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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.
February 12, 2019,
Executive Conference Center
The Biological Technologies Office is holding a Proposers Day meeting to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of the new Measuring Biological Aptitude (MBA) program. MBA aims to improve how the individual warfighter identifies, measures, and tracks personalized biomarkers throughout his or her career to help achieve new levels of performance for specialized roles. MBA technologies could improve training, team formation, mission performance, and post-mission recovery, yielding a better prepared, more effective, more resilient force.
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
DARPA seeks expertise in biomimetic chemistry and lifecycle biology of r-selected marine organisms.