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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 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 specialty.
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.
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 interface.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will host an Artificial Intelligence Colloquium (AIC) to inform the public of the range of DARPA research programs focused on advancing the state of the art in Artificial Intelligence (AI), as part of DARPA's AI Next effort.