a high level within an agency. For example, the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies was initiated by the chief scientist of the U.S. Army at the time, A. Michael Andrews, II, who was inspired by the NRC (1997) report Modeling and Simulation—Linking Entertainment and Defense. Dr. Andrews requested the chair of the NRC committee to draft a research agenda and operating plan for a UARC focused on using entertainment technologies to develop the Army’s next generation of immersive training environments. Funding for the center, initially $10 million per year for 5 years, has grown to more than $25 million per year.
Centers of Excellence
Centers of excellence are commonly established to carry out collaborative research, create tools and data sets, and build a cohort of trained individuals in subject areas outside traditional academic, business, or government departments. They are similar to UARCs,