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Established in 1958 as part of the U.S. Department of Defense, DARPA pursues opportunities for transformational change rather than incremental advances. It does so collaboratively as part of a robust innovation ecosystem that includes academic, corporate, and governmental partners. To fulfill its mission, the Agency relies on diverse performers from throughout this ecosystem to apply multi-disciplinary approaches to both advance knowledge through basic research and create innovative technologies that address current and predicted practical problems through applied research. The list of selected opportunities displayed below is provided for convenience. For a complete listing of DARPA opportunities please visit the FedBizOpps website. More

In addition to program-specific opportunities, each DARPA technical office maintains an “office-wide” Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) that covers a range of technical areas of interest to each particular office. The office-wide BAAs are refreshed on an annual basis and offer a mechanism for researchers to reach DARPA with ideas that they feel could be valuable to national security.

2/23/2017
Causal Exploration of Complex Operational Environments
I2O
DARPA is soliciting proposals for innovative research in the areas of causal model development and exploration. The objective of the Causal Exploration program is to develop modeling and exploration tools to aid military planners in understanding and addressing underlying causal factors that drive regional hybrid conflicts. In pursuit of this objective, the program will develop novel techniques for automated extraction of causally relevant knowledge, semi-automated assembly of causal models, intuitive exploration and manipulation of causal models to gain understanding, and assessment of the suitability and maturity of dynamically generated causal models.
2/24/2017
Synergistic Discovery and Design
I2O
The SD2 program aims to develop data-driven methods to accelerate scientific discovery and robust design in domains that lack complete models. Engineers regularly use high-fidelity simulations to create robust designs in complex domains such as aeronautics, automobiles, and integrated circuits. In contrast, robust design remains elusive in domains such as synthetic biology, neuro-computation, cyber, and polymer chemistry due to the lack of high-fidelity models. SD2 will develop tools to enable robust design despite the lack of complete scientific models.
2/28/2017
HUNTER Proposers Day
STO
DARPA will host a classified Proposers Day in support of the forthcoming Broad Agency Announcement HR001117S0022 for the HUNTER program
3/1/2017
Rapid Screening Technologies in Organic Synthesis (RFI)
DSO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is requesting information on research concepts or existing technologies that enable fully automated, rapid screening of reaction conditions across synthetic organic chemistry.
3/2/2017
Topological Excitations in Electronics (TEXITRONICS) Request for Information (RFI)
DSO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is requesting information on topological excitations in electronics (TEXITRONICS). Topology deals with properties of spaces that are invariant under smooth deformations and it provides newly appreciated mathematical tools in condensed matter physics that are currently revolutionizing the field of quantum matter and materials.
3/7/2017
Next-Generation Sensor for Measuring Winds Aloft in the Stratosphere
TTO
Develop promising technology for in-situ direct measurement of winds aloft in the stratosphere.
3/15/2017
Secure Handhelds on Assured Resilient Networks at the Tactical Edge (SHARE)
STO
DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals to develop security and networking architectures and software for sharing multilevel secure information across wireless networks for direct tactical cooperation between U.S. and coalition partners.
3/22/2017
A MEchanically Based Antenna (AMEBA)
MTO
DARPA seeks innovative proposals to develop mechanically-driven transmitters producing radio frequency (RF) signals at carrier frequencies below 30 kHz. The program will develop the basic technologies and demonstrate the feasibility of low-size, weight, and power (SWaP) transmitters satisfying the requirements of representative DoD missions. 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.