DARPA announces call for research aimed at ‘revolutionary advances’

DARPA's prosthetic LUKE arm gets a fist bump at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in December 2016. (DARPA.mil)


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The Defense Sciences Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced open submissions for new awards for innovative research.

Proposals “must investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances,” according to the June 12 announcement. Technologies that primarily offer improvements to pre-existing practices will not be considered.

While proposal opportunities from DARPA are often more specific in scope, the agency opened this call to a broad range of topics.

The office is interested in basic or applied research in the areas of physical and natural systems; human-machine and social systems; and math and computational systems. Proposals should focus on one or more technical domains, including complexity engineering, the science of design, the noosphere and what the agency labels as “fundamental limits” and “new foundations.”

DARPA anticipates multiple awards, but the level of funding is not predetermined. Awards may include procurement contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, purchase orders and other transactions.

Executive summaries are due by April 26, 2018, and full proposals must be submitted by June 11, 2018.

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