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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: 9/19/2017
No Gimbal Internet Nodes in Space (NoGINS) Study Breadboard Prototype
TTO
No Gimbal Internet Nodes in Space (NoGINS) Study Breadboard Prototype
Response date: 9/20/2017
Living Sensors
BTO
The Biological Technologies Office (BTO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) requests innovative ideas and approaches to support development of new sensing capabilities in the surface and subsurface marine environment through observation and interpretation of organismal behavior.
Response date: 9/29/2017
Harnessing Autonomy for Countering Cyberadversary Systems (HACCS)
I2O
DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of automated techniques and software tools for neutralizing cyberadversary infrastructure. The goal of the Harnessing Autonomy for Countering Cyberadversary Systems program is to develop technologies for accurately identifying malicious cyberadversary infiltrated networks, generating software exploits for large numbers of known (n-day) vulnerabilities, and creating safe, reliable, and non-disruptive autonomous software agents that can be inserted in the compromised networks via the n-day exploits to safely and reliably neutralize cyberadversary software agents.
Response date: 10/2/2017
RFI - Detection and Negation Ideas for Protecting Against Small Unmanned Air Systems
TTO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Tactical Technology Office (TTO) requests information on innovative technologies for countering adversary small unmanned air systems (sUAS). Based on the response to this RFI, an invitation to attend a one-day Technology Day may be extended to respondents with relevant sensing and/or neutralizing technology.
Response date: 10/4/2017
Microsystems Technology Office Commercial Performer Program Announcement
MTO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) is seeking to support innovative ideas relevant both to the commercial sector and to Department of Defense (DoD) applications.
Response date: 10/10/2017
Radio Frequency Machine Learning Systems (RFMLS)
MTO
The goal of the RF Machine Learning Systems (RFMLS) program is to develop the foundations for applying modern data-driven Machine Learning to the RF Spectrum domain as well as to develop practical applications in emerging spectrum problems which demand vastly improved discrimination performance over today's hand-engineered RF systems.
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Response date: 10/19/2017
Assured Autonomy
I2O
The DARPA Information Innovation Office (I2O) is soliciting innovative research proposals to substantially improve the design, integration and verification/testing technology for continual assurance of autonomous learning-enabled cyber-physical systems to guarantee their safety and performance.
Response date: 11/1/2017
Cross Domain Maritime Surveillance and Targeting (CDMaST) Phase 2
STO
The DARPA CDMaST program seeks to demonstrate a new approach to naval warfare consisting of highly distributed manned and unmanned Systems of Systems (SoS) acting collaboratively to control the seas. Specifically, the goal is to demonstrate the ability to conduct third-party, cross-domain (i.e., above, on, and under the ocean) targeting to hold enemy ships and submarines at risk over wide, contested areas while showing significantly increased military effectiveness, adaptability, and cost imposition to opponents.
Response date: 11/6/2017
Page 3 Materials and Integration
MTO
The overall goal of the Three Dimensional Monolithic System-on-a-Chip (3DSoC) program is to develop 3D monolithic technology that will enable > 50X improvement in SOC digital performance at power. 3DSOC aims to drive research in process, design tools, and new compute architectures for future designs while utilizing U.S. fabrication capabilities.
Response date: 11/9/2017
Active Social Engineering Defense (ASED)
I2O
DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of automated defense against social engineering attacks.
Response date: 11/14/2017
Page 3 Design
MTO
The Design thrust of the Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI): Page 3 Investments will address today’s System-On-Chip (SoC) design complexity and cost barriers, creating the environment needed for the next wave of US semiconductor innovation
Response date: 11/21/2017
Biological Technologies EZ
BTO
This announcement seeks revolutionary research ideas for topics not being addressed by ongoing BTO programs or other published solicitations. Of particular interest are those proposals from entities (both small and large business) that have never received Government funding, or who do not normally propose to Government solicitations.
Response date: 12/4/2017
Young Faculty Award (YFA)
DSO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award (YFA) program aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions in academia and equivalent positions at non-profit research institutions and expose them to Department of Defense (DoD) and National Security challenges and needs.
Response date: 12/4/2017
Page 3 Architectures
MTO
DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of novel computing architectures. The Page 3: Architectures thrust of the Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) seeks to demonstrate heterogeneous computing systems that provide the performance advantages of specialized processors, while maintaining the programmability of general purpose processors.
Response date: 3/18/2018
Strategic Technologies
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: 4/26/2018
Biological Technologies
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.