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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: 4/22/2019
Competency-Aware Machine Learning (CAML)
DSO
The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of competency-awareness machine learning, whereby an autonomous system can self-assess its task competency and strategy and express both in a human-understandable form.
Response date: 4/25/2019
Biological Technologies
BTO
This announcement seeks revolutionary research ideas for topics not being addressed by ongoing BTO programs or other published solicitations.
Response date: 4/26/2019
Grounded Artificial Intelligence Language Acquisition (GAILA)
I2O
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is issuing an Artificial Intelligence Exploration (AIE) Opportunity, inviting submissions of innovative basic research concepts in the technical domain of human language technology, cognitive science, and language acquisition.
Response date: 5/1/2019
OFFENSIVE SWARM-ENABLED TACTICS (OFFSET) SWARM SPRINT 4
TTO

The goal of OFFSET Swarm Sprints is to create focused breakthroughs in swarm technologies to be integrated into the OFFSET Swarm Systems Architecture. The specific topics of interest for this amendment are (1) the creation and implementation of potential future synthetic technologies in OFFSET virtual environments to enable exploration of novel swarm tactics; and (2) the application of artificial intelligence methods to accelerate and aid the design of advanced swarm tactics that are robust in realistic operational settings.

Response date: 5/1/2019
Real Time Machine Learning (RTML)
MTO
A grand challenge in computing is the creation of a processor that can proactively interpret and learn from data in real-time, solve unfamiliar problems using what it has learned, and operate with the energy efficiency of the human brain.
Response date: 5/6/2019
Manta Ray Proposers Day
TTO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Tactical Technology Office (TTO) is sponsoring a Proposers Day to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of the Manta Ray program in advance of a planned Broad Agency Announcement (BAA).
Response date: 5/10/2019
Science of Artificial Intelligence and Learning for Open-world Novelty (SAIL-ON)
DSO
The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals for new AI methodologies and techniques that support (1) the principled characterization and generation of novelty in open worlds and (2) the creation of AI systems capable of operating appropriately and effectively in open worlds.
Response date: 5/17/2019
System of Systems Enhanced Small Units (SESU)
STO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) System of Systems Enhanced Small Units (SESU) program seeks to develop System of Systems (SoS) capabilities that could enable a small unit (~200-300 soldiers, corresponding materiel footprint, and limited rear-echelon support) to destroy, deceive, and/or disrupt the adversary's Anti-Access / Area Denial (A2/AD) capabilities in order to enable joint and coalition multi-domain operations at appropriate times and locations.