Work With Us
Collaborate. Innovate. Transform.
Collaboration is the heart of LAS.
Partnerships accelerate innovation and solve complex challenges. Through research projects and events, we bring together diverse teams representing a variety of backgrounds to develop technology and tools that support intelligence analysts and advance national security. LAS can help your research have a direct impact on the world by providing funding and collaborative engagement with government analysts.
Faculty who work with LAS are from a variety of disciplines. We partner with faculty from departments as diverse as psychology, communications, design, educational leadership, forensic sciences, statistics, and computer science to help provide varied, interdisciplinary perspectives on problems.
We also invite industry professionals to help discover and apply new technology and share commercial best practices with our academic and government partners.
*Those interested in government positions should contact the LAS government leadership team.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the criteria for research projects?
We prioritize projects that:
- Investigate novel or state-of-the-art analytic approaches
- Can incorporate practical analyst experiences to refine the approach
- Result in outcomes and deliverables that have the potential to impact mission problems in the intelligence community
We partner with researchers from academia and industry to gain their perspective on the latest analytics research, techniques and capabilities. LAS government researchers and analysts bring a perspective on the real-world challenges and objectives of intelligence analysts. Ideally, LAS research projects are able to capitalize on the opportunities presented through the engagement of our academic and industry partners with the LAS government researchers and analysts.
How can I receive funding for my research project?
Potential collaborators from academia and industry are invited to submit white papers to be considered for funding from LAS. White papers are due in the summer, and recipients of funding are notified in the fall. Research projects begin in January. We also have a summer research program and opportunities for student internships.
How long does a research project last?
White paper submissions should include a specific one-year plan to work with LAS. However, projects are often renewed and last more than one year, increasing the opportunity to apply results to real-world situations through a successful transition path.
What type of deliverable is LAS looking for at the end of a research project?
There are a variety of different deliverables that we are looking for — everything from research papers to software prototypes.
What type of contract vehicle does LAS use for industry partners?
Industry partners are on a subcontract from the NC State IDIQ.
Do I need security clearance to work with LAS?
No. Nearly all of the research done at LAS is unclassified. We use unclassified mission-driven examples that also have applicability to academic and commercial partners.
Can foreign nationals participate in an LAS research project?
Yes, although there is an additional background check process before starting the work.
Are projects done virtually?
For participants who are not local to NC State, yes, much of the work can be done virtually. Funding for travel to LAS may be available.