The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has released their Subsistence Network (SUBNET) BAA (BAA-0001-16). SUBNET will “research and promote manufacturing improvements in the entire Subsistence Supply Chain, which includes, but is not limited too, combat rations, field feeding equipment, garrison feeding, and “market fresh” products.”
Technical areas of interest for SUBNET include improvements to “process capabilities by identifying targets for product, automation and business operations changes, and implementing solutions in the Subsistence Supply Chain to produce such improvements as shorter lead times, higher throughput, reduced inventory and overhead cost, and improved quality. Unification of production methods for military and civilian products (dual use equipment and procedures) that improves producer flexibility by also satisfying civilian markets is especially important.’
It is now after the initial offering, but DLA is still accepting white papers for up to 5 years. White papers should be a maximum of 4 pages long and should be within the scope of the technical areas of interest in the BAA.
DARPA has awarded Roboti of Redmond, WA a follow-on contract for HAPTIX prosthetic simulation support. The award amount is $198,484.
DARPA has announced an award to the Revolutionary Enhancement of Visibility by Exploiting Active Light-fields (REVEAL) BAA (DARPA-BAA-15-44). The awardee is University of Wisconsin System. The award amount is $1,894,252 with an option for $2,406,364.
The objective of the REVEAL program “is to develop a comprehensive theoretical framework and the requisite technologies for maximum information extraction from complex scenes by leveraging the higher dimensions of the Plenoptic function and multiple degrees of freedom of light over all – both direct and indirect – photon pathways, i.e. single and multi-bounce photons (including decoding information from before the last “bounce”).
DARPA TTO has announced the Innovative Systems for Military Missions Proposers Day (DARPA-SN-16-21) and BAA (DARPA-BAA-16-31). The Proposers Day will be Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at the DARPA Conference Center with a duplicate session on Thursday, April 21, 2016. The registration website is: : http://www.sa-meetings.com/2016TTOOfficewideProposersDay.
TTO will be seeking the following technology areas in the forthcoming BAA:
- Ground Systems
a. Soldier/Squad Technologies
b. Combat Vehicles
c. Tactical Operations in Urban and Complex Environments
- Maritime/Undersea Systems
a. Expanded Platform Performance
b. Cross Domain Applications
c. Defense of Maritime Forces
- Air Systems
a. Novel Air Vehicles
b. Hypersonic Platforms
- 4. Space Systems
a. Spacecraft Technologies
b. Space Situational Awareness
c. Systems for Access
d. Future Space Operations
DARPA TTO has announced an award for the Innovative Systems for Military Missions Program, DARPA-BAA-14-25. The awardee is Georgia Tech Research Corporation. The award amount is $473,391.
This BAA seeks “system and subsystem level technologies that enable revolutionary improvements to the efficiency and effectiveness of the military. Novel concepts are sought in the following focus areas: Ground Systems, Maritime Systems, Air Systems, and Space Systems.”
DARPA BTO has announced an award to the Electrical Prescriptions (ElectRx) program (DARPA-BAA-15-06). The awardee is Medtronic, Inc. of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The award amount is $2,870,015 with a Phase II option for $1,434,784.
The ElectRx program seeks to create “closed-loop neuromodulation systems that utilize innate neurophysiological circuits to achieve therapeutic benefits. To achieve this goal, ElectRx will simultaneously drive biological understanding and technology development. Specifically, ElectRx is looking to develop and leverage fundamental understanding of the anatomy and physiology of neural circuits in the spinal cord or peripheral nerves that mediate health status. This knowledge will be leveraged to design and demonstrate feedback-controlled neuromodulation systems for the direct regulation of immune system functions and CNS disorders. In parallel, technology development focused on next-generation minimally-invasive neural interfaces and biosensors will enable interaction with the neurophysiology of interest at unmatched spatiotemporal resolution, precision, and specificity. These neuromodulation treatments will be tuned automatically and continuously to the unique physiology of each individual and will produce no off-target effects.”
DARPA TTO has announced the Squad X Experimentation (Squad X) Information Days and Proposers Day in advance of a planned BAA. The announcement is through special notice DARPA-SN-16-24. The information days will be March 29, 2016 and March 30, 2016 and the Proposers Day will be April 22, 2016. The registration Website is https://www.schafertmd.com/darpa/tto/squadx/id/.
The Squad X program “seeks to enable squads to operate in complex, uncertain, and multi‐domain environments in the physical world, the electromagnetic spectrum and cyberspace. Squads have the greatest potential for impact and innovation, while simultaneously having the lowest barrier to entry for experimentation and system prototyping.”
The program will “design, develop and validate system prototypes for a combined arms squad. The combined arms squad would overmatch its adversaries through the synchronization of fire and maneuver in the physical, electromagnetic spectrum, and cyber domains.”
The program will “lay the technical foundation for the combined arms squad to:
- Extend and enhance situational awareness of their entire operational environment
- Increase maneuver time and space through optimized use of physical, cognitive and material resources
- Shape and dominate battlespace through synchronization of fire and maneuver in the physical, electromagnetic spectrum and cyber domains”
DARPA BTO has announced the Targeted Neuroplasticity Training (TNT) Proposers Day (DARPA-SN-16-20) in anticipation of a new BAA. The Proposers Day is April 8, 2016 at the Westin Arlington Gateway in Arlington, VA. The registration deadline is March 31, 2016 at 5:00 PM ET. The registration website is http://www.sa-meetings.com/TNTProposersDay. The program manager is Dr. Doug Weber.
BAA background: “Service members are required to learn a variety of specialized skills that require sharp perceptual acuity, rapid and accurate judgement, and effective planning and execution of complex actions. Many of these skills, such as understanding and speaking a new foreign language, can be challenging to learn. Current training programs are time consuming, require intensive study, and usually require evidence of a more-than-minimal aptitude for eligibility. Thus, improving cognitive skill learning in healthy adults is of great interest to our national security.”
The goal of the program is to pursue “the advancement of technology to enhance learning through an approach called Targeted Neuroplasticity Training (TNT), which uses peripheral neurostimulation to selectively promote synaptic plasticity in the brain. TNT aims to develop a platform technology to enhance learning of a wide range of cognitive skills.
The research objectives of the TNT program are as follows:
- elucidate the anatomical and functional map(s) of the peripheral and central nervous system circuitry that regulates synaptic plasticity in the brain,
- demonstrate effects of peripheral neurostimulation on cognitive skills learning and the brain activity supporting that learning, and
- optimize noninvasive stimulation methods and training protocols for long-term retention without negative side effects.
To develop capabilities for enhancing plasticity and cognitive skill learning, research in the TNT program will focus on two Technical Areas (TA):
- TA1, Biological Foundations for Targeted Neuroplasticity Training, and
- TA2, Targeted Neuroplasticity Training Applications for Humans.
Integration of both TAs is essential to achieve the program’s goal of creating human-ready systems, and proposers are required to respond to both technical areas in full.”
DARPA has announced awards to the Circuit Realization At Faster Timescales (CRAFT) Program, solicitation number DARPA-BAA-15-55:
- University of Southern California of Los Angeles, California with an award of $1,237,201 for Phase 1, $890,524 for Phase 2, and $840,335 for Phase 3
- The Boeing Company of Hazelwood, Missouri with an award of $3,434,283 for Phase 1, $4,137,624 for Phase 2, and $4,683,952 for Phase 3
DARPA DSO has released the Next Generation Social Science (NGS2) BAA, number DARPA-BAA-16-32.
DARPA NGS2 will “build a new capability (methods, models, tools, and a community of researchers) to perform rigorous, reproducible experimental research at scales necessary to understand emergent properties of human social systems. DARPA anticipates that the Next Generation Social Science (NGS2) program may require a fundamental reimagining of the social science research cycle and encourages participation from a wide and diverse combination of disciplines and skill sets – to include social sciences, but also physics, computer science, biology, game design, mathematics, and others. ”
There will be three technical areas:
- TA1: Predictive Modeling and Hypothesis Generation;
- TA2: Experimental Methods and Platforms; and
- TA3: Interpretation and Reproducibility.
“Performers in the NGS2 program will work to determine fundamental measures and causal mechanisms that explain and predict the emergence of “collective identities.” A focus on “what matters most” for emergent social phenomena like collective identity presents an important and complex challenge to focus and validate new NGS2 research communities, tools, and methods. Note that while the NGS2 program will focus on collective identity formation as an exemplar research question, DARPA anticipates that successful NGS2 capabilities will have benefits for tackling other complex problems and topics, including (but not limited to): resilience in social networks and structures, changes in cultural norms or beliefs, emergence of cooperation/competitions, social influences on preferences and cognition, etc.”
The Proposers Day is March 22, 2016, abstract are due March 31, 2016, and full proposals are due May 18, 2016. The program manager is Dr. Adam Russell.