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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: 12/6/2019
Coho Proposers Day
STO
DARPA-SN-20-01 Coho Proposers Day
Response date: 12/11/2019
Hyper-Dimensional Data Enabled Neural Networks (HyDDENN)
MTO
The “Hyper-Dimensional Data Enabled Neural Networks” (HyDDENN) program seeks new data enabled neural network (NN) architectures to break the reliance on large MAC-based DNNs. HyDDENN will explore and develop innovative data representations with shallow NN architectures based on efficient, non-MAC, digital compute primitives to enable highly accurate and energy efficient AI for DoD edge systems.
| AI | Data | Networking |
Response date: 12/12/2019
Microsystems Exploration: Tunable Ferroelectric Nitrides (TUFEN)
MTO
The goal of the TUFEN Microsystems Exploration Topic is to determine and demonstrate the range of physical conditions for ferroelectric behavior in doped nitride materials and to characterize the effects of physical dimensions, material composition, and processing conditions. Furthermore, this effort will demonstrate device functionality and reliability characterization in concert with the ferroelectric properties of these nitride materials.
Response date: 12/12/2019
Sea Train 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 Sea Train program related to a planned Broad Agency Announcement (BAA).
Response date: 12/19/2019
Pecan
BTO
DARPA seeks expertise in synthetic biology and biochemistry of microbial communities.
Response date: 1/7/2020
Network Universal Persistence (Network UP) Phase 2
STO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative proposals in the following technical areas: radio architectures and technology and network architectures and technology that maintain network reliability through periods of high channel degradation. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.
Response date: 1/7/2020
Providence
STO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative proposals in the following technical areas: naval surface warfare, electronic warfare (EW), battlespace surveillance, machine learning, intelligent systems, and ultra-wideband receiving. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.
| EW | Interface | ISR |
Response date: 1/9/2020
Nucleic Acids On-Demand World-Wide (NOW)
BTO
The goal of the NOW program is to develop a mobile medical countermeasure (MCM) manufacturing platform for use in stabilization and humanitarian operations to produce, formulate, and package hundreds of doses of nucleic acid therapeutics (DNA and/or RNA) in less than 24 hours. The developed platform should be a resilient, mobile, readily accessible nucleic acid MCM manufacturing capability that enables immediate threat response anywhere the military operates with minimal user intervention.