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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.

6/22/2016
CONverged Collaborative Elements for RF Task Operations (CONCERTO)
STO
DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals for the design, realization, programming, and control of a new converged RF architecture supporting all critical uses of the RF spectrum over a tactically useful performance range. System prototypes will be designed and developed for compact unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
6/28/2016
Accelerated Computation for Efficient Scientific Simulation (ACCESS)
DSO
The Defense Sciences Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting research proposals in technologies for the acceleration of scientific simulations of physical systems characterized by coupled partial differential equations (PDEs). The Accelerated Computation for Efficient Scientific Simulation (ACCESS) Program seeks innovative ideas for computational architectures that will achieve the equivalent of petaflops performance in a benchtop form-factor and be capable of what traditional architectures would define as strong scaling for predictive scientific simulations of interest.
7/5/2016
Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS)
TTO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has established the Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program within the Tactical Technology Office (TTO). The objective of the RSGS program is to create a dexterous robotic operational capability in Geosynchronous Orbit (GEO) that can both provide increased resilience for the current U.S. space infrastructure and be the first concrete step toward a transformed space architecture with revolutionary capabilities.
7/6/2016
Advanced Full Range Engine (AFRE) Proposers Day
TTO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Tactical Technology Office (TTO) is sponsoring a Proposers Day to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of the AFRE program in advance of a planned Broad Agency Announcement (BAA).
| Air |
7/7/2016
INTERfering and Co-Evolving Prevention and Therapy (INTERCEPT)
BTO
DARPA is soliciting innovative proposals for research to explore and develop therapeutic interfering particles as a novel approach to address infections from fast evolving viral pathogens.
7/15/2016
Squad X Experimentation
TTO
The objective of the Squad X Experimentation program is to develop and deliver new technologies that enable next generation combined arms for the dismounted squad. This will be accomplished through research, development, integration, and experimentation to develop novel solutions that advance the capabilities of the squad.
7/22/2016
Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) Phase II/III
TTO
The overall objective of the XS 1 Phase II/III program is to design, build, and flight test a reusable booster system prototype to support an upper stage capable of inserting a minimum of 3,000 pounds to orbit, with a design goal of less than $5M cost per launch for an operational system. The program will demonstrate on-demand and routine flight operations by flying the booster ten times in ten days and launch a demonstration payload greater than 900 pounds to orbit.
| Cost | Launch | Space |
7/23/2016
Intense and Compact Neutron Sources Phase Two (ICONS2)
DSO
The Intense and Compact Neutron Sources Phase Two (ICONS2) Program in DARPA's Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is seeking innovative ideas and novel approaches to achieve revolutionary increases in neutron source intensity and reductions in device size, weight, and power (SWaP) for in-the-field neutron radiography and analytical techniques.
| CBRN | Sensors |