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  • The left-hand sub-image shows nPoint’s three-dimensional (3-D) nanopositioning system for a surface metrology.The nanopositioning technology facilitates infrared imaging systems used by airborne vehicles in reconnaissance, surveillance, and search and rescue operations. Under this DARPA SBIR, nPoint developed a three-dimensional (3-D) nanopositioning system for a surface metrology tool that has significant advantages over existing products, in terms of improved precision, accuracy, repeatability, speed, and ease of use.

The second sub-image located to the right of the left-hand image shows Irvine Sensors Coproration's a system-in-stack module with programmable logiand multiple memory layers. Under this DARPA SBIR, Irvine Sensors Corporation (Irvine Sensors) developed a stacked-chip solution to ensure correct-ness, reliability, and functionality of designed integrated circuits (IC’s). These circuits are critical parts of future weapons and defense systems. Based on a novel assembly of subcomponents, the stacked technology prevents determined adver-saries from potentially intercepting and altering designs.

The third sub-image located to the right of the second sub-image shows AeroVironment's hand-launched Raven unmanned arial vehicle (UAV) that provides aerial observation at line-of-sight ranges up to 10 kilometers and has a wingspan of 4.5 feet and a weight of 4.2 pounds. Raven UAVs have saved countless lives in various military conflicts around the world by providing fast far sight security against threats. 

The fourth sub-image located to the right of the third sub-image shows an. After the events of 9/11 and the military’s subsequent initiation of operations in Afghanistan, there was an immediate need for a small handheld device that would provide one-way phrase-based communication capability.VoxTec International, then a division of Marine Acoustics, Inc., developed the Phraselator handheld translation device and tools to meet this need. Phraselator translation devices provide fast, accurate translations by matching predetermined English phrases to recorded translationsin other languages, enabling the user to provide information, give directions, or ask questions with easily conveyed responses (like yes or no).
     

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    DARPA’s Contracts Management Office (CMO) has the authority to enter into and administer contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, and Other Transactions in pursuit of DARPA’s research and development mission.  CMO’s role is to serve as DARPA’s acquisition advisor and make awards in select, critical technology areas.  The bulk of DARPA awards are entered into on behalf of the agency by the military services, who assist DARPA with technology transition to the warfighter. 

    How to Submit a Proposal Against an Open Solicitation 

    DARPA announces funding opportunities using various solicitations and announcements.  All of DARPA’s solicitations and announcements can be found on the Federal Business Opportunities and Grants.gov pages. 

    DARPA primarily uses two solicitation methods: (1) Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs)/Research Announcements (RAs) and (2) Requests for Proposal (RFPs). 

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