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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: 7/24/2018
Space Environment Exploitation (SEE) 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 Space Environment Exploitation (SEE) program.
Response date: 7/26/2018
All Source Combat Operations and Targeting (ASCOT)
STO
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.
| EW | Targeting |
Response date: 7/27/2018
Launch Challenge Payloads (RFI)
TTO
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: 8/1/2018
Young Faculty Award (YFA) 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 Research Announcement (RA) for the Young Faculty Award (YFA) program.
Response date: 8/6/2018
Disruption Opportunity Special Notice - The Physics of Artificial Intelligence (PAI)
DSO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is issuing a Disruption Opportunity (DO) Special Notice (SN) inviting submissions of innovative basic research concepts exploring radically new architectures and approaches in Artificial Intelligence (AI) that incorporate prior knowledge, such as known physical laws, to augment sparse data and to ensure robust operation.
Response date: 8/10/2018
Quantum Computing Applications with State of the Art Capabilities Request for Information (RFI)
DSO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is seeking information on new capabilities that could be enabled by current and next generation quantum computers for understanding complex physical systems, improving artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), and enhancing distributed sensing. The field of Quantum Computing (QC) has seen considerable progress in recent years, both in the number of qubits that can be physically realized, and in the formulation of new quantum search and optimization algorithms.
Response date: 8/27/2018
PReemptive Expression of Protective Alleles and Response Elements (PREPARE)
BTO
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
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.