Monthly Archives: March 2015

DARPA 100 Gb/s RF Backbone (100G) Phase 2 and 3 BAA

DARPA Strategic Technology Office has released BAA-15-22 for:

… developing a 100 Gb/s airborne RF communications link capable of distances exceeding 100 km and 200 km for air-to-ground and air-to-air, respectively, within a single radio frequency channel. The proposed program, 100G, seeks innovative approaches for using high-order modulation together with spatial multiplexing to achieve those goals by attaining spectral efficiencies greater than 20 bits-per-second-per hertz.

Proposals are due April 28th.  A total of $27M is available for Phase 2 and 3 with up to two awards.  The full proposal is here.

Here is a graphic overview from the BAA:

DARPA BAA 15-22

ARL Core BAA for Basic and Applied Scientific Research

ARL Core Broad Agency Announcement for Basic and Applied Scientific Research for Fiscal Years 2012 through 2017 – this is an update to the BAA for areas of scientific interest.  Areas of interest include: materials sciences; ballistics and aeromechanics sciences; information sciences; human sciences; survivability, lethality, and vulnerability analysis and assessment; chemistry; electronics; physics; environmental sciences; life sciences; mechanical sciences, mathematical sciences, computing sciences and network sciences.

The BAA is open to educational, nonprofit and commercial organizations.  Proposals must be “for scientific study and experimentation directed toward advancing the state of the art or increasing knowledge and understanding.”

The BAA number is W911NF-12-R-0011-03, and a link to the actual BAA is here.  A link to this BAA on Grants.gov is here.

Technical points of contact are listed for each of the research areas.  The BAA encourages people interested in submitting a white paper or proposal to first contact the point of contact to discuss the potential research.

AFRL Reconfigurable Electronics for Multifunction Agile RF (REMAR) BAA

AFRL is requesting proposals for the REMAR BAA to:

… conduct applied R&D to develop and demonstrate leap-ahead agile RF front-end systems with multi-function transmit / receive technology by employing reconfigurable RF & mixed-signal components which enable integrated Radar, Communications, & EW suites within a single platform. Salient features of the REMAR module are (1) configurable system architecture, (2) adaptable frequency plan, (3) tunable instantaneous bandwidth, (4) scalable DC & RF power, and (5) agile waveform.

The BAA number is BAA-RQKSE-2015-0006.  The total amount for award is $6.4M ($3.2M anticipated for two separate awardsBasic $1.2M, Option $2M).  The proposal due date is May 12, 2015 at 2:00 pm local time.

USAID Development Innovation Accelerator (DIA) BAA

This is Addendum #8 for this BAA.

Expression of Interest indicating the research or development idea which will work towards discovering potential solutions is required before submitting a white paper or proposal.

The USAID BAA states the following:

USAID is seeking partners who have the ability to transform the way USAID understands the success or failure of innovations and scaling efforts around them:

Processes:  Planning for and implementing adaptive and/or iterative MERL programming that allows and promotes early and mid-course corrections through effective learning feedback loops; Development and management of successful peer-to-peer networks in the MERL space

Monitoring: Design and implementation of complex program monitoring systems that will allow for rapid feedback loops and synchronize monitoring with the pace of change;  Develop monitoring tools that emphasize verification and contribution to impact.

Scaling: Helping establish/understand the “tipping point” of scaling efforts; Helping understand the many complex enabling external and internal factors at all stages of innovations; Pathways analysis

Systems Thinking: Complex systems, outcome, and network mapping, modeling, and simulation for decision-making; Collective impact approaches and contribution analysis

Evaluation and Research: Rapid and flexible survey data collection and design; Economic analyses (i.e. cost-benefit analysis, cost-effective analysis, etc.); Performance, impact, and developmental evaluations; Testing the validity of theories of change, hypotheses, and assumptions embedded in strategy-level results frameworks and project level Logical Frameworks; Lean, agile, flexible and participatory evaluation and research approaches; Conceptual and/or computational systems maps, models, and/or simulation to assist in decision-making for planning and implementation of development interventions

Submission start with a 1,000 word expression of interest that gives the submitters approach to MERL.  The due date for expression of interests is 11:59 pm ET on April 27, 2015.  Submissions should be sent to merlin@usaid.gov.

DARPA Analog and Continuous-variable Co-processors for Efficient Scientific Simulation RFI

The DARPA ACCESS RFI from the Defense Sciences Office is requesting white papers on:

… research related to the development of physical co-processors for the acceleration of scientific computing. Of particular interest are analog and continuous (non-discrete) physical processes that can be used as a computational substrate for efficiently simulating systems governed by complex, simultaneous, locally interacting, and non-linear phenomena. Although this RFI primarily discusses analog and hybrid analog/digital approaches, purely digital and other novel approaches that enable the desired transformative computational capability are also of interest.

White papers are limited to 5 pages and are due April 14, 2015 by 4:00 pm ET.  Submissions should be emailed to o DARPA-SN-15-31@darpa.mil.

AFRL Research Initiatives for Materials State Sensing (RIMSS) II

This BAA is from AFRL WPAFB and is on nondestructive evaluation of materials.  The BAA states:

The overall objective is to identify further unique technical approaches to accomplish the invention, advancement, and transition of emerging, novel and innovative Nondestructive Evaluation / Inspection (NDE/I), Material State Awareness (MSA), and in-situ NDE -aka Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) – technologies. This effort will encompass three (3) areas of interest: Research in Materials State Awareness (MSA), Research in Damage State Awareness (DSA), Research in Specialty Coatings and Applications

The BAA number is BAA-RQKM-2015-0012 and the proposal due date is April 30, 2015.

AFRL STOIC – Award

Argon ST was awarded a contract from AFRL Wright Research for the amount of $1,997,856 for the STOIC program.
STOIC

NIH Targeted Clinical Research to Address Select Viral Infections

NIH has released a BAA titled Targeted Clinical Research to Address Select Viral Infections.  Proposals are due May 12th.  The main objective of the BAA is:

… to support/advance the development of therapeutic strategies for rare and/or emerging viral diseases (non-HIV) of medical importance in targeted patient populations.

NIH states the following in regards to the number of awards and the amount:

NIAID estimates that three to five contracts may be issued for a total cost (direct and indirect costs combined) of up to $6.3 million in Fiscal Year 2016 for all awards during the first non-severable phase. Awards are expected to be made on or about May 1, 2016.

DARPA Squad X Core Technologies (SXCT) BAA

DARPA has released Amendment 2 of the Squad X BAA.  A summary of the BAA is:

The objective of the Squad X Core Technologies program is to develop and deliver new technologies that give dismounted squads increased situational awareness and enable them to dominate their battlespace. This will be accomplished through research and development of novel technology solutions that advance the capabilities of the squad.

Proposals are due April 10th.  There is a total of $22.4M for Phase I and up to $33.6M in Phase II available for multiple awards.

The following are the four technical areas of the BAA:

1. Precision Engagement – enable the rifle squad to precisely engage threats out to 1,000 meters while maintaining compatibility with infantry weapon systems and human factors limitations.

2. Non-Kinetic Engagement – enable the rifle squad to disrupt enemy command and control, communications, and use of unmanned assets to ranges greater than 300 meters while maneuvering at a squad-relevant operational pace.

3. Squad Sensing – enable the rifle squad to detect line of sight and non-line of sight threats out to 1000 meters while maneuvering at a squad-relevant operational pace.

4. Squad Autonomy – enable the rifle squad to improve their individual and collective localization accuracy to less than 6 meters in GPS-denied environments through collaboration with unmanned systems maneuvering reliably in squad formations.

DARPA Precise Robust Inertial Guidance for Munitions: Navigation-Grade Inertial Measurement Unit Proposers Day

DAPRA Precise Robust Inertial Guidance for Munitions: Navigation-Grade Inertial Measurement Unit Proposers Day is scheduled for April 17th.  The BAA has not been released yet.  A summary of the program given in the Proposers Day announcement says:

The objective of PRIGM: NGIMU is to develop navigation-grade inertial measurement units by integrating state-of-the-art (SOA), low-CSWaP, MEMS inertial sensors (gyroscopes and accelerometers) into small form factor IMUs. Furthermore, it is envisioned that the resulting technology readiness level (TRL 6) prototype IMU(s) developed under PRIGM: NGIMU will be a mechanical and electronic drop-in replacement for currently deployed tactical-grade MEMS IMUs.

Attendance to the Proposers Day must be requested through email.  Follow the above link to the DARPA Special Notice SN-15-32 for the email address and information to provide.