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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 beta.SAM.gov 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: 6/2/2020
Cooperative Secure Learning (CSL)
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: 6/2/2020
Wideband Secure and Protected Emitter and Receiver (WiSPER)
MTO
DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals to develop wideband secure and protected radio interface technologies for future Radio Frequency (RF) systems. The WiSPER program will enable next-generation secure tactical radios. Please see BAA for instructions on requesting the BAA Unclassified//FOUO addendum for additional information.
Response date: 6/2/2020
Data Protection in Virtual Environments (DPRIVE)
MTO
DARPA is soliciting innovative research and development to reduce the computation run time of fully homomorphic encrypted computation through hardware acceleration. The goal of the DPRIVE program is to enable fully homomorphic encrypted computation to within one order of magnitude of the compute time of current unencrypted computation.
Response date: 6/4/2020
Detecting the Presence of Artificially Intelligent Systems (Topic 21)
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: 6/4/2020
Wideband Adaptive RF Protection (WARP)
MTO
DARPA seeks innovative proposals to develop wideband, adaptive RF filters and cancellers that selectively attenuate interference and protect wideband digital radios from saturation. When exposed to interference/self-interference, the filters and cancellers will automatically sense and adapt to the electromagnetic environment through the intelligent control of its adaptive hardware. WARP will ultimately enable the use of wideband software defined radios in congested and contested environments.
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: 6/15/2020
Torpedo Defense
TTO
This Request for Information (RFI) from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Tactical Technology Office seeks ideas, methodologies, and approaches regarding a layered defense capability for submarines against adversary torpedoes. The RFI is solely for information and planning purposes.
Response date: 6/17/2020
Discover DSO Day (D3) Special Notice
DSO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is sponsoring the Discover DSO Day (D3) event to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of the DSO Office-wide Broad Agency Announcement (BAA).
Response date: 6/17/2020
Invisible Headlights (IH)
DSO
The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of passive three-dimensional (3D) vision using ambient thermal emissions. 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: 6/18/2020
ADvanced Acclimation and Protection Tool for Environmental Readiness (ADAPTER)
BTO
While jet lag and traveler's diarrhea are inconveniences for an average traveler, they are critical challenges to operational readiness for a warfighter and can be the difference between mission success or failure. To maximize warfighter performance, the ADvanced Acclimation and Protection Tool for Environmental Readiness (ADAPTER) program will develop systems to provide warfighters with control over their own physiology. This program will integrate therapeutic cellular factories and biomolecules into an internal, bioelectronics carrier that the warfighter can signal, as needed, to initiate the production and release of therapies that either eliminate the principal cause of traveler's diarrhea - pathogenic bacteria - or regulate disrupted circadian rhythms caused by jetlag or shift work schedules
Response date: 6/19/2020
High Enthalpy Aperture Technology (HEAT)
DSO
The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of high performance radio frequency (RF) and infrared (IR) aperture materials for high enthalpy, high dynamic pressure applications. The High Enthalpy Aperture Technology (HEAT) program seeks to demonstrate new material approaches and solutions for RF and IR apertures on hypersonic platforms.
Response date: 6/23/2020
Joint All-Domain Warfighting Software (JAWS)
ACO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing a theater-wide, Joint All-domain Warfighting Software (JAWS) suite that will support battle management with dynamic command and control from the theater level with tactical coordination to accomplish goals of target custody and mission kills.
Response date: 6/23/2020
Air Space Total Awareness for Rapid Tactical Execution (ASTARTE)
STO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Air Space Total Awareness for Rapid Tactical Execution (ASTARTE) program seeks to provide real-time, low-risk joint de-confliction between airspace users and joint fires at an Army Division-level to enable responsive support to tactical units and build a resilient air picture in an Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) environment while conducting Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) operations. ASTARTE will develop a virtual and live testbed for airspace management systems, a series of algorithms for airspace planning and operations, and a sensor network for delivering real-time spatial and temporal tracking of airborne platforms.
Response date: 6/29/2020
SBIR Opportunity: Compact Modular Detector for Water and Food Contaminants
SBPO
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 Chemical/Biological Defense and Human Systems. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of a Compact Modular Detector for Water and Food Contaminants.
Response date: 6/29/2020
SBIR Opportunity: Near-Term Forecasting of Nonstationary Dynamic Processes
SBPO
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 Biomedical, Information Systems. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of Near-Term Forecasting of Nonstationary Dynamic Processes.
Response date: 6/29/2020
Organizational Modeling
SBPO
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 Information Systems. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of Organizational Modeling.
Response date: 6/29/2020
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Flexible Manufacturing of Fine Chemical Reagents
SBPO
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 Biomedical, Chemical/Biological Defense, Materials/Processes. The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) of the National Institutes of Health is a partner agency on this SBIR. DARPA and NCATS are interested in exploring the feasibility of developing U.S.-based manufacturing capabilities for critical fine chemical reagents. DARPA is most interested in approaches that flexibly address fine chemical manufacturing across a variety of products that includes pharmaceuticals; NCATS is most interested in approaches that specifically address fine chemical manufacturing for pharmaceutical products.
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: 7/29/2020
Demonstration Rocket for Agile Cislunar Operations
TTO
The DRACO program seeks to demonstrate a nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) system on orbit. This funding opportunity is for Phase 1 of the program, which is anticipated to last 18 months and consist of two tracks.
| Space |
Response date: 7/31/2020
Program Announcement for 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: 8/30/2020
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: 9/30/2020
Cyberspace Operations and Information Operations Research and Development (COIO R&D)
I2O
The DARPA Information Innovation Office (I2O) requests information on potential performers for classified COIO R&D. Specifically, this RFI seeks information on potential performers who have the capability to rapidly develop state-of-the-art COIO technologies responsive to current and emerging cyber threats.
| Cyber |
Response date: 10/1/2020
Modeling and Prediction of Complex Dynamical Events (Topic 23)
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. 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: 12/31/2020
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 has implemented 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: 3/1/2021
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: 4/14/2021
Adaptive Warfighting Architectures
ACO
The Adaptive Capabilities Office (ACO), working in close partnership with the military services, develops adaptive warfighting architectures that combine emerging technologies with new warfighting constructs to address the challenges faced by military forces in contested environments.
Response date: 4/22/2021
Biological Technologies
BTO
This announcement seeks revolutionary research ideas for topics not being addressed by ongoing BTO programs or other published solicitations.
Response date: 5/13/2021
Disruptioneering
DSO
The mission of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is to make strategic, early investments in science and technology that will have long-term positive impact on our nation’s 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.
Response date: 3/13/2022
Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) Office-wide
MTO
This announcement seeks revolutionary research ideas for topics not being addressed by ongoing DARPA MTO programs or other published solicitations.