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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: 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: 1/15/2019
Materials, Architectures and Characterization for Hypersonics (MACH)
DSO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is sponsoring a Proposers Day to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of an anticipated Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the Materials, Architectures and Characterization for Hypersonics (MACH) program.
Response date: 1/16/2019
Guaranteed Architecture for Physical Security (GAPS) Proposers Day
MTO
DARPA will host a Proposers Day in support of Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) HR001119S0017, the Guaranteed Architectures for Physical Security (GAPS) program, on January 23, 2019 at DARPA from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM.
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: 2/4/2019
Microscale Bio-mimetic Robust Artificial Intelligence Networks (µBRAIN)
DSO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is issuing an Artificial Intelligence Exploration (AIE) opportunity inviting submissions of innovative basic research concepts exploring new computational frameworks and strategies drawn from the impressive computational capabilities of very small flying insects for whom evolutionary pressures have forced scale/size/energy reduction without loss of performance.
Response date: 2/13/2019
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: 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: 2/20/2019
Artificial Intelligence Colloquium
DSO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will host an Artificial Intelligence Colloquium (AIC) to inform the public of the range of DARPA research programs focused on advancing the state of the art in Artificial Intelligence (AI), as part of DARPA's AI Next effort.
Response date: 2/22/2019
Panacea
BTO
Human physiology is a limiting factor in the operational readiness of the United States Department of Defense. When the human body is damaged or a physiological system is not functioning optimally, interventions are required to help mend the injury or support continued performance. DARPA seeks to develop new technological approaches in medicinal chemistry and systems pharmacology to expand the druggable proteome and discover new therapeutic tools in the areas of soft tissue pain/inflammation and metabolic stress that limit optimal physiological function.. This new platform technology will directly address needs within the Department of Defense to support the unique physiological demands of the warfighter and provide proof-of-concept for novel drug discovery and development pipelines.
Response date: 2/27/2019
Knowledge-directed Artificial Intelligence Reasoning Over Schemas (KAIROS)
I2O

DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of creation of a schema-based artificial intelligence capability to enable contextual and temporal reasoning about complex real-world events in order to generate actionable understanding of these events and predict how they will unfold. 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.

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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: 3/12/2019
Technologies for Mixed-mode Ultra Scaled Integrated Circuits (T-MUSIC)
MTO
The DARPA Microsystems Technology Office is soliciting research proposals for the development of advanced RF mixed-mode foundry processes, building blocks, and novel high frequency mixed-mode devices on a CMOS fabrication platform. It is expected that such advances will enable new DoD applications including high capacity, robust communications, radars, and precision sensors.
Response date: 3/22/2019
Angler
TTO
Multiple performers will develop an autonomous undersea robot capable of transiting large distances and physically manipulating objects on the seabed with no communications or human intervention. Key aspects of the Angler program are classified. Only proposals addressing the classified aspects of Angler will be eligible for funding under this BAA. DARPA seeks proposals that present a credible path to a low cost, rapid demonstration of program objectives.
Response date: 3/22/2019
Guaranteed Architecture for Physical Security (GAPS)
MTO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of developing hardware and software architectures with physically provable guarantees to isolate high risk transactions and to enable systems with multilevel data security assertions.
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.