IARPA programs are designed to demonstrate a particular novel capability that has the potential to be of use to the Intelligence Community. It may be an entirely new technology or analytical approach, perhaps based on a recent scientific breakthrough; it may be a way to combine existing pieces in an unexpected or previously unfeasible way; or some combination of the above.
IARPA’s programs are typically 3-5 years in duration, with clearly defined and measurable end goals. IARPA is capable of quickly responding to new priorities, emerging challenges, scientific breakthroughs, and emerging technological opportunities. IARPA does not institutionalize programs; the status quo is always questioned, fresh ideas and perspectives are always encouraged, and only the best ideas and best performers are funded.
IARPA will not start a program without a good idea and an exceptional program manager to lead its execution. Our program managers are encouraged to take risks and accept failure in the pursuit of their innovative research ideas, provided that they do not sacrifice technical or programmatic integrity, and that they fully document their research results.
IARPA is committed to technical excellence and technical truth and insists that technical risk be accompanied by technical rigor. The variety of programs and disciplines at IARPA demonstrates that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to program management. Although the size and structure of the programs will vary according to their nature, all programs go through a thorough and rigorous evaluation process while in development. The scientific method and peer review are upheld as critical elements of program execution.
IARPA programs are housed in our three research offices. Click on the below links for a list of programs in each office: