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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: 4/22/2019
Competency-Aware Machine Learning (CAML)
DSO
The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of competency-awareness machine learning, whereby an autonomous system can self-assess its task competency and strategy and express both in a human-understandable form.
Response date: 4/25/2019
Biological Technologies
BTO
This announcement seeks revolutionary research ideas for topics not being addressed by ongoing BTO programs or other published solicitations.
Response date: 4/26/2019
Grounded Artificial Intelligence Language Acquisition (GAILA)
I2O
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is issuing an Artificial Intelligence Exploration (AIE) Opportunity, inviting submissions of innovative basic research concepts in the technical domain of human language technology, cognitive science, and language acquisition.
Response date: 5/1/2019
OFFENSIVE SWARM-ENABLED TACTICS (OFFSET) SWARM SPRINT 4
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 topics of interest for this amendment are (1) the creation and implementation of potential future synthetic technologies in OFFSET virtual environments to enable exploration of novel swarm tactics; and (2) the application of artificial intelligence methods to accelerate and aid the design of advanced swarm tactics that are robust in realistic operational settings.

Response date: 5/1/2019
Real Time Machine Learning (RTML)
MTO
A grand challenge in computing is the creation of a processor that can proactively interpret and learn from data in real-time, solve unfamiliar problems using what it has learned, and operate with the energy efficiency of the human brain.
Response date: 5/6/2019
Manta Ray Proposers Day
TTO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Tactical Technology Office (TTO) is sponsoring a Proposers Day to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of the Manta Ray program in advance of a planned Broad Agency Announcement (BAA).
Response date: 5/10/2019
Science of Artificial Intelligence and Learning for Open-world Novelty (SAIL-ON)
DSO
The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals for new AI methodologies and techniques that support (1) the principled characterization and generation of novelty in open worlds and (2) the creation of AI systems capable of operating appropriately and effectively in open worlds.
Response date: 5/17/2019
System of Systems Enhanced Small Units (SESU)
STO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) System of Systems Enhanced Small Units (SESU) program seeks to develop System of Systems (SoS) capabilities that could enable a small unit (~200-300 soldiers, corresponding materiel footprint, and limited rear-echelon support) to destroy, deceive, and/or disrupt the adversary's Anti-Access / Area Denial (A2/AD) capabilities in order to enable joint and coalition multi-domain operations at appropriate times and locations.
Response date: 5/17/2019
Artificial Social Intelligence for Successful Teams (ASIST)
I2O
DARPA is seeking revolutionary ideas that lead to rigorous and practical demonstrations of the feasibility and effectiveness of advances in machine social intelligence in a teaming context. ASIST envisions synthetic agents that observe their surroundings; build and maintain rich representations of the environment, team, and individuals; infer their teammates beliefs and goals (and other unobservable states); predict their actions and needs; and assist the team by planning interventions and executing them at appropriate times.
Response date: 5/20/2019
Automatic Implementation of Secure Silicon (AISS)
MTO
The DARPA Microsystems Technology Office is soliciting research to develop a novel design flow for digital integrated circuits that aims to protect advanced chips from known attack strategies. This shall be accomplished by streamlining inclusion of scalable defense mechanisms into an automated design process that maximizes architectural exploration of security versus other economic trade-offs, all while improving design productivity.
Response date: 5/28/2019
Operational Fires (OpFires) Phase 3 Proposers Day
TTO
The joint DARPA - U.S. Army OpFires program aims to develop and demonstrate a novel ground-launched system enabling advanced tactical weapons to penetrate modern enemy air defenses and rapidly and precisely engage critical time sensitive targets. OpFires is exploring the use of hypersonic payloads and innovative propulsion solutions to maximize the operational range envelope of the system while providing persistent standoff.
Response date: 5/28/2019
Polyplexus Pilot Topic Opportunity Notice - Human Learning (07)
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
Response date: 6/10/2019
Optimization with Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum devices (ONISQ)
DSO
The Defense Sciences Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals in support of the Optimization with Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum devices (ONISQ) program. The goal of the ONISQ program is to establish that Quantum Information Processing (QIP) using Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum (NISQ) devices has a quantitative advantage for solving real-world combinatorial optimization problems as compared with the best known classical methods.
Response date: 6/11/2019
TTO OFFICE-WIDE BROAD AGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT (BAA): Disruptive Capabilities for Future Warfare
TTO

The Tactical Technology Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is soliciting executive summaries, proposal abstracts and proposals for applied research, advanced technology development, and platform demonstrations that aim to enable disruptive capabilities for future warfare.

Please see the below video produced for and released as part of the 2018 TTO Virtual Proposers Day for the HR001118S0028 BAA (Click on the YouTube logo for a larger version of the video):

Response date: 6/11/2019
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. In support of this mission, the DSO Office-wide BAA invites proposers to submit innovative basic or applied research concepts that address one or more of the following technical domains: (1) Frontiers in Math, Computation and Design, (2) Limits of Sensing and Sensors, (3) Complex Social Systems, and (4) Anticipating Surprise.
Response date: 6/14/2019
Polyplexus Pilot Topic Opportunity Notice - Quantum Machine Learning (08)
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.
Response date: 7/20/2019
Program Announcement for Artificial Intelligence Exploration (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: 8/30/2019
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: 9/3/2019
PolyplexusPilot Announcement - Strategic Technological Surprise (06), Amendment 1
DSO
The purpose of this Special Notice (SN) 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: 9/3/2019
Polyplexus Pilot 2
DSO
The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking participants for a pilot program designed to utilize modern connectivity to rapidly develop promising basic research pathways and then efficiently develop basic research proposals.
Response date: 2/20/2020
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: 2/20/2020
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)
DIRO
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 is piloting 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: 6/26/2020
Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) Office-Wide
MTO
This announcement seeks revolutionary research ideas for topics not being addressed by ongoing MTO programs or other published solicitations.