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.
DARPA has enjoyed a strong relationship with Silicon Valley since the early 1960s, working with innovators to lay the groundwork for new industries built around Agency investments in semiconductors, networking, artificial intelligence, user interfaces, programming, materials, microsystems, and more. Biotech is now emerging as a breakthrough opportunity space and it represents an area that is ripe for fresh collaboration among DARPA, the nation’s top researchers, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs.
March 2, 2016,
Location upon request
DARPA has invested more than $200 million in support of President Obama's Brain Initiative since 2014. This Federal investment has accelerated the development of innovative neurotechnologies with the potential to improve human health and change the way people live, work, and play. On March 2, 2016, DARPA will host a small meeting of technology-minded investors, scientists, and entrepreneurs to showcase several current, cutting-edge neurotechnology efforts, consider future trajectories and potential applications, and encourage continued investment and eventual commercialization of some of these technologies. Space is limited. Interested parties with venture portfolios in this domain should email firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information and registration details.
The Measuring Biological Aptitude (MBA) program aims to address the need for
a more capable fighting force by improving how an individual warfighter
identifies, measures, and tracks personalized biomarkers to help achieve new
levels of performance for specialized roles throughout their career. The MBA
program will give warfighters the ability to understand, in real-time, the
underlying biological processes that govern their own performance by
elucidating the internal expression circuits (e.g., genetic, epigenetic,
metabolomic, etc.) that shape military-relevant cognitive, behavioral, and
physical traits. Simultaneously, the program will create new technologies
for tracking these expression circuits in real time, providing instantaneous
user feedback to aid the warfighter to be successful throughout training,
assessment and selection, and mission execution for their desired military
This AIE Opportunity for the Intelligent Neural Interfaces (INI) program is
soliciting proposals to establish the proof of concept prototype for
third-wave artificial intelligence methods that could improve and expand the
application space of next-generation neurotechnology. Teams will address two
major challenges specific to central and/or peripheral neural interfaces.
These challenges include: (1) decision making for sustainment and
maintenance of neural interfaces to promote robustness and reliability, and
(2) modeling and maximizing the information content of biological neural
circuits to increase the bandwidth and computational abilities of the neural