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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.

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 |
7/26/2016
TRAnsformative DESign (TRADES)
DSO
The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative ideas to transform design, enabling designs that are unimaginable today. DSO is specifically interested in fundamental research to develop new mathematics and algorithms that enable full incorporation of new materials and fabrication methods in design. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in design. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.
7/29/2016
Common Heterogeneous Integration and IP Reuse Strategies (CHIPS) Request for Information (RFI)
MTO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) seeks information on the necessary framework to enable modular design and fabrication of Department of Defense (DoD) relevant electronics using reusable chiplets at the semiconductor die level. This RFI specifically requests feedback on interface standards that would enable modular design and identification of functional circuit blocks that would most benefit from this framework.
8/1/2016
Magnetic Miniaturized and Monolithically Integrated Components (M3IC)
MTO
The DARPA Microsystems Technology Office is soliciting innovative research proposals to develop integrated magnetic components on semiconductor substrates that will reduce size and enable new functionality for DoD electromagnetic (EM) systems.
8/2/2016
Information Innovation Office (I2O) Office-wide
I2O
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals of interest to the Information Innovation Office (I2O). I2O develops high-payoff information science and technology to provide a decisive information advantage for the U.S. and its allies.
8/2/2016
Prometheus
BTO
The Prometheus program aims to develop a molecular host prognostic assay to determine infectious disease contagiousness, ready for validation and ultimately regulatory approval. Prometheus will focus specifically on the early prognosis of pathogen transmission potential, which can be approximated by the amount of virus that is detected during infection. By the end of the program, the goal is a minimal set of early host biomarkers in humans that predict contagiousness within 24 hours after infection.
8/5/2016
Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2): Competitor Information Day & Competition Architecture Proposers Day
MTO
DARPA will host an Information Day for potential competitors in the Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2) in support of DARPA-BAA-16-47, Spectrum Collaboration Challenge – Collaborative Intelligent Radio Networks on August 10th, 2016, at DARPA from 0800 to 1700 EDT.