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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.

9/28/2016
Advanced Full Range Engine (AFRE)
TTO
The AFRE program will be a two-phased effort to conduct component-level and full scale ground-based testing of a reusable propulsion system that will enable future long range hypersonic air vehicle applications.
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9/28/2016
Young Faculty Award (YFA) Proposers Day
DSO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is sponsoring a Proposers Day to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of an anticipated Research Announcement (RA) for the Young Faculty Award (YFA) program.
10/6/2016
Delta Request for Information (RFI)
DSO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is requesting information on new ideas, approaches and tools for leveraging multiple sources of individual differences and variability in order to better understand and design for the complex, changing, and dynamic interactions among individuals and their social groups, including teams and organizations. Success could lead to quantifiable improvements in the capabilities of groups through training, interfaces, interventions, workflows, teams, or task assignments that take advantage of (rather than try to minimize) individual differences.
10/18/2016
Forensic Social Science Supercolliders (FS3) Request for Information (RFI)
DSO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is requesting information on new ideas, approaches, and capabilities for developing interactive simulations that can be used to calibrate the validity of different social science research methods and tools in drawing “strong inference” about causal mechanisms that can lead to emergent complex behaviors in human social systems.
10/19/2016
Hierarchical Identify Verify Exploit (HIVE)
MTO
he DARPA Microsystems Technology Office HIVE program is soliciting research proposals for the development of a generic and scalable graph processor specializing in processing sparse graph primitives. The program includes the development of chip prototypes, development of software tools to support programming of the new hardware, and design of a system architecture to support efficient multi-node scaling.
10/19/2016
Stochastic Augmented Graph Analytics (SAGA) Request for Information (RFI)
MTO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) is seeking information on novel hardware and software approaches for calculating continuous time varying probabilities functions. Specifically, we are seeking information on novel hardware architectures, software algorithms, and programming tools necessary to process data natively as random variables.
10/25/2016
Extreme Optics and Imaging (EXTREME)
DSO
The Defense Sciences Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of optical systems capable of extreme performance and/or capabilities, which utilize Engineered optical Materials (EnMats). Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, and/or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.
11/1/2016
Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI)
I2O
The goal of Explainable AI (XAI) is to create a suite of new or modified machine learning techniques that produce explainable models that, when combined with effective explanation techniques, enable end users to understand, appropriately trust, and effectively manage the emerging generation of AI systems.