Traditional defense contractors, corporations and startups alike are critical parts of the innovation ecosystem in which DARPA operates and all of these--whether large and small--can serve as performers of DARPA-funded R&D to generate revolutionary technologies and capabilities.
The first step to working with DARPA is to visit the Agency’s website at www.darpa.mil to learn more about the research that DARPA's technology offices are supporting. From there, the best way to identify opportunities that bridge those priorities and your interests or expertise is to search for relevant Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs), which are DARPA’s primary means of advertising opportunities. DARPA BAAs and Requests for Proposals (RFPs) can be found on the official federal acquisition opportunities websites, https://www.fbo.gov/ and www.grants.gov. A partial listing of DARPA opportunities can also be found at DARPA's Opportunities page. The preferred method for submitting ideas and concepts to DARPA is to respond to a BAA, SBIR topic, STTR topic, program research and development announcement (RA), or other Government-initiated solicitation or program (RFP).
DARPA often hosts Proposers Days to provide information on recently released or soon-to-be released BAAs. Proposers Days are usually held at the DARPA Conference Center, Room 01-200, 675 N. Randolph Street, Arlington Virginia. The purpose of these conferences is to provide information on the program, promote additional discussion and address questions from potential proposers. Some Proposers Days also allow for registration of one-on-one meetings with the relevant DARPA program manager. Proposers Days are announced on www.fedbizopps.gov and www.grants.gov.
For information on Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) opportunities, please visit the For Small Business page.
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