The National Security Agency has awarded five-year contracts to six multidisciplinary laboratories at U.S. research institutions to support security research efforts and transition ideas to real-world application.
NSAÂ said WednesdayÂ the awardees are small laboratoriesÂ located at the Carnegie-Mellon University, International Computer Science Institute, North Carolina State University, University of Illinois-Champaign, Vanderbilt University andÂ University of Kansas.
The lablets areÂ part of the agency’sÂ Science of Security and Privacy Initiative and the agency selected them after a competitive solicitation of proposals from approximately 300 universities nationwide.
Selection criteria include the scientific process of research projects; applicability to modern challenges; and capacity to expand a scientific community in the security and privacy areas.
LabletsÂ will kick off 20 research projects that encompass challenges in cyber-physical systems, policy-governed secure collaboration, cybersecurity metrics, scalability and composability, resilient architecture, privacy and understanding and accounting for human behavior.
NSA launched its SoS Initiative in 2012 to promoteÂ security and privacy science as a research field and encourage researchers to develop new methodologies.