IN3, Top Indiana Research Universities Sign Master Collaborative Research Development Agreements

Sep 22, 2020

Bloomington, Ind. (Sept. 22, 2020) – IN3 (Indiana Innovation Institute) has entered into separate master collaborative research development agreements (MCRADA) with Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame to pursue federal and non-federal funding for a variety of defense opportunities.

The MCRADAs will allow for a process by which joint proposals can be created to seek work with the US Department of Defense (DoD) and other military entities in a variety of emerging technical areas including hypersonics, cyber-physical systems, trusted microelectronics and artificial intelligence.

“Putting these unique partnership agreements in place strengthens our collective work in advancing the defense sector here in Indiana and across the country,” said Stephen E. Kelly, president and CEO of IN3. “Indiana is rich in its assets to solve emerging technical challenges for the DoD and we become stronger when we all work together.”

The agreements further IN3’s mission of working with academia, industry and government to help solve critical defense priorities. The organization also connects regional, state and national partners in a variety of ways including convening research and business teams to solve defense challenges.

“Indiana University is extremely excited to enter into this research partnership with IN3 and our academic partners around the state,” said Jeff Zaleski, interim vice provost for research at IU Bloomington. “Our campus’s strengths in high-performance computing as well as modeling and simulation for hypersonics are a perfect addition to the collaboration and a critical match to the needs of the DoD.”

Indiana’s top research universities are home to some of the best talent working on research and development that is key to our national security.

“Notre Dame has a proud history of serving our military and the defense sector. Our expertise in hypersonic systems and aerospace engineering, along with our statewide partnerships, has only added to that,” said Richard E. Billo, associate vice president for research and professor of computer science and engineering at Notre Dame. “We are proud to further expand our collaborations to include IN3 and look forward to working together to advance the field of hypersonics.”

The MCRADAs are in place for three years and help streamline future collaborative R&D, business development opportunities and the sharing of research facilities. These agreements are part of IN3’s strategy to create a hub of national security innovation to support federal, state and local research and development needs.

“Purdue is a national leader in research and workforce in emerging technologies that are well aligned with the nation’s defense modernization priorities,” said Theresa Mayer, executive vice president for research and partnerships at Purdue University. “We are excited that this agreement with IN3 will facilitate even stronger strategic alignment and collaboration among our partners across Indiana.”

About IN3

IN3 (Indiana Innovation Institute) works with academia, industry, and government to create a hub of national security innovation that helps solve critical defense priorities. IN3 connects regional, state, and national partners through a variety of means including convening research and business teams to solve emerging technical challenges for the Department of Defense. IN3 is focused on hypersonics, cyber-physical systems, trusted microelectronics, artificial intelligence and 5G. Learn more at and follow us on Twitter @IN3indiana and LinkedIn.