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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: 5/22/2018
Biostasis
BTO
DARPA seeks novel approaches to reversibly pause and/or slow the functions and preserve viability of living cells without reliance on cold temperature. This new technology aims to directly address needs within the Department of Defense to maintain and deliver biological therapeutics and extend the window of time for effective use of field forward therapeutics.
Response date: 5/31/2018
SIGMA+ Sensors
DSO
The Defense Sciences Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of advanced chemical and biological detector technologies to support a networked system of sensors for the detection, interdiction, and deterrence of clandestine weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
Response date: 6/1/2018
RFMLS Applications Request for Information
MTO
DARPA’s RFMLS (RF Machine Learning Systems) Program is developing the foundations for applying modern data-driven machine learning to the RF spectrum domain. The RFMLS Program uses commercially relevant focus problems to guide development of a core set of foundational unclassified algorithms. This RFI seeks information on how those algorithms might be applied to improve the performance and capabilities of existing DoD systems and processes.
Response date: 6/4/2018
Collection and Monitoring via Planning for Active Situational Scenarios (COMPASS)
STO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative proposals for the Collection and Monitoring via Planning for Active Situational Scenarios (COMPASS) program. COMPASS develops decision aids that drive probing actions designed to improve situational awareness and reduce the ambiguity of actors and objectives in gray zone environments.
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Response date: 6/6/2018
Blackjack
TTO
The Blackjack program will develop and demonstrate the critical technical elements for building a global high-speed network backbone in low earth orbit (LEO) that enables highly networked, resilient, and persistent DoD payloads that provide over-the-horizon sensing, signals, and communications to hold the ground, surface, and air domains in global constant custody. The program is an architecture demonstration intending to show the high military utility of global LEO constellations and mesh networks of low size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C) payloads and commoditized satellite buses.
Response date: 6/11/2018
Defense Sciences Office (DSO) Office-wide
DSO
The mission of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is to identify and pursue high-risk, high-payoff research initiatives across a broad spectrum of science and engineering disciplines and to transform these initiatives into disruptive technologies for U.S. national security
Response date: 6/12/2018
TTO Office-Wide Broad Agency Announcement (BAA): Innovative Systems for Military Missions
TTO

The Tactical Technology Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is soliciting executive summaries, white papers and proposals for advanced research, development and demonstration of innovative systems for military missions.

Please see the below videos produced for and released as part of the 2017 TTO Virtual Proposers Day for the HR001117S0014 BAA (Click on the YouTube logo for a larger version of the video):