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DARPA published its Young Faculty Award (YFA) 2018 Research Announcement today, seeking proposals in 26 different topic areas—the largest number of YFA research areas ever solicited.
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) develops and uses molecules and materials across a diverse range of areas including therapeutics, electronics, coatings, and fuels. Application areas with particularly unique relevance to national security, such as energetics, tend not to keep pace with the need for innovation and new performance characteristics.
Human physiology is a limiting factor in the operational readiness of the
United States Department of Defense. When the human body is damaged or a
physiological system is not functioning optimally, interventions are
required to help mend the injury or support continued performance. DARPA
seeks to develop new technological approaches in medicinal chemistry and
systems pharmacology to expand the druggable proteome and discover new
therapeutic tools in the areas of soft tissue pain/inflammation and
metabolic stress that limit optimal physiological function.. This new
platform technology will directly address needs within the Department of
Defense to support the unique physiological demands of the warfighter and
provide proof-of-concept for novel drug discovery and development pipelines.
The mission of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is to make strategic, early investments in science and technology that will have long-term positive impact on our nation's national security. As part of this mission, DARPA makes high-risk, high-reward investments in science and technology that have the potential to disrupt current understanding and/or approaches. The pace of discovery in both science and technology is accelerating worldwide, resulting in new fields of study and the identification of scientific areas ripe for disruption.