Response date: 4/25/2018
Urban Reconnaissance through Supervised Autonomy (URSA) Proposers Day
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 Urban Reconnaissance through Supervised Autonomy (URSA) program in advance of a planned Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). DARPA also seeks to facilitate teaming by providing a forum for potential proposers to network.
Response date: 4/25/2018
Friend or Foe
The Friend or Foe (FoF) program will develop the capability to rapidly identify potential bacterial pathogens in complex environments through analysis of their behavior (i.e., their phenotype). New pathogens, both naturally occurring and adversary-engineered, are increasingly likely to emerge due to changes in the environment, rising global population, and the wide availability of genetic engineering tools to both state and non-state actors.
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0025: FAQ
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0025: Program and BAA Overview
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0025: Potential Transition Partners
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0025: Lightning Presentations
Response date: 4/26/2018
Disruption Opportunity Special Notice - Molecular Scaffold Design Collective (MSDC)
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is issuing a Disruption Opportunity (DO) Special Notice (SN) inviting submissions of innovative basic or applied research concepts in the technical domain of molecular scaffold design.
- DOWNLOAD DARPA-SN-18-47: FAQ
Response date: 4/26/2018
Biological Technologies Office-wide Broad Agency Announcement
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: 4/30/2018
Request for Information - Urban Sensing Technologies
This Request for Information from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Strategic Technology Office seeks ideas, methodologies, and approaches solely for information and planning purposes. Responses to this RFI will be used to potentially support the development of new DARPA programs that could enable improved urban sensing capabilities.
Response date: 4/30/2018
Request for Information - Cyber and Encryption Security National Security Space Systems and Low Earth Orbit Constellations
This Request for Information (RFI) 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 that will seek high-risk/high-payoff breakthroughs in all modalities of cybersecurity technologies with the identification and development of revolutionary new mission systems that will exploit them.
Response date: 4/30/2018
OFFensive Swarm Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) Amendment 2 - Swarm Sprints 2
The focus of this swarm sprint is on enabling improved swarm autonomy
through enhancements of swarm platforms and/or autonomy elements, with the
operational backdrop of utilizing a diverse swarm of 50 air and ground
robots to isolate an urban objective within an area of two square city
blocks over a mission duration of 15 to 30 minutes. Swarm Sprinters will
leverage existing or develop new hardware components, swarm algorithms,
and/or swarm primitives to enable novel capabilities that specifically
showcase the advantages of a swarm when leveraging and operating in complex
OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) (Video)
- DOWNLOAD HR001117S0011: DARPA - OFFSET Summary
- DOWNLOAD HR001117S0011: USMC - Future Force Design Plan
- DOWNLOAD HR001117S0011: TARDEC - Enabling MUM-T
- DOWNLOAD HR001117S0011: ARL - Distributed Collaborative Intelligence
- DOWNLOAD HR001117S0011: ONR - Science of Autonomy and Swarming
- DOWNLOAD HR001117S0011: FAQ
Response date: 4/30/2018
Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors (PALS)
DARPA seeks innovative proposals for new systems that employ natural or
engineered marine organisms as sensor elements to amplify signals related to
the presence, movement, and classification of manned or unmanned underwater
vehicles (M/UUV). The Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors (PALS) program will
leverage or develop living organisms as sensor transducers, and pair them
with a detector and analysis suite to produce deployable sensor systems able
to provide timely information on vehicle activity across a wide variety of
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0027: Overview
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0027: Teaming Profiles
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0027: Lightning Round Talks
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0027: Technical Program Overview
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0027: Posters
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0027: IV&V Guest Speaker Dave Jansing
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0027: Guest Speaker Dennis Danko
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0027: Guest Speaker Tim Schnoor
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0027: Dennis Danko (Audio)
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0027: Technical Approach (Audio)
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0027: FAQ
Response date: 5/3/2018
Epigenetic CHaracterization and Observation (ECHO)
The Epigenetic CHaracterization and Observation (ECHO) program will utilize an individual's epigenome to reveal their history of exposure to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and WMD precursors. The program will build a field-deployable platform capable of using the epigenome to diagnose biothreat exposures and infections and support military forensics operations to counter-WMD proliferation.
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0023: Program Overview
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0023: Danielle Clark
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0023: Christina Polyak
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0023: James Lawler
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0023: John Julias
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0023: Frederick Tyson
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0023: Peter Donaghue
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0023: SPAWAR Slides
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0023: Lightning Talks
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0023: FAQ
Response date: 5/10/2018
Operational Fires (OpFires) Propulsion System
The OpFires Propulsion System task will be a two-phased effort to design and develop innovative propulsion concepts and technologies enabling a novel ground-launched system for tactical weapons deployment.
Response date: 5/11/2018
DARPA Launch Challenge Competitors Day
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Tactical Technology Office (TTO) is sponsoring a Competitors Day to provide information to potential participants on the objectives of the DARPA Launch Challenge. The goal of the DARPA Launch Challenge is to incentivize the emerging industry of small launch providers who will be able to launch payloads to low earth orbit (LEO) to demonstrate capabilities that are both flexible (launch from anywhere) and responsive (launch at any time).
Response date: 5/22/2018
DARPA seeks novel approaches to reversibly pause and/or slow the functions and preserve viability of living cells without reliance on cold temperature. This new technology aims to directly address needs within the Department of Defense to maintain and deliver biological therapeutics and extend the window of time for effective use of field forward therapeutics.
- HR001118S0034: Tech Overview
- HR001118S0034: Doing Business with DARPA
- HR001118S0034: Responding to the BAA
- HR001118S0034: BAA Inbox and Submission
- HR001118S0034: Cost Proposal and Budget Template
- HR001118S0034: Animal Use
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0034: Proposers Day Slides
Response date: 5/31/2018
The Defense Sciences Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of advanced chemical and biological detector technologies to support a networked system of sensors for the detection, interdiction, and deterrence of clandestine weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0035: FAQ
Response date: 6/4/2018
Collection and Monitoring via Planning for Active Situational Scenarios (COMPASS)
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative proposals for the Collection and Monitoring via Planning for Active Situational Scenarios (COMPASS) program. COMPASS develops decision aids that drive probing actions designed to improve situational awareness and reduce the ambiguity of actors and objectives in gray zone environments.
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0022: Prosposers Day Slides
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0022: FAQ
Response date: 6/5/2018
Next-Generation Non-Surgical Neurotechnology (N^3)
DARPA seeks proposals to design, build, demonstrate, and validate a nonsurgical neural interface system to broaden the applicability of neural interfaces to the able-bodied warfighter. The final technology aims to enable neural recording and stimulation with sub-millimeter spatial resolution.
- HR001118S0029 Program Overview by Al Emondi (Video)
- HR001118S0029 BAA Overview by Peter Donaghue (Video)
- HR001118S0029 Instructions on Submitting a Proposal by David Swan (Video)
- HR001118S0029 Lightning Talks, Part 1 (Video)
- HR001118S0029 Lightning Talks, Part 2 (Video)
- HR001118S0029 Overview of the Contracting Process by Shannon Kasa (Video)
- HR001118S0029 Overview of the Budget Template by Jeanne Breeden (Video)
- HR001118S0029 Q&A and Closing Comments by Al Emondi (Video)
- HR001118S0029 Neurotechnology Ethics by Jim Giordano (Video)
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0029: FAQ
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0029: Program Overview
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0029: Risk Assessment Guest Speaker James Giordano
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0029: FDA IDE Guest Speaker Maureen Dreher
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0029: Attendees List
Response date: 6/6/2018
The Blackjack program will develop and demonstrate the critical technical
elements for building a global high-speed network backbone in low earth
orbit (LEO) that enables highly networked, resilient, and persistent DoD
payloads that provide over-the-horizon sensing, signals, and communications
to hold the ground, surface, and air domains in global constant custody. The
program is an architecture demonstration intending to show the high military
utility of global LEO constellations and mesh networks of low size, weight,
power, and cost (SWaP-C) payloads and commoditized satellite buses.
Response date: 6/11/2018
Defense Sciences Office (DSO) Office-wide
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
TTO Office-Wide Broad Agency Announcement (BAA): Innovative Systems for Military Missions
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 (Click on the YouTube logo for a larger version of the video):
Response date: 6/15/2018
Computers and Humans Exploring Software Security (CHESS)
DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals to develop techniques and systems that will substantially accelerate software vulnerability research (VR). The goal of the CHESS program is to develop computer/human systems to rapidly discover all classes of vulnerability in complex software.
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0040: CUI Guide
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0040: Proposers Day Contracting Slides
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0040: Proposers Day Slides
- DOWNLOAD HR001118S0040: Human Subject Research Info
Response date: 6/29/2018
Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites Technology Transfer Opportunity
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: 7/20/2018
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. DSO’s intent is to fund some of the research proposals resulting from this pilot program. As with other recent DARPA/DSO opportunity announcements, the intent of this program is to deliver research proposals that seek to investigate innovative approaches to enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.
Proposers Day Video
- DOWNLOAD DARPA-RA-18-01: FAQs
Response date: 8/31/2018
Information Innovation Office (I2O) Office-wide
I2O seeks unconventional approaches that are outside the mainstream, challenge accepted assumptions, and have the potential to radically change established practice. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems.
Response date: 9/13/2018
Microsystems Technology Office Office-wide Broad Agency Announcement
This announcement seeks revolutionary research ideas for topics not being addressed by ongoing MTO programs or other published solicitations.
- DOWNLOAD HR0011-16-S-0001: Proposers Day Slides
- DOWNLOAD HR0011-16-S-0001: FAQ
Response date: 9/21/2018
Strategic Technologies (STO) OFFICE-WIDE
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)
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.
- DOWNLOAD DARPA-PA-18-01: Q&A