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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: 11/12/2018
ACT-IV PUCK APERTURE Request for Information (RFI)
MTO
This Request for Information from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) seeks information on phased array aperture design and fabrication methods that reduce Non-recurring Engineering (NRE) costs and enable the DoD to realize the full impact and performance of reconfigurable, programmable, and software defined functionality of hardware assets.
Response date: 11/13/2018
Young Faculty Award
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. In particular, this YFA will provide high-impact funding to elite researchers early in their careers to develop innovative new research directions in the context of enabling transformative DoD capabilities.
Response date: 11/13/2018
Assembly and Integration of Secure SoCs Request for Information (RFI)
MTO
This Request for Information (RFI) from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) seeks information on technology, concepts, and approaches to support the integration of security capabilities directly into System on Chip (SoC) system design and to enable the autonomous integration and assembly of SoCs.
Response date: 11/13/2018
OFFensive Swarm Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) Amendment 3
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 design, development, and demonstration of new approaches for human-swarm interactions and/or new human-swarm interface technologies; and (2) the innovation and integration of novel swarm tactics relevant to OFFSET Vignette 2.

OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) (Video)
Response date: 11/19/2018
THEIA Planar Optics Demonstration - Request for Information
TTO
This Request for Information from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Tactical Technology Office seeks ideas, methodologies, and approaches solely for information and planning purposes. Responses to this RFI may be used to support potential new DARPA programs seeking novel materials and/or optics approaches to demonstrate large, planar optical systems.
Response date: 11/27/2018
Request for Information - Highly-Networked Dissemination of Relevant Data (3HNDRED)
TTO
This Request for Information from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Tactical Technology Office seeks technologies, methodologies, and approaches solely for information and planning purposes. Responses to this RFI may be used to support a potential new DARPA program focused on demonstration of collaborative autonomy, including processing and disseminating actionable information to ground troops to enable efficient assembly, coordination, movement, and maneuver on enemy forces.
Response date: 12/12/2018
Strategic Technologies (STO) OFFICE-WIDE
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: 12/18/2018
Machine Common Sense (MCS)
I2O
DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of machine common sense to enable Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications to understand new situations, monitor the reasonableness of their actions, communicate more effectively with people, and transfer learning to new domains.
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Response date: 12/21/2018
Glide Breaker
TTO
Glide Breaker will develop an enabling technology critical for an advanced interceptor capable of defeating hypersonic vehicles. Key aspects of the Glide Breaker program are classified. Only proposals addressing the classified aspects of Glide Breaker will be eligible for funding under this BAA.
Response date: 1/11/2019
SIGMA+ Network and Analytics
DSO
The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the areas of: automated and sensor fused data analytics, network infrastructure and system integration, and interfaces and interoperability to support a networked system for the detection, interdiction, and deterrence of clandestine weapons of mass destruction (WMD) activities.
Response date: 1/14/2019
Accelerated Molecular Discovery (AMD)
DSO
The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of autonomous molecular design to accelerate the discovery, validation and optimization of new, high-performance molecules for Department of Defense (DoD) needs.
Response date: 1/17/2019
Photonics in the Package for Extreme Scalability (PIPES)
MTO
The DARPA Microsystems Technology Office is soliciting research proposals for the development of package-level optical signaling technologies for advanced microelectronic systems to enable disruptive performance scaling through parallelism.
Response date: 2/20/2019
Program Announcement for Disruptioneering (Defense Sciences Office)
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: 3/12/2019
Systematizing Confidence in Open Research and Evidence (SCORE)
DSO
The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals for the development and deployment of automated tools to assign Confidence Scores (CSs) to different kinds of Social and Behavioral Science (SBS) research results and claims. CSs are quantitative measures that should enable someone to understand the degree to which a particular claim or result is likely to be reproducible and/or replicable.
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: 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: 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
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: 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.