High-Risk High-Payoff Research

IARPA invests in research programs to tackle some of the Intelligence Community's (IC) most difficult challenges.
IARPA's Amon-Hen program
IARPA's FELIX program
IARPA's P-SPAM seedling
IARPA's FELIX program

At IARPA, we take real risks, solve hard problems, and invest in high-risk/high-payoff research that has the potential to provide our nation with an overwhelming intelligence advantage.


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IARPA offers the unique opportunity to take risks with science....to identify and explore multiple pathways to solve a problem.
- Dr. Carl Rubino, Program Manager


IARPA's collaboration with Intelligence Community (IC) partners ensures our ability to address cross-agency challenges, leveraging both operational and research and development expertise from across the IC.

Office of Analysis

Analysis focuses on maximizing insights from the massive, disparate, unreliable, and dynamic data that are—or could be—available to analysts, in a timely manner.

Office of Collection

Collection aims to improve the value of collected data by developing new sensor and transmission technologies, collection techniques that more precisely target desired information, and means for collecting from previously inaccessible sources.


IARPA's mission is to push the boundaries of science to develop solutions that empower the Intelligence Community and ensure more robust support to national security. We also facilitate the transition of research results to our IC customers for operational application.