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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: 7/30/2020
Reverse Engineering of Deceptions (RED)
I2O
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.
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Response date: 7/31/2020
Program Announcement for AIE
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. 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)
STO
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.
Response date: 8/10/2020
SBIR Opportunity: N-polar GaN mm-wave Power Electronics on Sapphire
MTO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Small Business Programs Office (SBPO) is issuing an SBIR/STTR Opportunity (SBO) inviting submissions of innovative research concepts in the technical domain(s) of Materials/Processes. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of N-polar GaN mm-wave Power Electronics on Sapphire.
Response date: 8/10/2020
SBIR Opportunity: Tough Self-Decontaminating Surfaces (TSDS)
SBPO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Small Business Programs Office (SBPO) is issuing an SBIR/STTR Opportunity (SBO) inviting submissions of innovative research concepts in the technical domain(s) of Battle Space, Chemical/Biological Defense, Ground/Sea Vehicles, Materials/Processes. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of Tough Self-Decontaminating Surfaces (TSDS).
Response date: 8/10/2020
SBIR Opportunity: Field Controllable Modulator Array (FCMA)
SBPO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Small Business Programs Office (SBPO) is issuing an SBIR/STTR Opportunity (SBO) inviting submissions of innovative research concepts in the technical domain(s) of Electronics, Materials/Processes. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of Field Controllable Modulator Array (FCMA).
Response date: 8/30/2020
Information Innovation Office (I2O) Office-wide
I2O
This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) seeks revolutionary research ideas for topics not being addressed by ongoing I2O programs or other published solicitations. Potential proposers are highly encouraged to review the current I2O programs (http://www.darpa.mil/about-us/offices/i2o) and solicitations (http://www.darpa.mil/work-with-us/opportunities) to avoid proposing efforts that duplicate existing activities or that are responsive to other published I2O solicitations.
Response date: 9/1/2020
Thermal Engineering using Material Physics (TEMP)
DSO
The TEMP DO seeks novel concepts that will leverage developments in materials and physics to control the direction and wavelength of thermal transport by radiation in the visible spectrum in extreme thermal environments.
Response date: 9/9/2020
Verified Security and Performance Enhancement of Large Legacy Software (V-SPELLS)
I2O
The goal of the V-SPELLS program is to create a developer-accessible capability for piece-by-piece enhancement of software components with new verified code that is both correct-by-construction and compatible-by-construction, i.e., safely composable with the rest of the system. V-SPELLS will create practical tools for developers to gain benefits of formal software verification in incremental software (re)engineering rather than only in clean-slate introduction. V-SPELLS tools will enable developers to deliver assured incremental modernization of legacy systems in a manner that leverages verification technologies and reduces rather than raises risk.
Response date: 9/15/2020
Defense Applications of Programmable Logic Request for Information (RFI)
MTO
This Request for Information (RFI) from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) seeks information on implementing defense applications involving large data arrays with next generation heterogeneous computing devices.
Response date: 9/17/2020
Harnessing Enzymatic Activity for Lifesaving Remedies (HEALR)
BTO
DARPA is soliciting innovative proposals to develop (1) new therapeutics against Department of Defense (DoD)-priority bacterial threats that leverage host-driven protein degradation or deactivation pathways; and (2) a platform capability to rapidly develop, screen, and optimize therapeutics against emerging bacterial threats.
Response date: 9/30/2020
Cyberspace Operations and Information Operations Research and Development (COIO R&D)
I2O
The DARPA Information Innovation Office (I2O) requests information on potential performers for classified COIO R&D. Specifically, this RFI seeks information on potential performers who have the capability to rapidly develop state-of-the-art COIO technologies responsive to current and emerging cyber threats.
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Response date: 10/1/2020
Modeling and Prediction of Complex Dynamical Events (Topic 23)
DSO
The purpose of this Polyplexus Pilot Topic Opportunity Notice is to provide public notification of a research and development funding opportunity on the Polyplexus online platform. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) invites participation in Polyplexus, which is an online, professional, technical conversation between the research community and DARPA Program Managers that will lead to the opportunity to submit abstracts and full proposals for a research and development project.
Response date: 12/31/2020
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)
SBPO
To provide game-changing capabilities to our warfighters, DARPA must have the tools to operate at the pace of innovation. In order to capitalize on small business innovation, DARPA has implemented a new approach to advertise SBIR and STTR funding opportunities on a “just-in-time” basis, outside of the three pre-determined announcements issued at the DoD level. SBIR and STTR Opportunities (SBOs) will be announced under this BAA. Only proposals submitted in response to an active corresponding SBO will be evaluated for funding.
Response date: 3/1/2021
Strategic Technologies
STO
DARPA's Strategic Technology Office (STO) is seeking innovative ideas and disruptive technologies that provide the U.S. military increased lethality in an era of eroding dominance within the focus areas of the broader Mosaic Warfare objective: Mosaic Technologies, Mosaic Effects Web Services (EWS), and Mosaic Experimentation.
Response date: 4/14/2021
Adaptive Warfighting Architectures
ACO
The Adaptive Capabilities Office (ACO), working in close partnership with the military services, develops adaptive warfighting architectures that combine emerging technologies with new warfighting constructs to address the challenges faced by military forces in contested environments.