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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: 5/26/2020
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Seabed Simulation Synthesis
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 Ground/Sea Vehicles, Sensors. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of Seabed Simulation Synthesis (“S3”).
Response date: 5/26/2020
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Wearable Laser Detection and Alert System
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 Battle Space, Electronics, Sensors. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of a wearable laser sensor that can rapidly detect laser irradiation day and night and rapidly alert the wearer of lasing. A desirable system would have low SWaP (size, weight, and power), act as a stand-alone sensor, and be used as a wearable sensor. The system must have very low weight and volume; detect and alert of lasing in real time; and detect laser illumination over the visible to shortwave infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum (450-1600 nm target wave band). The system goal is for the wearable detection system to be 100 grams (g) or less and be powered by a rechargeable Conformal Wearable Battery, or CWB, that is less than 1.5 kg (to include wires and connectors) and can power the system for 72-hours of continuous operations. The wearable system must be comfortable to wear and be easily integrated into existing military use headgear.
Response date: 5/26/2020
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Open Source Wide Band Software Defined Acoustic Modem
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 Battle Space, Ground/Sea Vehicles. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of an Open Source Wide Band Software Defined Acoustic Modem.
Response date: 5/29/2020
Acceleration of Quantum Dot Device Development (Topic 20)
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: 6/2/2020
Cooperative Secure Learning (CSL)
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: 6/2/2020
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.
Response date: 6/2/2020
Data Protection in Virtual Environments (DPRIVE)
MTO
DARPA is soliciting innovative research and development to reduce the computation run time of fully homomorphic encrypted computation through hardware acceleration. The goal of the DPRIVE program is to enable fully homomorphic encrypted computation to within one order of magnitude of the compute time of current unencrypted computation.
Response date: 6/4/2020
Detecting the Presence of Artificially Intelligent Systems (Topic 21)
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.