In-Q-Tel Engagement

In-Q-Tel Engagement

S&T is committed to providing the best scientific, R&D, and test and evaluation support to find innovative and cutting-edge technology for our DHS partners. One such resource is DHS’s work with In-Q-Tel (IQT). IQT is the independent, non-profit strategic investor for the CIA and the broader U.S. Intelligence Community – including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

S&T joined the IQT model as a full member in 2009 and collaborates with DHS partners to source cutting-edge technology and provide insights on emerging technology, market trends, and global competitiveness. On average, IQT evaluates technology from more than 2,000 startup companies annually.

IQT was created over twenty years ago to help the federal government counter the mounting issue of declining government R&D budgets and take advantage of the growing private-sector spending and emerging technology developments by startup companies. The government needed to tap into the emerging technology stream, and IQT was founded to understand and identify technology in the startup and venture capital community that could help the federal government.

Today, IQT helps DHS bridge the gap between the challenging technology needs of the nation’s security, rapidly changing innovation of the startup world, and the venture capital community that funds those startups. IQT’s analysis of startup companies helps DHS better understand emerging technology trends and provides insights into investment trends. DHS also benefits from IQT’s market intelligence of emerging technology, global competitive analysis of how the U.S. ranks in next generation technology, and expertise in technology areas such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity. Emerging technology areas include AI, data analytics, trusted infrastructure, autonomous systems, cybersecurity, and communications.

For more on IQT, including information for startup companies interested in submitting a business plan to IQT, visit

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