The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) has released the Amon-Hen BAA, IARPA-BAA-17-02. The Amon-Hen program seeks innovative, low-cost approaches for passive, ground-based interferometric imaging of GEO satellites.
“The Intelligence Community (IC) needs to ensure Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and monitor the operational status of US Government satellites in geosynchronous earth orbit (GEO). Capabilities that enhance our ability to visually monitor these satellites, particularly through passive, ground-based observation, will help address this need. These capabilities become more relevant as the total number of GEO satellites and the number of related objects (like spent fuel tanks and other debris) continue to grow and as existing GEO satellites approach the end of their operational lifetimes.
The IARPA Amon-Hen program seeks novel interferometric approaches that enable the development of low-cost imaging systems (overall system cost reductions of greater than one order of magnitude) without significantly impacting other performance capabilities when compared to existing designs.
The Amon-Hen program is envisioned as a 33-month effort that is intended to begin by March 2018. Phase 1 will last for a period of 15 months and will focus on the development of component technologies, the development of physics-based system modeling capabilities, and the development of image reconstruction algorithms. Phase 2 will be 18 months and will focus on further maturation of component technologies and subsystems to bread board capabilities enabling an end-of-phase, open sky measurement. Following the conclusion of Phase 1, down selection is possible for a variety of reasons including but not limited to underperformance. Program progress will be periodically assessed to justify program continuation. Successful completion of Phase 2 efforts may result in an additional funding opportunity to advance the results of Phase 2 to a full demonstration. The actual goals and metrics for this potential full demonstration effort will be determined at that time.”
Multiple awards are anticipated. Proposals are due August 11, 2017. Merrick DeWitt is the Program Manager.
The Office of Naval Research has released a BAA on Electronic Warfare Technology, BAA number N00014-17-S-B008. The goal of Electronic Warfare (EW) is to control the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) by exploiting, deceiving, or denying enemy use of the spectrum while ensuring its use by friendly forces.
ONR Code 312 Electronic Warfare (312EW) seeks proposals to develop and demonstrate technologies for the next generation systems in electronic warfare. The following research areas are of interest:
- Subsystem Demonstrator for EO/IR Beam Steering at Multiple Wavelengths
- Intelligent EW Subsystem Demonstrator (SSD)
- Networked EW Concepts
- Innovative Counter Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C-ISR) Concepts
- Innovative EW Concepts
White papers are due February 21, 2017 and full proposals are due February 21, 2017.
DARPA Tactical Technology Office (TOO) has released the Consortium For Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations (CONFERS) BAA, number HR001117S0006. the CONFERS BAA is a “solicitation for research to develop non-binding, consensus-based operational safety standards related to rendezvous and proximity operations (RPO) and on-orbit satellite servicing, executed through a collaborative private sector/Government consortium led by an experienced administrator or “Secretariat.” The awardee will establish and manage a consortium, to include both private sector and government technical experts. CONFERS will leverage experience and best practices from both the private sector and Government and will make their published standards publicly available.
The Secretariat is responsible for leading the development and publication of non-binding, consensus-based operational safety standards related to RPO and servicing. The Secretariat will research current state-of-the art practices conducted across the private sector and Government, primarily through interaction with subject matter experts serving as CONFERS members. The Secretariat will synthesize the resulting research and collaboration efforts into clearly written operational safety standards. To that end, the Secretariat will identify, hire, and manage an existing qualified Standards Development Organization to codify and publish the standards developed by CONFERS. The SDO does not have to be specifically identified at the time of proposal, but options should be presented with pros and cons.
The Secretariat will also manage CONFERS as a forum where both private sector and U.S. Government technical experts from multiple relevant entities can discuss plans and issues for anticipated on-orbit servicing in the commercial sector.
The total amount anticipated to be awarded is $2.8M, with $800K for the first year/base period and $2M spread over the four next option periods. It is anticipated that thee will be a single award. There was a Proposers Day on December 16, 2016. Proposals are due February 6, 2017.
DARPA Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) has released the Efficient Ultra-Compact Laser Integrated Devices (EUCLID) BAA, number HR001117S0013. The EUCLID program is soliciting research proposals for the development of highly efficient, ultra-compact, fiber-coupled laser diode modules suitable for pumping high power fiber lasers.
“High-energy laser (HEL) technology is of interest to the Military Services for its potential to provide new and enhanced capabilities such as silent engagement, deep magazine, scalable effects, and reduced logistics burdens. Until recently, these systems have been too large and heavy to be widely deployed on military platforms.
The laser diode pump modules (DPMs) which power the fiber laser amplifiers are presently a significant driver of system-level SWaP. Low module efficiency increases demand on the power system and the amount of waste heat that the thermal management system must dissipate. Because many modules are needed to power a single fiber amplifier, low packing density of the modules leads to a larger integrating structure and more electrical, cooling, and optical overhead. However, primary development drivers to date have been commercial market priorities, continuous operation for long time periods and long life rather than low size/weight and high efficiency. As a result, there is opportunity for significant size and weight reduction while increasing electrical-to-optical efficiency of DPMs.
The Efficient, Ultra-Compact, Laser-Integrated Diodes (EUCLID) program seeks to drive down the size and weight of diode pump module (DPM) technology while increasing electrical-to-optical efficiency and optimizing modules for dense packaging. To enable significant further near-term reduction in the SWaP of fiber laser arrays, the EUCLID BAA seeks proposals to develop and demonstrate DPMs consistent with SWaP, efficiency, and system compatibility metrics. Desired DPMs would be capable of being densely packaged with other identical modules in a configuration consistent with integration into line-replaceable high-power fiber amplifier assemblies. DPM output power of ≥ 650 W is desired to minimize packaging and overall system SWaP. The outputs of such modules, when combined, should also allow for efficiently pumping as wide a range of high power fiber amplifier output powers (between 1 kW and 3 KW) as possible. This would provide the flexibility to optimally tailor the array size and output power for various DoD HEL applications.”
Proposals are due February 15, 2017. The program manager is Dr. Joseph Mangano.
DARPA DSO has released the Gamifying the Search for Strategic Surprise (GS3) Call for Submissions through special notice DARPA-SN-17-10. DARPA DSO “invites executive summaries and full proposals for a research and development project to deliver an online environment that will enable productive collaboration among large numbers of experts and thinkers. The shared task of this group is to rigorously explore the trends and possible applications of emerging science and technology. All executive summaries and full proposals should be submitted in response to DSO’s Office-wide Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), DARPA-BAA-16-46, under the Human-Machine Systems Technical Area of Interest.”
GS3 aims to “apply a unique combination of online game and social media technologies and techniques to engage a large number of experts and deep thinkers in a shared analytic process to rapidly identify, understand, and expand upon the potential implications and applications of emerging science and technology. The program will also develop a mechanism to identify and quickly fund research opportunities that emerge from this collaborative process.”
The due date for executive summaries is December 9, 2016 and full proposals are due January 6, 2017. The program manager is Dr. John Main.
DARPA DSO has released the Agile Teams (A-Teams) BAA, HR001117S0008. A-Teams is funding innovative research in the area of “predictive frameworks and experimental testbeds for the design of agile, hybrid teams of multiple humans teamed with intelligent machines.”
The goal of A-Teams is to “discover, test, and demonstrate predictive and generalizable mathematical abstractions for the design of agile hybrid teams. Specifically, A-Teams will develop predictive and practically implemented abstractions and algorithms encoding the dynamic co-evolution of team structure and team problem solving strategies. These predictive models will enable team design before beginning collective activity and adaptation during the activity. These models will be validated using multiple experimental testbeds that will reproducibly and quantitatively evaluate hybrid team architectures in a diverse range of problem contexts. The A-Teams program will fundamentally challenge the current paradigm of human-intelligent machine systems design by changing the focus from automation and substitution of human capability with machines to an integrated fabric enabling superior collective problem solving.”
The program will have the following three technical areas:
- Dynamic Team Structure Design
- Team Problem Solving
- Experimental Testbeds
Abstract are December 14, 2016 and full proposals are due February 7, 2017. The proposers day was on December 7, 2016. The total anticipated amount of program funding is approximately $22M over 4 years with multiple awards anticipated. The program manager is Dr. John Paschkewitz.
The Department of Education has released their 2017 SBIR Phase 1 Solicitation, ED-IES-17-R-0004.
The following are the priority for projects to be funded:
- PRIORITY 1: Education Technology Products For Use by Students or Teachers (or other Instructional Personnel) in Authentic Education Settings
- PRIORITY 2: Education Technology Products For Use by Infants, Toddlers, or Students With or At Risk for Disabilities, or Teachers (or other Instructional Personnel, Related Services Providers, or Family Members) in Early Intervention or Special Education Settings
- PRIORITY 3: Education Technology Products Used by School Administrators in Authentic Education Settings or in Early Intervention or Special Education Settings
The closing date is January 5, 2017.
DARPA Biological Technologies Office (BTO) has released the Biological Technologies EZ BAA, HR001117S0005. This BAA seeks “revolutionary research ideas for topics not being addressed by ongoing BTO programs or other published solicitations.” DARPA BTO has particular interest in proposals from organizations (both small and large business) that have never received Government funding, or who do not normally propose to Government solicitations.
The following are areas of interest:
- Discovering and leveraging novel findings from neuroscience, psychology, cognitive science, and related disciplines to advance treatment and resilience in neurological health and optimize human aptitude and performance.
- Understanding and improving interfaces between the biological and physical world to enable seamless hybrid systems.
- Developing and leveraging fundamental understanding of the underlying design rules that govern the behavior of biological systems.
- Developing new tools and capabilities for forward engineering of biological systems, such as cells, tissues, organs, organisms, and complex communities, to both develop new products and functional systems, as well as to gain new insights into underlying mechanisms.
- Developing new platform technologies that integrate, automate, and miniaturize the collection, processing, and analysis of biological samples in extreme environments (marine, microgravity, desert, etc.).
- Developing and validating new theories and computational models that identify factors and principles underlying collective and interactive behaviors of biological organisms at all scales from individual cells to global ecosystems.
- Understanding the dynamics of population and ecosystem behavior to preserve equilibrium, provide strategic opportunity, or avoid catastrophe.
- Developing and leveraging new technologies that can be applied to agricultural ecosystems for production stabilization, by improving quality or reducing losses from pathogens or pests.
- Developing and leveraging new insights into non-human biology across and between populations of microbes, insects, plants, marine life, and other non-human biologic entities.
- Developing new technologies and approaches that ensure biosafety, biosecurity, and protection of the bioeconomy.
- Understanding emerging threats to global food and water supplies and developing countermeasures that can be implemented on regional or global scales.
- Developing new technologies to treat, prevent, and predict the emergence and spread of infectious diseases that have the potential to cause significant health, economic, and social burden.
- Other biological technology topic areas that fit the scope of BTO’s mission.
The BAA is open from November 21, 2016 through November 21, 2017 with two (2) page abstracts and proposals being accepted on a rolling basis. Abstracts are strongly encouraged before submitting a full proposal. Multiple awards are anticipated.
DARPA I2O has released the Synergistic Discovery and Design (SD2) BAA, HR001117S0003. This BAA is “soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of data-driven techniques and tools to enable scientific discovery and robust design. Proposed research should investigate innovative, revolutionary approaches to robust design in domains that lack complete models.”
There are five technical areas:
- TA1 (Data-Centric Scientific Discovery): Develop computational workflows and algorithms to automatically detect significant variations between expected versus observed outcomes (hereafter termed “experimental surprise”); extract patterns, outliers, and design constraints from experimental data at scale; and use patterns to refine models.
- TA2 (Design in the Context of Uncertainty): Extend engineering and planning formalisms to enable automated refinement of intermediate designs.
- TA3 (Hypothesis and Design Evaluation): Experimentally evaluate the designs and hypothesized system knowledge generated by TA1 and TA2 in a manner that tests for reproducibility and robustness.
- TA4 (Data and Analysis Hub): Extend open source tools to virtualize access to computational resources, data, and results in a manner that links multiple labs and research communities.
- TA5 (Challenge Problem Integrator): Work with domain experts throughout the program to establish quarterly challenge problems to drive development of automated, data-driven methods that accelerate complex system design at scale.
Three page abstract are due December 13, 2016. The Proposers Day for SD2 was November 11, 2016 and the program manager is Dr. Jennifer Roberts.
Figure: SD2 Program Structure and Workflow
The Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), has released a BAA for Air Quality Near Read Cooperative Research, BAA DTFH6117R00003.
The purpose of the BAA is to “advance the understanding, practice and application of near road emissions analysis and modeling among state, regional and local transportation and air quality agencies in meeting specific transportation provisions in the Clean Air Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, and to disseminate these techniques and approaches in a timely manner.”
There are four focus areas of interest:
- Test, Evaluation and Validation of Emission and Dispersion Models and Methodologies
- Carbon Monoxide in the Near Road Transportation Environment
- Effects of Roadside Structures, Vegetation or Other Possible Mitigation Techniques on Near Road Air Quality Concentration
- Interactions and Interrelationship of Near Road Air Quality, Noise, Health, Multiple Pollutants and Other Factors in the Near Road Environment
This is a two-phase BAA. In the first phase white papers up to seven (7) pages are requested. Based on white paper evaluations, full proposals will then be requested from white papers of interest. White papers are due by November 14, 2016.