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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: 11/21/2017
Foundations for Strategic Mechanism Design (RFI)
DSO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is requesting information on mathematical and algorithmic foundations for the practical design and assessment of strategic mechanisms. Of ultimate interest are capabilities to strategically assess and manage the actions of state and non-state actors utilizing a mixture of economic, diplomatic, social, and military options.
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: 11/27/2017
Nascent Light-Matter Interactions (NLM) Proposers Day
DSO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is sponsoring a Proposers Day webcast to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of an anticipated Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the Nascent Light-Matter Interactions (NLM) program. The Proposers Day will be held via prerecorded webcast on November 28, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Advance registration is required for viewing the webcast. Note, all times listed in this announcement and on the registration website are Eastern Time.
Response date: 11/28/2017
Active Social Engineering Defense (ASED)
I2O
DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of automated defense against social engineering attacks.
Response date: 11/29/2017
OFFensive Swarm Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) Amendment 1 - Swarm Sprints
TTO

The goal of OFFSET Swarm Sprints is to create focused breakthroughs in swarm technologies to be integrated into the OFFSET Swarm Systems Architecture. The specific topic of interest for this amendment is the design and development of Swarm Tactics relevant to OFFSET Vignette 1, in the thrust area of Swarm Autonomy.
OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) (Video)

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: 12/14/2017
Geospatial Cloud Analytics (GCA)
STO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative proposals in the area of global scale, multimodal geospatial data cloud platform and analytics development. 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: 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 Office-wide Broad Agency Announcement
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.
Response date: 6/11/2018
Defense Sciences Office (DSO) Office-wide
DSO
The mission of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is to identify and pursue high-risk, high-payoff research initiatives across a broad spectrum of science and engineering disciplines and to transform these initiatives into disruptive technologies for U.S. national security
Response date: 6/12/2018
Innovative Systems for Military Missions
TTO

The Tactical Technology Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is soliciting executive summaries, white papers and proposals for advanced research, development and demonstration of innovative systems for military missions.

Please see the below videos produced for and released as part of the 2017 TTO Virtual Proposers Day for the HR001117S0014 BAA:

Overview video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEj8bkecwuc
Challenges video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAVWbyIw4J8
Doing Business with DARPA video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewZQCnJl7j4

Response date: 6/29/2018
Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites Technology Transfer Opportunity
TTO
The purpose of this announcement is to focus the attention of the U.S. aerospace industry on the technologies developed under the RSGS program by the Government, and to describe a technology transfer approach between interested organizations and the Government, if desired.
Response date: 9/13/2018
Microsystems Technology Office Office-wide Broad Agency Announcement
MTO
This announcement seeks revolutionary research ideas for topics not being addressed by ongoing MTO programs or other published solicitations.