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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: 10/10/2019
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Ultrathin Dielectric Elastomer Fibers for Actuation
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 and Sensors, Electronics, and Electronic Warfare. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of Ultrathin Dielectric Elastomer Fibers for Actuation.
Response date: 10/15/2019
Symbiotic Design for Cyber Physical Systems
I2O
DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of AI-based approaches for design of military-relevant cyber-physical systems (CPS). Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems
Response date: 10/18/2019
FOcal arrays for Curved Infrared Imagers (FOCII)
MTO
DARPA MTO is soliciting research and development proposals for the FOcal arrays for Curved Infrared Imagers (FOCII) program to 1) curve existing state of the art large area (= 55mm diagonal), high resolution, state of the art cryogenically cooled mid- and/or longwave infrared focal plane arrays to a spherical radius of curvature of 70mm, and 2) curve smaller arrays (35mm diagonal) to an extreme 12.5mm spherical radius of curvature.
Response date: 10/21/2019
Nucleic Acids On-Demand Worldwide (NOW) Proposers Day
BTO
The Biological Technologies Office (BTO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is sponsoring a Proposers Day for the planned proposer community in support of the Nucleic Acids On-Demand Worldwide (NOW) program. The Proposers Day will be held on October 28, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM ET at the Executive Conference Center (4075 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22203). Advanced registration is required. The goal of the NOW program is to develop a mobile medical countermeasure (MCM) manufacturing platform for use in stabilization and humanitarian operations to rapidly produce, formulate, and package hundreds of doses of nucleic acid therapeutics (DNA and/or RNA).
Response date: 10/28/2019
Providence Proposers Day
STO
The purpose of this Proposers Day is to provide information on the Providence program; promote additional discussion on this topic; address questions from potential proposers; and, provide a forum for potential proposers to present their capabilities for teaming opportunities. Advanced registration is required.
| EW | Interface | ISR |
Response date: 10/28/2019
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Holistic Object Tracking
STO
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 sensors, machine learning, and computer vision. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of Holistic Object Tracking.
Response date: 10/28/2019
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Patterned, Responsive Cellular Therapies Using Novel Mammalian Cellular Regulator Systems
BTO
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 of Biomedical Technology. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of Patterned, Responsive Cellular Therapies Using Novel Mammalian Cellular Regulator Systems.
Response date: 10/28/2019
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Sparse Information Orbit Estimation for Proliferated LEO
TTO
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 Space Platforms and Sensors. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of Sparse Information Orbit Estimation for Proliferated LEO.
Response date: 10/28/2019
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Self-Reconfigurable Modular Ground Robots
TTO
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 of self-reconfigurable modular robotics. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of small ground robots that can autonomously reconfigure without human intervention to enable operation in unknown, complex environments in support of off-road delivery tasks.
Response date: 10/28/2019
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Fabrication and Testing of Large Aperture Achromatic Visible Metalens for Imaging Applications
TTO
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 metamaterial lenses, or “metalenses”, either standalone, or integrated with bulk optics to reduce size, weight, and power (SWaP) of large optical systems. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of developing fast (f/2 or faster) metalenses operating throughout the visible spectrum (400-700 nm). DARPA is interested in technologies that can scale up to >10 centimeters while still maintaining the performance expected from comparable high quality imaging systems with similar apertures.
Response date: 10/29/2019
Focused Pharma
BTO
Military service members and veterans face serious occupational trauma; one element in particular relates to the significantly increased risk of acute and chronic neuropsychiatric conditions. Neuropsychiatric conditions in the military are particularly impactful because options for treating them are limited. No therapy currently exists that can deliver rapid relief of neuropsychiatric symptoms and is reasonable for use in a broad spectrum of conditions. Neuropsychiatric conditions are complex, and presentation is highly subject to significant inter-individual variability. Focused Pharma aims to develop new drugs that target specific neurotransmitter receptor signaling modes to deliver near immediate relief that is generalizable across indications and individuals.
Response date: 11/5/2019
ReSource
BTO
The goal of the ReSource program is to provide the military with an integrated system to convert plastics, and other energy-dense waste, into food and other strategic chemicals. Developed technologies should function in austere environments to extend long-term missions by engaging single-use wastes and scavenged materials as feedstock, consequently decreasing the logistic burdens and risks associated with delivery of supplies.
Response date: 11/7/2019
Military Tactical Means (MTM)
STO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative proposals in the areas of multi-mode electro-optics (EO), sensors, and exploitation techniques capable of performing wide-area search to detect high-value targets in order to task engagement systems to close effects-chains. 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: 11/8/2019
CRANE - Control of Revolutionary Aircraft with Novel Effectors
TTO
CRANE will design, build, and flight test an X-Plane that incorporates Active Flow Control (AFC) as a primary design consideration. This BAA seeks full proposals for Phase 0 and a fully priced option for Phase 1. Phase 0 focuses on the aircraft design process and trade space development via the exploration of multiple configurations by each performer and concluding with a Conceptual Design Review (CoDR).
| Air | Unmanned |
Response date: 11/12/2019
OFFensive Swarm Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) Sprint 5
TTO
The goal of OFFSET Swarm Sprints is to create focused breakthroughs in swarm technologies to be integrated into the OFFSET Swarm Systems Architecture.
Response date: 11/12/2019
Polyplexus Pilot Topic Opportunity Notice for Hardware Trojan Identification (Topic 14)
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.