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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: 10/10/2019
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Ultrathin Dielectric Elastomer Fibers for Actuation
MTO
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 Materials/Processes and Sensors, Electronics, and Electronic Warfare. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of Ultrathin Dielectric Elastomer Fibers for Actuation.
Response date: 10/15/2019
Symbiotic Design for Cyber Physical Systems
I2O
DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of AI-based approaches for design of military-relevant cyber-physical systems (CPS). Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems
Response date: 10/18/2019
FOcal arrays for Curved Infrared Imagers (FOCII)
MTO
DARPA MTO is soliciting research and development proposals for the FOcal arrays for Curved Infrared Imagers (FOCII) program to 1) curve existing state of the art large area (= 55mm diagonal), high resolution, state of the art cryogenically cooled mid- and/or longwave infrared focal plane arrays to a spherical radius of curvature of 70mm, and 2) curve smaller arrays (35mm diagonal) to an extreme 12.5mm spherical radius of curvature.
Response date: 10/21/2019
Nucleic Acids On-Demand Worldwide (NOW) Proposers Day
BTO
The Biological Technologies Office (BTO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is sponsoring a Proposers Day for the planned proposer community in support of the Nucleic Acids On-Demand Worldwide (NOW) program. The Proposers Day will be held on October 28, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM ET at the Executive Conference Center (4075 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22203). Advanced registration is required. The goal of the NOW program is to develop a mobile medical countermeasure (MCM) manufacturing platform for use in stabilization and humanitarian operations to rapidly produce, formulate, and package hundreds of doses of nucleic acid therapeutics (DNA and/or RNA).
Response date: 10/28/2019
Providence Proposers Day
STO
The purpose of this Proposers Day is to provide information on the Providence program; promote additional discussion on this topic; address questions from potential proposers; and, provide a forum for potential proposers to present their capabilities for teaming opportunities. Advanced registration is required.
| EW | Interface | ISR |
Response date: 10/28/2019
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Holistic Object Tracking
STO
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 sensors, machine learning, and computer vision. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of Holistic Object Tracking.
Response date: 10/28/2019
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Patterned, Responsive Cellular Therapies Using Novel Mammalian Cellular Regulator Systems
BTO
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 of Biomedical Technology. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of Patterned, Responsive Cellular Therapies Using Novel Mammalian Cellular Regulator Systems.
Response date: 10/28/2019
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Sparse Information Orbit Estimation for Proliferated LEO
TTO
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 Space Platforms and Sensors. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of Sparse Information Orbit Estimation for Proliferated LEO.
Response date: 10/28/2019
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Self-Reconfigurable Modular Ground Robots
TTO
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 of self-reconfigurable modular robotics. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of small ground robots that can autonomously reconfigure without human intervention to enable operation in unknown, complex environments in support of off-road delivery tasks.
Response date: 10/28/2019
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Fabrication and Testing of Large Aperture Achromatic Visible Metalens for Imaging Applications
TTO
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 metamaterial lenses, or “metalenses”, either standalone, or integrated with bulk optics to reduce size, weight, and power (SWaP) of large optical systems. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of developing fast (f/2 or faster) metalenses operating throughout the visible spectrum (400-700 nm). DARPA is interested in technologies that can scale up to >10 centimeters while still maintaining the performance expected from comparable high quality imaging systems with similar apertures.
Response date: 10/29/2019
Focused Pharma
BTO
Military service members and veterans face serious occupational trauma; one element in particular relates to the significantly increased risk of acute and chronic neuropsychiatric conditions. Neuropsychiatric conditions in the military are particularly impactful because options for treating them are limited. No therapy currently exists that can deliver rapid relief of neuropsychiatric symptoms and is reasonable for use in a broad spectrum of conditions. Neuropsychiatric conditions are complex, and presentation is highly subject to significant inter-individual variability. Focused Pharma aims to develop new drugs that target specific neurotransmitter receptor signaling modes to deliver near immediate relief that is generalizable across indications and individuals.
Response date: 11/5/2019
ReSource
BTO
The goal of the ReSource program is to provide the military with an integrated system to convert plastics, and other energy-dense waste, into food and other strategic chemicals. Developed technologies should function in austere environments to extend long-term missions by engaging single-use wastes and scavenged materials as feedstock, consequently decreasing the logistic burdens and risks associated with delivery of supplies.
Response date: 11/7/2019
Military Tactical Means (MTM)
STO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative proposals in the areas of multi-mode electro-optics (EO), sensors, and exploitation techniques capable of performing wide-area search to detect high-value targets in order to task engagement systems to close effects-chains. 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: 11/8/2019
CRANE - Control of Revolutionary Aircraft with Novel Effectors
TTO
CRANE will design, build, and flight test an X-Plane that incorporates Active Flow Control (AFC) as a primary design consideration. This BAA seeks full proposals for Phase 0 and a fully priced option for Phase 1. Phase 0 focuses on the aircraft design process and trade space development via the exploration of multiple configurations by each performer and concluding with a Conceptual Design Review (CoDR).
| Air | Unmanned |
Response date: 11/12/2019
OFFensive Swarm Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) Sprint 5
TTO
The goal of OFFSET Swarm Sprints is to create focused breakthroughs in swarm technologies to be integrated into the OFFSET Swarm Systems Architecture.
Response date: 11/12/2019
Polyplexus Pilot Topic Opportunity Notice for Hardware Trojan Identification (Topic 14)
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: 11/15/2019
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Precision Time Transfer and Ranging via Tactical Radios
STO
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 precision time transfer and ranging using existing military communication links. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of leveraging existing military communication links to synchronize time between platforms to within five nanoseconds (ns) and determine range between platforms to within 5 centimeters (cm).
Response date: 11/15/2019
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Variable Speed and Energy Efficient Depth Changing Buoys
STO
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 Battle Management, Command and Control; Communications and Networks; Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, Maritime Sensors. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of a long lasting, deep water, depth changing buoy or glider.
Response date: 11/15/2019
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Distributed, Secure, and Trusted Processing for Heterogeneous Swarms of Autonomous Vehicles
STO
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 Trusted and Secure Computing, Autonomous Vehicles, and Swarm Technologies. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of distributed, secure, and trusted processing for heterogeneous swarms of autonomous vehicles.
Response date: 11/15/2019
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Radio Frequency (RF) Multipath Characterization & Transmitter Localization of Overwater Emitters
STO
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 RF tomography and multipath characterization. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of RF Multipath Characterization and Transmitter Localization of Overwater Emitters.
Response date: 11/19/2019
Young Faculty Award (YFA)
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.
Response date: 11/20/2019
Assured Micropatching (AMP)
I2O
DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of creating targeted security binary patches (micropatches) to repair legacy binaries of mission-critical systems, with strong guarantees that the patch will not impact the functions of the system. 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: 11/21/2019
Semantic Forensics (SemaFor)
I2O
The Semantic Forensics (SemaFor) program will develop technologies to automatically detect, attribute, and characterize falsified multi-modal media assets (text, audio, image, video) to defend against large-scale, automated disinformation attacks.
Response date: 12/19/2019
Pecan
BTO
DARPA seeks expertise in synthetic biology and biochemistry of microbial communities.
Response date: 1/7/2020
Providence
STO
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative proposals in the following technical areas: naval surface warfare, electronic warfare (EW), battlespace surveillance, machine learning, intelligent systems, and ultra-wideband receiving. 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.
| EW | Interface | ISR |
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: 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: 4/23/2020
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: 7/10/2020
Microsystems Exploration Research Area Announcement
MTO
The purpose of this Special Notice (SN) is to provide public notification of research areas of initial interest to the Microsystems Technology Office, specifically the Microsystems Exploration program. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Microsystems Technology Office (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.
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 |