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Established in 1958 as part of the U.S. Department of Defense, DARPA pursues opportunities for transformational change rather than incremental advances. It does so collaboratively as part of a robust innovation ecosystem that includes academic, corporate, and governmental partners. To fulfill its mission, the Agency relies on diverse performers from throughout this ecosystem to apply multi-disciplinary approaches to both advance knowledge through basic research and create innovative technologies that address current and predicted practical problems through applied research. The list of selected opportunities displayed below is provided for convenience. For a complete listing of DARPA opportunities please visit the FedBizOpps website. More

In addition to program-specific opportunities, each DARPA technical office maintains an “office-wide” Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) that covers a range of technical areas of interest to each particular office. The office-wide BAAs are refreshed on an annual basis and offer a mechanism for researchers to reach DARPA with ideas that they feel could be valuable to national security.

Response date: 6/14/2019
Polyplexus Pilot Topic Opportunity Notice - Quantum Machine Learning (08)
DSO
The purpose of this Polyplexus Pilot Topic Opportunity Notice is to provide public notification of a research and development funding opportunity on the Polyplexus online platform.
Response date: 7/3/2019
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: First-in-Human Therapeutic Interfering Particle (TIP) Targeting a Respiratory Virus
BTO
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: First-in-Human Therapeutic Interfering Particle (TIP) Targeting a Respiratory Virus BTO/SBPO The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Small Business Programs Office (SBPO) is issuing an SBIR/STTR Opportunity (SBO) inviting submissions of innovative research concepts in the technical domain of therapeutic interfering particles as a medical countermeasure for use against viruses in humans. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of Phase I Clinical Trials for Therapeutic Interfering Particles.
Response date: 7/3/2019
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Wearable Light Delivery in Optogenetics Clinical Applications
BTO
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Wearable Light Delivery in Optogenetics Clinical Applications BTO/SBPO The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Small Business Programs Office (SBPO) is issuing an SBIR/STTR Opportunity (SBO) inviting submissions of innovative research concepts in the technical domain of optogenetics. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of Wearable Light Delivery in Optogenetics Clinical Applications.
Response date: 7/9/2019
Automated Rapid Certification Of Software (ARCOS)
I2O
DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of automating the evaluation of software assurance evidence to enable certifiers to rapidly determine that the system risk is acceptable. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.
Response date: 7/11/2019
ReVector
BTO
The ReVector program aims to develop methods to use human skin microbiomes to modulate chemical production in order to avoid mosquito attraction and feeding and reduce the threat of mosquito-borne disease to Warfighters. Human skin associated microbes interact with metabolites from the body and influence the volatile molecules of each individual, making some individuals more attractive to mosquitoes. This program seeks to develop advanced data analytics and microbiome modulation tools for engineering skin microbiomes and provide new options for the readiness and resiliency of military personnel.
Response date: 7/20/2019
Program Announcement for Artificial Intelligence Exploration (AIE)
DSO
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. In support of this mission, DARPA has pioneered groundbreaking research and development (R&D) in Artificial Intelligence (AI) for more than five decades.
Response date: 7/22/2019
Air Combat Evolution (ACE)
STO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative proposals for the Air Combat Evolution (ACE) program. The ACE program will increase warfighter trust in combat autonomy by automating aerial within-visual-range (WVR) maneuvering, colloquially known as a dogfight, using progressively realistic platforms (following demonstrations in modeling and simulation, the program will graduate to small-scale unmanned aerial vehicles, and culminate on operationally representative aircraft).
Response date: 7/23/2019
Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS)
TTO
The objective of the RSGS program is to create a dexterous robotic operational capability in Geosynchronous Orbit (GEO) that can both provide increased resilience for the current U.S. space infrastructure and be the first concrete step toward a transformed space architecture with revolutionary capabilities. The long-term vision of the RSGS program is to enable persistent robotic servicing capabilities in GEO, beginning with the robotic servicer developed under the RSGS program and operated by a commercial entity, with the goal of achieving an enduring, reliable, cost effective GEO satellite servicing presence.