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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: 8/23/2019
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Composable Embedded Software
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: software composability, virtual machines, software-defined networks, machine learning, and unmanned platforms. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of Composable Embedded Software.
Response date: 8/29/2019
Timely Information for Maritime Engagements (TIMEly)
STO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative proposals in maritime communications with an emphasis on undersea and cross-domain (above sea to below sea and vice versa) communications. 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: 8/30/2019
Request for Information (RFI) - Directly computable physics models (CompMods)
DSO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is requesting information on state-of-the-art approaches to generate multi-physics modeling and simulation codes directly from a description of the physical phenomena. Of interest are modeling and simulating increasingly complex systems involving multiple physics that require high fidelity simulations but have limited test data (e.g., combustion, hypersonics, nuclear stockpile).
Response date: 8/30/2019
Underground Experimentation Request for Information
TTO
This Request for Information from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Tactical Technology Office seeks information on university-owned or commercially managed underground urban tunnels and facilities that may be available to support research and experimentation associated with ongoing and future research initiatives.
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: 9/2/2019
Polyplexus Pilot Topic Opportunity Notice for Emergent Polyplexus Topic (11)
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: 9/3/2019
Nature as Computer (NAC)
DSO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is issuing a Disruption Opportunity (DO) inviting submissions of innovative basic or applied research concepts in the technical domain of alternative computing.
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: 9/3/2019
Polyplexus Pilot Topic Opportunity Notice - Microgravity Chemical Theory (10)
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: 9/3/2019
Polyplexus Pilot Topic Opportunity Notice for Theory of Complexity (12)
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: 9/6/2019
Gamma Ray Inspection Technology (GRIT)
DSO
The Gamma Ray Inspection Technology (GRIT) program seeks transformational approaches to achieving high intensity, tunable, and narrow-bandwidth gamma-ray production, in a compact form factor suitable for transporting the source to where the capability is needed. Such sources have the potential to help discover smuggled nuclear materials in cargo, provide new non-destructive inspection techniques at various scales, and enable new medical diagnostics and therapies.
Response date: 9/10/2019
Intent-Defined Adaptive Software (IDAS)
I2O
DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of automating the evaluation of software assurance evidence to enable certifiers to rapidly determine that the system risk is acceptable. 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: 9/12/2019
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Expeditionary Maritime Mine Countermeasures
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 Expeditionary Maritime Mine Countermeasures. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of miniaturizing mine influence sweeping effectors to be carried on expendable unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs).
Response date: 9/12/2019
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Novel Interfaces
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 Human Systems. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of low size, weight, and power (SWaP), hands-free interfaces for rapid information consumption.
Response date: 9/20/2019
Securing Information for Encrypted Verification and Evaluation (SIEVE)
I2O
DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of zero-knowledge proofs for complex, DoD-relevant capabilities. 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: 10/1/2019
Pecan
BTO
DARPA seeks expertise in synthetic biology and biochemistry of microbial communities.
Response date: 10/7/2019
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: 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).
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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)
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 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: 3/18/2020
Program Announcement for Disruptioneering
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. As part of this mission, DARPA makes high-risk, high-reward investments in science and technology that have the potential to disrupt current understanding and/or approaches. The pace of discovery in both science and technology is accelerating worldwide, resulting in new fields of study and the identification of scientific areas ripe for disruption.
Response date: 4/23/2020
Biological Technologies
BTO
This announcement seeks revolutionary research ideas for topics not being addressed by ongoing BTO programs or other published solicitations.
Response date: 6/11/2020
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.
Response date: 6/12/2020
DSO Office-wide Broad Agency Announcement
DSO
The mission of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is to identify and create the next generation of scientific discovery by pursuing high-risk, high-payoff research initiatives across a broad spectrum of science and engineering disciplines and transforming these initiatives into disruptive technologies for U.S. national security.
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.
Response date: 7/2/2020
PolyplexusPilot 3
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 leading to basic research proposals. DSO's intent is to fund research proposals resulting from this pilot program.
Response date: 7/10/2020
Microsystems Exploration
MTO
MTO seeks to develop high-risk, high-reward technologies that enable revolutionary advances in materials, devices, and systems and continue DARPA's mission of creating and preventing strategic surprise. In order to capitalize rapidly on new opportunities, DARPA announces the Microsystems Exploration program which calls for faster responses with smaller, targeted investments. Microsystems Exploration awards will be made within 90 days of each Microsystems Exploration topic (μE) announcement.
Response date: 7/10/2020
Microsystems Exploration Research Area Announcement
MTO
The purpose of this Special Notice (SN) is to provide public notification of research areas of initial interest to the Microsystems Technology Office, specifically the Microsystems Exploration program. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) seeks to develop high-risk, high-reward technologies that enable revolutionary advances in materials, devices, and systems and continue DARPA’s mission of creating and preventing strategic surprise.