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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: 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: 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.
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
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.