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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: 10/18/2019
FOcal arrays for Curved Infrared Imagers (FOCII)
MTO
DARPA MTO is soliciting research and development proposals for the FOcal arrays for Curved Infrared Imagers (FOCII) program to 1) curve existing state of the art large area (= 55mm diagonal), high resolution, state of the art cryogenically cooled mid- and/or longwave infrared focal plane arrays to a spherical radius of curvature of 70mm, and 2) curve smaller arrays (35mm diagonal) to an extreme 12.5mm spherical radius of curvature.
Response date: 10/21/2019
Nucleic Acids On-Demand Worldwide (NOW) Proposers Day
BTO
The Biological Technologies Office (BTO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is sponsoring a Proposers Day for the planned proposer community in support of the Nucleic Acids On-Demand Worldwide (NOW) program. The Proposers Day will be held on October 28, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM ET at the Executive Conference Center (4075 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22203). Advanced registration is required. The goal of the NOW program is to develop a mobile medical countermeasure (MCM) manufacturing platform for use in stabilization and humanitarian operations to rapidly produce, formulate, and package hundreds of doses of nucleic acid therapeutics (DNA and/or RNA).
Response date: 10/28/2019
Providence Proposers Day
STO
The purpose of this Proposers Day is to provide information on the Providence program; promote additional discussion on this topic; address questions from potential proposers; and, provide a forum for potential proposers to present their capabilities for teaming opportunities. Advanced registration is required.
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Response date: 10/28/2019
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Holistic Object Tracking
STO
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(s) of sensors, machine learning, and computer vision. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of Holistic Object Tracking.
Response date: 10/28/2019
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Patterned, Responsive Cellular Therapies Using Novel Mammalian Cellular Regulator Systems
BTO
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 Biomedical Technology. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of Patterned, Responsive Cellular Therapies Using Novel Mammalian Cellular Regulator Systems.
Response date: 10/28/2019
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Sparse Information Orbit Estimation for Proliferated LEO
TTO
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(s) of Space Platforms and Sensors. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of Sparse Information Orbit Estimation for Proliferated LEO.
Response date: 10/28/2019
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Self-Reconfigurable Modular Ground Robots
TTO
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 self-reconfigurable modular robotics. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of small ground robots that can autonomously reconfigure without human intervention to enable operation in unknown, complex environments in support of off-road delivery tasks.
Response date: 10/28/2019
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Fabrication and Testing of Large Aperture Achromatic Visible Metalens for Imaging Applications
TTO
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(s) of metamaterial lenses, or “metalenses”, either standalone, or integrated with bulk optics to reduce size, weight, and power (SWaP) of large optical systems. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of developing fast (f/2 or faster) metalenses operating throughout the visible spectrum (400-700 nm). DARPA is interested in technologies that can scale up to >10 centimeters while still maintaining the performance expected from comparable high quality imaging systems with similar apertures.