DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office is hosting a Proposers Day meeting to provide information to potential applicants on the structure and objectives of the new Insect Allies program. Insect Allies will seek to develop vector-mediated modification technologies for mature plants to rapidly counter environmental and biological threats to crops. Threats of interest might include pathogens, pests, drought, and salinity, among others. DARPA believes that the high specificity of genetic modification coupled with quick plant gene uptake could allow crops to be protected from threats within a single growing season.
The Proposers Day will be held on November 18, 2016, from 8:30 AM – 4:45 PM ET. Participation is in person or via webinar, and advance registration is required. Please register at: http://www.sa-meetings.com/InsectAlliesProposersDay. Registration closes November 14, 2016, at 12:00 PM ET or when capacity is reached, whichever comes first.
DARPA hosts Proposers Days to provide potential performers with information on whether and how they might respond to the Government’s research and development solicitations and to increase efficiency in proposal preparation and evaluation. Therefore, the Insect Allies Proposers Day is open only to registered potential applicants.
Additional details, including eligibility information, are available at: http://go.usa.gov/xkw5B. Full program details will be made available in a forthcoming Broad Agency Announcement.
Please address technical questions to DARPA-SNemail@example.com and refer to the Insect Allies Proposers Day in all correspondence.
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