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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 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: 7/14/2020
Notice of Intent to Award a Sole Source Contract for Modular Optical Aperture Building Blocks (MOABB) Optical Phased Arrays at Scale (OPAS) to Analog Photonics LLC
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Contracts Management Office (CMO), on behalf of the Microsystems Technology Office (MTO), intends to award an approximately 36-month sole source follow-on contract to Analog Photonics LLC of Boston, MA for continuation of their Modular Optical Aperture Building Blocks (MOABB) project.
Response date: 7/15/2020
Wideband Secure and Protected Emitter and Receiver (WiSPER)
DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals to develop wideband secure and protected radio interface technologies for future Radio Frequency (RF) systems. The WiSPER program will enable next-generation secure tactical radios. Please see BAA for instructions on requesting the BAA Unclassified//FOUO addendum for additional information.
Response date: 7/28/2020
High Enthalpy Aperture Technology (HEAT)
The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of high performance radio frequency (RF) and infrared (IR) aperture materials for high enthalpy, high dynamic pressure applications. The High Enthalpy Aperture Technology (HEAT) program seeks to demonstrate new material approaches and solutions for RF and IR apertures on hypersonic platforms.
Response date: 7/29/2020
Assessment of Unconventional Computing Technologies Request for Information (RFI)
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is requesting information related to unconventional computing. DSO has invested heavily in recent years to explore, develop, and apply a variety of unconventional computing approaches, including those that exploit quantum, chemical, material, and natural computing substrates.
Response date: 7/29/2020
Demonstration Rocket for Agile Cislunar Operations
The DRACO program seeks to demonstrate a nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) system on orbit. This funding opportunity is for Phase 1 of the program, which is anticipated to last 18 months and consist of two tracks.
| Space |
Response date: 7/30/2020
Reverse Engineering of Deceptions (RED)
The Reverse Engineering of Deceptions (RED) effort will develop techniques that automatically reverse engineer the toolchains behind attacks such as multimedia falsification, adversarial machine learning (ML) attacks, or other information deception attacks. The tools by which those attacks are accomplished and the adversaries behind such attacks are often unclear; recovering the tools and processes used to create an attack provides information that may aid in identifying an adversary.
| ML |
Response date: 7/31/2020
Program Announcement for AIE
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. In support of this mission, DARPA has pioneered groundbreaking research and development (R&D) in Artificial Intelligence (AI) for more than five decades.
Response date: 8/4/2020
Resilient Networked Distributed Mosaic Communications (RN DMC)
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative proposals in the following technical area: distributed coherent communications with an emphasis on developing a bi-directional mosaic element system that works with current tactical radios operational waveforms. The program, Resilient Networked Distributed Mosaic Communications (RN DMC), is a vital part of the Mosaic Warfare end-state vision. 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.