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Research partnerships that work for you

Expand and advance your innovation

Tap into our global resources and network of researchers driving breakthroughs at the intersection of security and technology. 

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Innovate more with Northeastern


Tap into our faculty, researchers, and collaborators across government, industry, and academia.

Global resources

Gain access to a global university system of advanced technologies, laboratories, and facilities.

Flexible IP policies

Protect your competitive advantage with flexible IP policies that benefit everyone involved. 

Project planning

Speed progress toward your goals with joint project planning and management. 


Kostas Research Institute

Northeastern’s George J. Kostas Research Institute is an engine for impact in security, defense, and resilience. KRI has longstanding partnerships in the NCR with industry and the federal government, including all branches of the U.S. military.

KRI helps partners by drawing on the expertise of faculty across Northeastern’s global university system and their collaborators. By partnering with us, you can co-design projects to meet customer needs and proactively manage risks. Leverage our flexible IP policies. Access our convening spaces. And co-locate your team in dry labs in Arlington, or in KRI’s secure facilities at our campus in Burlington, Massachusetts.

Research partnerships

How we bring experts together

ARMY research laboratory

Developing technologies to keep warfighters safe

To expand technologies that save lives on the battlefield, the Army Research Laboratory located its Northeast regional hub at Northeastern’s Kostas Research Institute. Teams based in both Arlington, Virginia, and Burlington, Massachusetts, are focused on cybersecurity and are creating tactical shelters, smart sensors, and nanomaterials with medical, defense, and energy applications.


A virtual SENTRY to protect public venues

With a $36 million contract from the Department of Homeland Security, Northeastern engineering professor Michael Silevitch is leading 11 academic and industry partners in creating a surveillance system for large public venues, including schools, stadiums, and public transit systems. Their virtual SENTRY uses video feeds, cellphone traffic, drone footage, and social media posts to help officials assess and thwart local attacks.

devcom analysis center

Exploring military applications of AI and AA

Artificial intelligence and augmented automation are playing an increasing role in planning and supporting military operations, intelligence, and analysis. Kostas Research Institute researchers are collaborating with the U.S. Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command Analysis Center, equipping its leaders with the analytical capabilities they need to incorporate AI and AA into key products, methods, and systems. 


Advancing expeditionary cyber systems

Kostas Research Institute is supporting the Office of Naval Research, Code 31, through research focused on expeditionary cyber systems and challenges. Together, they’re advancing expeditionary warfighter technologies and addressing technological gaps in radio frequency awareness, secure edge computing, IT networks, cybersecurity, unmanned systems, surf and littoral zone sensing, and decision support systems. 


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