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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: 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: 5/26/2020
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Seabed Simulation Synthesis
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 Ground/Sea Vehicles, Sensors. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of Seabed Simulation Synthesis (“S3”).
Response date: 5/26/2020
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Wearable Laser Detection and Alert System
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 Battle Space, Electronics, Sensors. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of a wearable laser sensor that can rapidly detect laser irradiation day and night and rapidly alert the wearer of lasing. A desirable system would have low SWaP (size, weight, and power), act as a stand-alone sensor, and be used as a wearable sensor. The system must have very low weight and volume; detect and alert of lasing in real time; and detect laser illumination over the visible to shortwave infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum (450-1600 nm target wave band). The system goal is for the wearable detection system to be 100 grams (g) or less and be powered by a rechargeable Conformal Wearable Battery, or CWB, that is less than 1.5 kg (to include wires and connectors) and can power the system for 72-hours of continuous operations. The wearable system must be comfortable to wear and be easily integrated into existing military use headgear.
Response date: 5/26/2020
SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Open Source Wide Band Software Defined Acoustic Modem
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 Battle Space, Ground/Sea Vehicles. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of an Open Source Wide Band Software Defined Acoustic Modem.
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.