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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.
Response date: 5/3/2018
Epigenetic CHaracterization and Observation (ECHO)
BTO
The Epigenetic CHaracterization and Observation (ECHO) program will utilize an individual's epigenome to reveal their history of exposure to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and WMD precursors. The program will build a field-deployable platform capable of using the epigenome to diagnose biothreat exposures and infections and support military forensics operations to counter-WMD proliferation.
Response date: 5/10/2018
Operational Fires (OpFires) Propulsion System
TTO
The OpFires Propulsion System task will be a two-phased effort to design and develop innovative propulsion concepts and technologies enabling a novel ground-launched system for tactical weapons deployment.
Response date: 5/11/2018
DARPA Launch Challenge Competitors Day
TTO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Tactical Technology Office (TTO) is sponsoring a Competitors Day to provide information to potential participants on the objectives of the DARPA Launch Challenge. The goal of the DARPA Launch Challenge is to incentivize the emerging industry of small launch providers who will be able to launch payloads to low earth orbit (LEO) to demonstrate capabilities that are both flexible (launch from anywhere) and responsive (launch at any time).
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: 6/4/2018
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):

Response date: 6/15/2018
Computers and Humans Exploring Software Security (CHESS)
I2O
DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals to develop techniques and systems that will substantially accelerate software vulnerability research (VR). The goal of the CHESS program is to develop computer/human systems to rapidly discover all classes of vulnerability in complex software.
Response date: 6/29/2018
Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites Technology Transfer Opportunity
TTO
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: 7/20/2018
Polyplexus Pilot
DSO

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.

Proposers Day Video
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.
Response date: 9/13/2018
Microsystems Technology Office Office-wide Broad Agency Announcement
MTO
This announcement seeks revolutionary research ideas for topics not being addressed by ongoing MTO programs or other published solicitations.
Response date: 9/21/2018
Strategic Technologies (STO) OFFICE-WIDE
STO
DARPA is seeking innovative ideas and disruptive technologies that provide the U.S. military significant capability improvement to dominate across all scales of conflict intensity. These span highly contested force-on-force conflicts to ambiguous, complex 'Gray Zone' conflicts. Technologies should support conflicts that may take place in a range of environments from austere, remote locations to dense megacities.
Response date: 2/20/2019
Program Announcement for Disruptioneering (Defense Sciences Office)
DSO
The mission of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is to make strategic, early investments in science and technology that will have long-term positive impact on our nation's national security. As part of this mission, DARPA makes high-risk, high-reward investments in science and technology that have the potential to disrupt current understanding and/or approaches. The pace of discovery in both science and technology is accelerating worldwide, resulting in new fields of study and the identification of scientific areas ripe for disruption.