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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: 4/25/2018
Urban Reconnaissance through Supervised Autonomy (URSA) Proposers Day
TTO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Tactical Technology Office (TTO) is sponsoring a Proposers Day to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of the Urban Reconnaissance through Supervised Autonomy (URSA) program in advance of a planned Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). DARPA also seeks to facilitate teaming by providing a forum for potential proposers to network.
Response date: 4/25/2018
Friend or Foe
BTO
The Friend or Foe (FoF) program will develop the capability to rapidly identify potential bacterial pathogens in complex environments through analysis of their behavior (i.e., their phenotype). New pathogens, both naturally occurring and adversary-engineered, are increasingly likely to emerge due to changes in the environment, rising global population, and the wide availability of genetic engineering tools to both state and non-state actors.
Response date: 4/26/2018
Disruption Opportunity Special Notice - Molecular Scaffold Design Collective (MSDC)
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 or applied research concepts in the technical domain of molecular scaffold design.
Response date: 4/26/2018
Biological Technologies Office-wide Broad Agency Announcement
BTO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals of interest to the Biological Technologies Office (BTO). Proposed research should investigate leading edge approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, technologies, or systems at the intersection of biology with engineering and the physical and computer sciences. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of the art. BTO seeks unconventional approaches that are outside the mainstream, challenge assumptions, and have the potential to radically change established practice, lead to extraordinary outcomes, and create entirely new fields.
Response date: 4/30/2018
Request for Information - Urban Sensing Technologies
STO
This Request for Information from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Strategic Technology Office seeks ideas, methodologies, and approaches solely for information and planning purposes. Responses to this RFI will be used to potentially support the development of new DARPA programs that could enable improved urban sensing capabilities.
Response date: 4/30/2018
Request for Information - Cyber and Encryption Security National Security Space Systems and Low Earth Orbit Constellations
TTO
This Request for Information (RFI) from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Tactical Technology Office seeks ideas, methodologies, and approaches solely for information and planning purposes. Responses to this RFI may be used to support potential new DARPA programs that will seek high-risk/high-payoff breakthroughs in all modalities of cybersecurity technologies with the identification and development of revolutionary new mission systems that will exploit them.
Response date: 4/30/2018
OFFensive Swarm Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) Amendment 2 - Swarm Sprints 2
TTO

The focus of this swarm sprint is on enabling improved swarm autonomy through enhancements of swarm platforms and/or autonomy elements, with the operational backdrop of utilizing a diverse swarm of 50 air and ground robots to isolate an urban objective within an area of two square city blocks over a mission duration of 15 to 30 minutes. Swarm Sprinters will leverage existing or develop new hardware components, swarm algorithms, and/or swarm primitives to enable novel capabilities that specifically showcase the advantages of a swarm when leveraging and operating in complex urban environments.

OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) (Video)
Response date: 4/30/2018
Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors (PALS)
BTO
DARPA seeks innovative proposals for new systems that employ natural or engineered marine organisms as sensor elements to amplify signals related to the presence, movement, and classification of manned or unmanned underwater vehicles (M/UUV). The Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors (PALS) program will leverage or develop living organisms as sensor transducers, and pair them with a detector and analysis suite to produce deployable sensor systems able to provide timely information on vehicle activity across a wide variety of maritime environments.