Monthly Archives: November 2015

DARPA Quantum Tunneling Electronic Platform (QTEP) for Real-Time Cytokine Panel Detection Award

DARPA announced an award to Stanford University for Quantum Tunneling Electronic Platform (QTEP) for Real-Time Cytokine Panel Detection.  The award amount is $675,886.

DARPA Complex Adaptive System Composition And Design Environment (CASCADE) BAA

DARPA DSO has released the Complex Adaptive System Composition And Design Environment (CASCADE) BAA. The CASCADE program is sponsoring research that will “enable and demonstrate new design capabilities for complex adaptive systems.”

Synopsis: The DoD and urban infrastructure capabilities are increasingly based on the integration and coordination of heterogeneous systems using System-of-Systems (SoS) architectures. However, it is difficult to model and currently impossible to systematically design such complex systems using state-of-the-art tools, leading to inferior performance, unexpected problems, and weak resilience. This inadequacy in design capability results from the complexity of interactions between system structures and behaviors across multiple time and length scales that cannot be adequately modeled using conventional approaches.

The goal of CASCADE is to “provide both a unified view of system behavior, allowing understanding and exploitation of these complex interactions, and a formal language for complex adaptive system composition and design. This unified view of system behavior, enabled by appropriate mathematical foundations, will also enable adaptation to unanticipated environments using arbitrary system components by providing a framework to dynamically identify and correct deficient system capabilities.”

The Proposers Day is December 9, 2015 and abstracts are due December 15th.  Funding available is approximately $23M over 4 years with multiple awards anticipated. John S. Paschkewitz is the Program Manager.

Army Multifunctional Aircraft Technology for Survivability (MATS) BAA

The Army has released the Multifunctional Aircraft Technology for Survivability (MATS) BAA.  It is a BAA for Applied Aviation Technologies, Solicitation Number W911W6-15-R-0004, and is effective from January 7, 2015 – January 6, 2016.

Research must “synergistically merge vulnerability reduction technology, susceptibility reduction technology, and rotorcraft structures technology to develop lightweight Multifunctional Aircraft Technology for Survivability (MATS).”

Functionalities of interest include:

  • Active and passive multifunctional situation awareness sensing
  • Thermal management
  • Vibration and/or noise, radar cross-section, and heat signature reduction
  • Power and signal transfer for aircraft survivability equipment, degraded visual environment, or other equipment systems
  • High energy electromagnetic threat protection
  • Aircraft occupant eye protection from laser threats and hazards
  • Conventional threat protection
  • Crash energy attenuation/management
  • Durable and damage tolerant load-bearing
  • Fuel containment

Total available funding is approximately $4.056M total and is 6.2 funds. The funding is broken down by the following fiscal years: FY16 $1.115M and FY17 $2.941M. Cost share, Technology Investment Agreements are encouraged.

ONR Long Range BAA Award

ONR announced an award to XST Inc. in San Diego, CA for a project titled “METOC in the Cloud.”  The award amount is $2,499,947.

DARPA Cross Domain Maritime Surveillance and Targeting (CDMaST) BAA

DARPA STO has released the Cross Domain Maritime Surveillance and Targeting (CDMaST) BAA, DARPA-BAA-16-01.

The CDMaST program will “demonstrate that a maritime system of systems (SoS) approach can provide increased military effectiveness, cost imposition (i.e., the cost of the opponent to counter relative to the cost of the U.S. to deploy), and adaptability necessary to maintain U.S. maritime superiority in contested maritime environments. Specifically, the Cross Domain Maritime Surveillance and Targeting (CDMaST) program will develop SoS architectures for wide area, cross-domain (under, on and over the sea) surveillance and targeting of adversary ships and submarines in order to close kill chains and dominate large contested maritime regions.”

The goal of the CDMaST program is to “move away from a centralized defensive battlegroup posture to a more distributed and agile approach in order to hold the opponent at risk over large areas (~1,000,000 square kilometers). Specifically, performers will develop and demonstrate end-to-end anti-surface warfare (ASuW) and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) kill chains to cover the large areas.”

The program will have 2 phases and 3 thrust areas (TAs):

Phase 1:

  • TA l: SoS Architecture Development and Analysis (Industry teams);
  • TA 2: SoS Live, Virtual, Constructive Testbed Integration (Government team, with input from TA 1 Industry teams);

Phase 2:

  • TA 3: SoS Implementation and Experimentation (Industry team alongside TA 2 Government team)

The initial BAA will be for Phase 1 TA1 only with a budget of $14M and up to 3 performers.  Proposals are due January 12, 2016.

ONR 2015.2 SBIR Award

ONR has awarded a 2015.2 SBIR award to Applied Optimization, Inc. in Dayton, Ohio.  The award amount is $79,999.