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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 beta.SAM.gov 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: 3/11/2020
Invisible Headlights Proposers Day
DSO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is sponsoring a Proposers Day to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of an anticipated Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the Invisible Headlights program.
Response date: 3/31/2020
Request for Information (RFI) Virtual Models, Controllers, and Subterranean Assets
TTO
This Request for Information (RFI) from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Tactical Technology Office (TTO) seeks virtual models, meshes, and controllers for vehicle, sensors, or environments, and for open-source use solely for information and planning purposes.
Response date: 4/2/2020
No Manning Required, Ship (NOMARS)
TTO
The No Manning Required, Ship (NOMARS) program will design, build, and field test an unmanned surface ship that can operate autonomously for long durations at sea with no human interventions or underway maintenance. NOMARS will challenge the traditional naval architecture paradigm by starting with a clean-sheet ship design process that eliminates design considerations associated with crew. NOMARS is a two-phased program, but this BAA seeks full proposals for Phase 1 (comprised of two tracks) only. This period will explore the NOMARS design space from Conceptual Design Review (CoDR) through Preliminary Design Review (PDR) and system definition.
Response date: 4/15/2020
Polyplexus Pilot Topic Opportunity Notice for Quantum Causality (Topic 18)
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: 4/20/2020
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Programming Language Support for Assured Data Intent
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(s) of Information Systems. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of Programming Language Support for Assured Data Intent.
Response date: 4/20/2020
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Rapid, flexible manufacturing of DNA molecules for synthetic biology and therapeutic applications
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(s) of Biomedical. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of Rapid, flexible manufacturing of DNA molecules for synthetic biology and therapeutic applications.
Response date: 4/20/2020
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: PiezoMEMS PDK
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(s) of Materials/Processes. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of PiezoMEMS PDK.
Response date: 4/21/2020
Wideband Secure and Protected Emitter and Receiver (WiSPER)
MTO
DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals to develop wideband secure and protected radio interface technologies for future Radio Frequency (RF) systems. The WiSPER program will enable next-generation secure tactical radios. Please see BAA for instructions on requesting the BAA Unclassified//FOUO addendum for additional information.