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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).

  • Biological Technologies Office Solicitations

    DARPA-BAA-14-38: Biological Technologies, Response Date 4/30/2015 

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals of interest to the Biological Technologies Office (BTO). Proposed research should investigate leading edge approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, technologies, or systems at the intersection of biology with engineering and the physical and computer sciences. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of the art. BTO seeks unconventional approaches that are outside the mainstream, challenge assumptions, and have the potential to radically change established practice, lead to extraordinary outcomes, and create entirely new fields.

    DARPA-BAA-15-05: Biological Technologies EZ BAA, Response Date 11/6/2015 

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals of interest to the Biological Technologies Office (BTO). Of particular interest are those proposals from entities (both small and large business) that have never received Government funding, or who do not normally propose to Government solicitations.
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    DARPA-BAA-15-06: Electrical Prescriptions (ElectRx), Response Date 2/25/2015 

    The DARPA ElectRx program seeks innovative research proposals for creating closed-loop neuromodulation systems that utilize innate neurophysiological circuits to achieve therapeutic benefits. To achieve this goal, ElectRx will simultaneously drive biological understanding and technology development. Specifically, ElectRx is looking to develop and leverage fundamental understanding of the anatomy and physiology of neural circuits in the spinal cord or peripheral nerves that mediate health status. This knowledge will be leveraged to design and demonstrate feedback-controlled neuromodulation systems for the direct regulation of immune system functions and CNS disorders. In parallel, technology development focused on next-generation minimally-invasive neural interfaces and biosensors will enable interaction with the neurophysiology of interest at unmatched spatiotemporal resolution, precision, and specificity. These neuromodulation treatments will be tuned automatically and continuously to the unique physiology of each individual and will produce no off-target effects.

    DARPA-BAA-14-49: Biological Robustness in Complex Settings (BRICS), Response Date 2/17/2015 

    Through the Biological Robustness in Complex Settings (BRICS) program, DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals to develop the necessary fundamental understanding and component technologies to create robust engineered biological systems. It is expected that technology developed in the BRICS program will enable the safe transition of synthetic biological systems from stringently controlled laboratory environments to more complex settings. The BRICS portfolio will consist of a set of programs, of which this is the first, that aim to elucidate the design principles of engineering robust biological consortia and apply this fundamental understanding towards specific DoD applications. This announcement calls for the development of generalizable approaches that may be ultimately integrated into a complex biological system. DARPA anticipates a second BAA comprising specific challenge scenarios that require the integration of capabilities developed within this program.
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  • Defense Sciences Office Solicitations

    DARPA-BAA-14-46: DSO Office-Wide, Response Date 6/16/2015 

    The mission of DSO is to identify and pursue high-risk/high-payoff research initiatives throughout a broad spectrum of science and engineering disciplines and to transform these initiatives into important, radically new military capabilities. In support of this mission, DSO is soliciting innovative research concepts of interest to defense and national security. 

    DSO Office-Wide BAA Proposers' Day Materials June 19-20, 2014
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    DARPA-BAA-15-13: Enabling Quantification of Uncertainty in Physical Systems (EQUiPS), Response Date 2/25/2015 

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of Uncertainty Quantification (UQ) methods for large-scale DoD systems. The EQUiPS program will provide a mathematical framework and tools for the propagation and management of computational uncertainty from different sources in the modeling of complex scientific and engineering systems. The program will focus, in particular, on systems with multi-scale coupled physics and uncertain parameters in extremely high-dimensional spaces.
    Proposers' Day - DSO Overview
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    DARPA-BAA-15-12: Agnostic Compact Demilitarization of Chemical Agents (ACDC), Response Date 3/2/2015 

    DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals to develop prototype systems for agnostic conversion of chemical warfare agents to inert material. Destroying bulk stores of Chemical Warfare Agents (CWAs) and their organic precursors abroad is a significant challenge for the international community. Current approaches such as hydrolysis, incineration and supercritical water oxidation (SCWO) to process CWAs and precursor chemicals have a number of shortcomings: 1) they are not truly agnostic due to limitations with the chemistry and/or materials of construction; 2) due to their large size, they require transport of the agent from the storage site to the neutralization site; and 3) approaches such as hydrolysis and SCWO require consumables (e.g., water), which must be supplied locally and produce significant amounts of hazardous waste that require further processing. In the Agnostic Compact Demilitarization of Chemical Agents (ACDC) program, DARPA will develop new technologies to address these shortcomings.

    DARPA-BAA-15-16: Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA), Response Date 2/5/2015 

    The Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program will explore non-traditional perception and autonomy methods that enable new classes of minimalistic algorithms for high-speed navigation in cluttered environments. Through this exploration, the program will develop and demonstrate the capability for small and fast unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) to fly autonomously through complex, cluttered environments. The FLA program focuses on autonomy algorithms and software--specifically on sensing, perception, planning, and control--rather than on the flight hardware platform.
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    DARPA-BAA-15-19: Materials for Transduction (MATRIX), Response Date 4/2/2015 

    The Materials for Transduction (MATRIX) program in DARPA's Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is seeking innovative ideas and novel approaches to achieve revolutionary transductional devices and capabilities using materials with energy conversion capabilities and/or strongly correlated properties.
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  • Information Innovation Office Solicitations 

    DARPA-BAA-14-39: Information Innovation Office (I2O) Office Wide, Response Date 07/15/2015  

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals of interest to the Information Innovation Office (I2O). I2O explores game-changing technologies in the fields of information science and technology to anticipate and create rapid shifts in the complex national security landscape. Conflict can occur in traditional domains such as land, sea, air, and space, and in emerging domains such as cyber and other types of irregular warfare. I2O's research portfolio is focused on anticipating new modes of warfare in these emerging areas and developing the concepts and tools necessary to provide a decisive information advantage for the U.S. and its allies.

    DARPA-SN-14-17: Cyberspace Operations Research and Development, Response Date 03/12/2015  

    Cyberspace is a global domain within the information environment consisting of the interdependent network of information technology infrastructures and resident data, including the Internet, telecommunications networks, computer systems, and embedded processors and controllers. Cyberspace operations (CSO) are the employment of cyberspace capabilities where the primary purpose is to achieve objectives in or through cyberspace. Cyberspace superiority is the degree of dominance in cyberspace by one force that permits the secure, reliable conduct of operations by that force, and its related land, air, maritime, and space forces at a given time and place without prohibitive interference by an adversary. 

    DARPA-BAA-15-10: Edge-Directed Cyber Technologies for Reliable Mission (EdgeCT), Response Date 01/27/2015  

    DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of resilient, mission-aware computer networking. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice. 
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    DARPA-BAA-15-15: Transparent Computing (TC), Response Date 2/10/2015  

    DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of understanding complex distributed computing environments towards exposing and stopping advanced cyber adversaries (also referred to as Advanced Persistent Threats, or APTs). The Transparent Computing (TC) program aims to make currently opaque computing systems transparent by providing high-fidelity visibility into component interactions during system operation across all layers of software abstraction, while imposing minimal performance overhead.

    DARPA-BAA-15-18: Communicating with Computers (CwC), Response Date 4/9/2015  

    DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of natural communication with computers. This program is a 6.1 basic research effort that aims to accelerate progress toward two-way communication between people and computers in which the machine is more than merely a receiver of commands and in which a full range of natural modes is tapped, including potentially language, gesture and facial or other expressions.  FAQ 

  • Microsystems Technology Office Solicitations

    DARPA-BAA-14-42: Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) Office-Wide Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), Response Date 9/9/2016 

    This announcement seeks revolutionary research ideas for topics not being addressed by ongoing MTO programs or other published BAA solicitations.

    DARPA-RA-15-32: Young Faculty Award (YFA), Response Date 4/13/2015 

    This Research Announcement (RA) solicits ground-breaking single-investigator proposals from junior faculty for research and development in the areas of Physical Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine, Biology, Information and Social Sciences of interest to DARPA's Defense Sciences Office (DSO), Microsystems Technology Office (MTO), and Biological Technology Office (BTO).

    DARPA-BAA-15-14: Near Zero Power RF and Sensor Operations, Response Date 4/23/2015 

    DARPA seeks to transform the energy efficiency of unattended sensors through elimination or substantial reduction of the stand-by power consumed by the sensors while they await a signature of interest. The improved energy efficiency is expected to result in an increase in the sensor mission lifetime from months to years. The Near Zero Power RF and Sensor Operations (N-ZERO) program aims to create intelligent sensors that can process and detect RF and physical sensor signatures, consume less than 10 nW of power, and attain a low false alarm rate of 1 per hour or better in an urban environment.
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  • Strategic Technology Office Solicitations

    DARPA-BAA-14-48: Strategic Technologies, Response Date 9/17/2015 

    DARPA is seeking innovative ideas and disruptive technologies that offer the potential for significant capability improvement across the Strategic Technology Office focus areas. This includes technology development related to Battle Management, Command and Control (BMC2), Communications and Networks, Electronic Warfare, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT), Maritime, and Foundational Strategic Technologies and Systems.

    DARPA-BAA-15-09: Target Recognition and Adaption in Contested Environments, Response Date 1/29/2015 

    The Target Recognition and Adaption in Contested Environments (TRACE) program seeks to develop algorithms and techniques that rapidly and accurately identify military targets using radar sensors on manned and unmanned tactical platforms. TRACE will develop accurate, real-time, low-power target recognition systems that can be co-located with the radar to provide responsive long-range targeting for tactical airborne surveillance and strike applications. In addition, TRACE will deliver a flight demonstration of radar target recognition operating in tactically relevant air-to-ground counter air defense scenarios.

    DARPA-BAA-15-08: Resilient Synchronized Planning and Assessment for the Contested Environment (RSPACE), Response Date 3/11/2015 

    DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals to create a revolutionary distributed planning capability to provide resilient command and control (C2) and manage complex military operations when communications are limited and unreliable.
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    DARPA-BAA-15-07: Advanced RF Mapping (RadioMap) Phase 3, Response Date 2/13/2015 

    DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of tactical Radio Frequency (RF) situational awareness employing a heterogeneous sensor network whose constituent devices include RF receiver/transmitters deployed for other purposes, to support small unit operations, spectrum management and other Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations (EMSO).  

    DARPA-BAA-15-28: Future Arctic Sensing Technologies, Response Date 4/14/2015 

    DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of novel Arctic sensor systems. In particular, DARPA is interested in concepts for low-cost, rapidly-deployable, environmentally friendly, unmanned sensor systems, including deployment and data reach-back from above the Arctic Circle that can detect, track and identify air, surface and subsurface targets.  

  • Tactical Technology Office Solicitations

    DARPA-BAA-14-25: Innovative Systems for Military Missions - Tactical Technology Office (TTO), Response Date 4/24/2015 

    The Tactical Technology Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is soliciting executive summaries, white papers and proposals for advanced research and development of Innovative Systems for Military Missions. This solicitation seeks system and subsystem level technologies that enable revolutionary improvements to the efficiency and effectiveness of the military. Novel concepts are sought in the following focus areas: Ground Systems, Maritime Systems, Air Systems, and Space Systems.

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    DARPA-SN-15-20: Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE), Response Date 2/4/2015 

    This Special Notice from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Tactical Technology Office is an invitation to participate in two meetings that are being held as part of the Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE) program. DARPA is inviting interested parties with capabilities, methodologies, and approaches that are related to CODE research and focused on revolutionary approaches to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), autonomy, and collaborative operations to participate in the meetings. 

    DARPA-BAA-15-26: Squad X Core Technologies (SXCT), Response Date 4/10/2015 

    By the issuanace of the subject Broad Agency Announcement (DARPA-BAA-15-26), DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals for the Squad X Core Technologies (SXCT) program. The objective of the SXCT program is to develop and deliver new technologies that give dismounted squads increased situational awareness and enable them to dominate their battlespace. The goal is to build combat power from the rifle squad up, allowing forces to be adaptable and flexible across the range of military operations. This will be accomplished through research and development of novel technology solutions that advance the capabilities of the squad.  

  • DARPA has issued the following announcements. This list in no way replaces the official notifications which have appeared on FedBizOpps.

    FedBizOpps is the single government-wide point-of-entry for federal government procurement opportunities worth more than $25,000. DARPA has issued the following announcements. This list in no way replaces the official notifications which have appeared on FedBizOpps. FedBizOpps notices take precedence over the following information.

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