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DARPA's Defense Sciences Office (DSO) identifies and pursues high-risk,
high-payoff research initiatives across a broad spectrum of science and
engineering disciplines and transforms them into important, new
game-changing technologies for U.S. national security. Current DSO themes
include frontiers in math, computation and design, limits of sensing and
sensors, complex social systems, and anticipating surprise. DSO relies on
the greater scientific research community to help identify and explore ideas
that could potentially revolutionize the state-of-the-art.
The mission of the Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is to identify and pursue high-risk, high-payoff research initiatives across a broad spectrum of science and engineering disciplines and to transform these initiatives into disruptive technologies for U.S. national security.
The Agency also occasionally stands up temporary special projects offices focused on coordinating, developing and/or deploying advanced capabilities on an accelerated time scale. These efforts fall outside of DARPA’s typical program structure and leverage the Agency’s unique organization and skill sets to make rapid progress in technology areas that are critical to national security. DARPA currently operates one special projects office: the Aerospace Projects Office
The past 10 years have seen an explosion of robotics advances from small businesses and individuals, thanks in part to lower manufacturing costs and the global rise of community workshops such as makerspaces and hackerspaces, which serve as incubators for rapid, low-cost collaboration and innovation. Unfortunately, the small-scale robotics community has tended to fly under the radar of traditional federal agencies and commercial technology providers, which generally rely on multi-year, multi-million-dollar contracts for technology development. This disconnect means that the U.S. government is not benefiting from some of the most cutting-edge robotics developers in the nation.
DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is sponsoring a two-day Proposers Day, June 22-23
, to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of the DSO Office-wide Broad Agency Announcement (BAA): http://go.usa.gov/cStaQ
. Attendees may register to attend in person or via webinar.