Monthly Archives: February 2016

IARPA Quantum Enhanced Optimization (QEO) BAA

IARPA Office of Safe and Secure Operations has released the Quantum Enhanced Optimization (QEO) BAA, IARPA-BAA-15-13.

IARPA is interest in “quantum annealing systems which outperform classical methods in solution of hard combinatorial optimization problems. Classical methods for solving large, practical problems are often inefficient, e.g., scale poorly (exponentially) with problem size, become trapped in sub-optimal solutions, and produce correlated solutions when sampling from multiple, degenerate minima. A means of enhanced solution of hard combinatorial optimization problems is of interest to provide cost-effective efficiencies and reduced risk in enterprise operations.”

“Evidence supporting the potential of quantum enhancement of quantum annealing compels development of appropriately designed architectures and annealing parameters which make optimal use of quantum effects. Enhancement outcomes of interest include speed-up in time-tosolution (TTS), improvement in scaling complexity, and higher quality solutions (e.g., lower values for the cost function, and or more useful statistical diversity of nearly degenerate solutions).”

“Proposals are sought to develop theoretical and experimental capability to progressively design, fabricate, analyze, and optimize quantum annealing Test Beds, and from all activity to develop a progressive basis of design for application-scale quantum annealers meeting the program goal. Through Test Bed experiments QEO performers will corroborate innovative concepts for annealer design and operation, and predictive models of enhancement. From all activity, successful QEO performers will demonstrate how enhancement is optimally promoted, and estimate the elements of the basis of design required for application-scale, application-specific machines meeting the program goal.”

Proposals are due April 13, 2016.  The program manager is Dr. Karl F. Roenigk.

DARPA Spatial, Temporal and Orientation Information in Contested Environments (STOIC) Phase 2 BAA

DARPA STO has released the BAA for the Phase 2 of the Spatial, Temporal and Orientation Information in Contested Environments (STOIC) Program, DARPA-BAA-16-23.

STOIC aims to develop a backup positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) system to GPS.  The program comprises three technical areas (TA) that, when integrated, have the potential to provide global PNT independent of GPS:

  • TA1 – long-range robust reference signals,
  • TA2 – ultra-stable tactical clocks, and
  • TA3 – multifunctional systems that provide PNT information between cooperative users.

In Phase I, TA1 focused on using very low frequency (VLF) radio frequency (RF) signals to provide robust ranging in support of earth-fixed positioning. This BAA is a follow-on to TA1 Phase I for developing the detailed design (Phase II) and real-time demonstration (Phase III) of a VLF positioning system (VPS).

Proposal are due April 9, 2016.

DARPA PHARAOH: Sequence Specific DNA Methylation to Modulate Gene Expression Award

DARPA BTO has announced an award titled “PHARAOH: Sequence Specific DNA Methylation to Modulate Gene Expression” in response to DARPA-BAA-14-38.  The awardee is Ibis Biosciences Inc. and the award amount is $2,124,718.

ONR Field-Deployable Multianalyte Molecular Diagnostics Award

ONR has announced an award for the “Field-Deployable Multianalyte Molecular Diagnostics” to Ibis Biosciences, Inc. The award amount is $93,372.00 plus 2 Options not to exceed $2,164,387.

This award is in response to BAA N00173-15-R-BA01, “Development of Field Forward Diagnostic Technologies and Tiered Evaluation.”

ONR Next-Generation Immuno-Analysis Platform Award

ONR has announced an award for the “Next-Generation Immuno-Analysis Platform” to BD Technologies. The award amount is $117,878 with 2 Options not to Exceed $2,241,111.

This award is in response to BAA N00173-15-R-BA01, “Development of Field Forward Diagnostic Technologies and Tiered Evaluation.”

ONR Development of Field Forward Diagnostic Technologies and Tiered Evaluation Award

ONR has announced an award to InBios International, Inc for the Development of Field Forward Diagnostic Technologies and Tiered Evaluation BAA, number N00173-15-R-BA01. The award amount is $1,171,609.65 plus two option years.

ONR Applied Physical Sciences (APS) Award

ONR has announced an award to Applied Physical Sciences Corporation  in Groton, CT.  The award is for “Development and Application of Physics-Based Tools, Analysis Techniques, and Concepts for Enhanced Submarine Security.”  The award amount is $4,876,239.

ONR Long Range BAA for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology Award

ONR has made an award to Adaptive Methods, Inc. in Centreville, VA under the Long Range BAA for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology.  The award amount is $398,027.

ONR Dielectric Metamaterial Reflector Award

ONR has made an award to SRI International in Menlo Park, CA for Dielectric Metamaterial Reflector.  The award amount is $242,832.

ONR Long Range Broad BAA for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology Award

ONR has announced an award to their Long Range Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology BAA, BAA N00014-16-R-BA01.  The awardee is Signal Systems Corporation of Millersville, MD.  The award amount is $11,595.