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Director's Innovation Initiative

The Director's Innovation Initiative provides a risk-tolerant environment to invest across the United States in cutting edge technologies and high payoff concepts relevant to the NRO's mission of Innovative Overhead Intelligence Systems for National Security.

Program Objectives

  • Provide continuous access to revolutionary concepts and ideas
  • Provide access to non-traditional developers of NRO technology and broaden the developer base
  • Establish a risk tolerant environment for conducting potentially high payoff projects

Program Philosophy

  • Reach out to a broad range of potential offerors
    • UNCLASSIFIED solicitation via Federal Business Opportunities
    • Open to industry, academia and US Government sources
  • Seek a wide range of ideas
    • Areas of Interest reflect the NRO Strategic Goals
    • Most innovative ideas are funded -- no quotas for any given area
  • Prove feasibility of key concepts
    • Fund many ideas by limiting project funding and duration
  • Goal is 10 – 15% of completed projects developed further

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