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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: 6/29/2018
Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites Technology Transfer Opportunity
The purpose of this announcement is to focus the attention of the U.S. aerospace industry on the technologies developed under the RSGS program by the Government, and to describe a technology transfer approach between interested organizations and the Government, if desired.
Response date: 7/3/2018
Urban Reconnaissance through Supervised Autonomy (URSA)
The goal of the URSA program is to assess the feasibility and effectiveness of integrating unmanned systems, sensor technologies, and advanced autonomy algorithms to enable improved techniques for rapidly discriminating hostile intent and filtering out threats in complex urban environments.
Response date: 7/13/2018
Launch Challenge Payloads (RFI)
This Request for Information (RFI) from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Tactical Technology Office (TTO) seeks ideas, methodologies, and approaches solely for information and planning purposes. Responses to this RFI will be used to determine the availability of potential payloads to use in conjunction with the DARPA Launch Challenge.
Response date: 7/20/2018
Polyplexus Pilot

The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking participants for a pilot program designed to utilize modern connectivity to rapidly develop promising basic research pathways and then efficiently develop basic research proposals. DSO’s intent is to fund some of the research proposals resulting from this pilot program. As with other recent DARPA/DSO opportunity announcements, the intent of this program is to deliver research proposals that seek to investigate innovative approaches to enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.

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Response date: 7/26/2018
All Source Combat Operations and Targeting (ASCOT)
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative proposals in the following technical areas: naval surface warfare, electronic warfare, battlespace surveillance, target detection, identification and geo-location. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems.
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Response date: 8/27/2018
PReemptive Expression of Protective Alleles and Response Elements (PREPARE)
The PREPARE program aims to develop programmable gene modulators for humans that can provide specific, effective, safe, and transient medical countermeasures and prophylaxes to combat biological, chemical, and/or radiological threats to public health and national security.
Response date: 8/31/2018
Information Innovation Office (I2O) Office-wide
I2O seeks unconventional approaches that are outside the mainstream, challenge accepted assumptions, and have the potential to radically change established practice. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems.
Response date: 9/13/2018
Microsystems Technology Office Office-wide Broad Agency Announcement
This announcement seeks revolutionary research ideas for topics not being addressed by ongoing MTO programs or other published solicitations.