Independent Research and Development Program
IR&DP was established to assist vendors in the exploration of new IA technologies.
The National Security Agency's (NSA) Independent Research and Development Program (IR&DP) was established to benefit future research development and production efforts by assisting vendors in the exploration of new Information Assurance (IA) technologies. The goal of the IR&DP is to encourage independent research and development efforts in areas of mutual interest to both industry and NSA's IA mission. NSA envisions the IR&DP as a means for decreasing the "learning curve" typically experienced by vendors as a result of their unfamiliarity with IA techniques and applications.
A major element of an IR&DP is the Technical Addendum, a document that defines the scope of the work performed under the IR&DP project.
Vendors that engage in research and development activities intended to accomplish any of the following areas of interest may be considered for IR&DP participation:
- Enabling superior performance of future IA systems and components;
- Reducing acquisition costs and life-cycle costs of IA systems and components;
- Strengthening the cryptographic industrial and technological base of the United States;
- Enhancing the industrial competitiveness of the United States; or
- Increasing the development and promotion of efficient and effective applications of dual-use technology.
- The vendor approaches NSA with a proposed research activity by contacting IAD's Client Advocates and then submitting a letter of request and project description (IR&DP proposal).
- NSA technology cells and other organizations working the technology area review the proposal and decide if there is any interest.
- If the vendor's proposal is accepted, NSA and the company enter into a legally binding agreement.
- The vendor submits a white paper to NSA at the conclusion of agreed research
Please contact IAD's Client Contact Center for more information.