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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: 1/22/2020
Bridging the Gap Plus (BGPlus)
BTO
The Bridging the Gap Plus (BG+) program will develop new approaches to treating spinal cord injury by developing systems that address acute injury stabilization regenerative therapy as well as chronic functional restoration.
Response date: 1/28/2020
Coho
STO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative proposals in the area of advanced signal processing technologies and techniques future Radio Frequency (RF) systems. 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: 1/31/2020
Signal Processing in Neural Networks (SPiNN)
MTO
The Signal Processing in Neural Networks (SPiNN) program will develop a new set of advanced neural network (NN) computing kernels, which embed established physics-based mathematical digital signal processing (DSP) models
Response date: 1/31/2020
Underwater Virtual Testbed Services
TTO
The Department of Defense (DoD) Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) seeks market research information for potential contractor support in the area of simulation software for the DARPA Angler program. See attached Sources Sought notice for further details.
Response date: 2/4/2020
Applications for a 3D Monolithic System-on-a-Chip RFI
MTO
This Request for Information (RFI) from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) seeks information on applications for revolutionary microsystems or integrated circuits which will be realized by 3D monolithic system-on-a-chip (3DSoC) technology.
Response date: 2/6/2020
Wideband Adaptive RF Protection (WARP) Proposers Day
MTO
The purpose of this meeting is to provide information on the WARP program, promote additional discussion on this topic, address questions from potential proposers, and provide an opportunity for potential proposers to share their capabilities and ideas for teaming arrangements. HR001120S0027 is expected to be released prior to the Proposers Day.
Response date: 2/6/2020
Wideband Adaptive RF Protection (WARP) Proposers Day
MTO
The purpose of this meeting is to provide information on the WARP program, promote additional discussion on this topic, address questions from potential proposers, and provide an opportunity for potential proposers to share their capabilities and ideas for teaming arrangements. HR001120S0027 is expected to be released prior to the Proposers Day.
Response date: 2/7/2020
Lasers for Universal Microscale Optical Systems (LUMOS)
MTO
The DARPA Microsystems Technology Office is soliciting innovative research proposals to develop heterogeneous photonic integrated circuit platforms that incorporate on-chip optical gain for disruptive optical microsystems.
Response date: 2/13/2020
Computable Models (CompMods)
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 multi-physics simulation.
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: 2/20/2020
Sea Train
TTO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Tactical Technology Office (TTO) seeks to enable extended transoceanic transit and long range naval operations by exploiting the efficiencies of a system of connected vessels (Sea Train). The Sea Train will demonstrate long range deployment capabilities for a distributed fleet of tactical Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs).
Response date: 2/20/2020
Personalized Protective Biosystem (PPB)
BTO
The Personalized Protective Biosystem (PPB) program will develop an integrated ensemble that simultaneously reduces protective equipment needs while increasing protection for the individual against existing and future chemical and biological (CB) threats. The capability to provide unburdened CB protection will maximize time on target for the warfighter and the stability operator, provide operational flexibility, extend mission duration, and enable military operations in austere environments regardless of the threat. PPB will consist of lightweight materials that protect the warfighter from exposure to any CB threat while simultaneously providing a second layer of protection, at the tissue barrier, with bio-molecular, commensal organisms, or other technologies that protect the skin, eyes, and airway from CB threats. PPB will improve mission execution by solving the current ("state of the art") protective equipment limitations, including threat-specific vulnerabilities, thermal/logistical burdens, exposure risks during equipment removal/decontamination, and on-demand availability during unexpected threat situations.
Response date: 2/25/2020
Detect It with Gene Editing Technologies (DIGET)
BTO
The goal of the DIGET program is to leverage advances in gene editing technologies to develop low-cost, high-trust, sensitive, multiplexed, rapidly reconfigurable, and fieldable diagnostics and biosurveillance technologies to address the need for timely and comprehensive threat detection surveillance to support Department of Defense (DoD) stabilization missions and outpace infectious disease.
Response date: 2/25/2020
Ocean of Things Phase 2, Technical Area 1
STO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative proposals for the second phase of a two-phase program to design, develop, and manufacture low-cost, persistent maritime floats that sense and report relevant data from the physical and operational environment. The program, Ocean of Things, is a vital part of the Mosaic Warfare end-state vision. Proposed solutions should develop innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems and innovative approaches to apply existing technology not previously applied to the maritime domain. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.
Response date: 3/12/2020
Atmospheric Water Extraction (AWE)
BTO
The goal of the AWE program is to enable water extraction from the atmosphere to produce a low-powered system with two form-factors: one capable of providing potable water for expeditionary forces (daily output sufficient for the individual warfighter), and another for stabilization missions (daily output to supply ~150 people).
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: 4/15/2020
Polyplexus Pilot Topic Opportunity Notice for Quantum Causality (Topic 18)
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: 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: 7/31/2020
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.
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