Monthly Archives: May 2016

DARPA Biological Technologies BAA

DARPA BTO has released the Biological Technologies BAA, DARPA-BAA-16-33.  This BAA is the BTO office wide BAA.

“The mission of BTO is to foster, demonstrate, and transition breakthrough fundamental research, discoveries, and applications that integrate biology, engineering, computer science, mathematics, and the physical sciences. BTO’s investment portfolio goes far beyond life sciences applications in medicine to include areas of research such as human-machine interfaces, microbes as production platforms, and deep exploration of the impact of evolving ecologies and environments on U.S. readiness and capabilities. BTO’s programs operate across a wide range of scales, from individual cells to the warfighter to global ecosystems. BTO responds to the urgent and long-term needs of the Department of Defense (DoD) and addresses national security priorities.

BTO is interested in submissions related to the following areas:

  • 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 biological system behavior.
  • Developing new tools and capabilities for forward engineering of biological systems (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 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 in order 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 a global scale.
  • Developing new technologies to treat, prevent, and predict the emergent 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.

Proposers are encouraged to submit 2 page abstracts before submitting full proposals.  Proposals can be submitted up to April 28, 2017.

DARPA Intense and Compact Neutron Sources Phase Two (ICONS2) BAA

DARPA DSO has released the Intense and Compact Neutron Sources Phase Two (ICONS2) BAA, DARPA-BAA-16-37.  This BAA is for Phase 2, the final 18-months of the program.

The Intense and Compact Neutron Sources Phase Two (ICONS2) Program is “seeking innovative ideas and novel approaches to achieve revolutionary increases in neutron source intensity and reductions in device size, weight, and power (SWaP) for in-the-field neutron radiography and analytical techniques. Although current neutron source intensities are adequate for rapid, high-resolution imaging, the large infrastructure required to achieve these intensities limits their applications. Achieving these neutron intensities in an expeditionary package will enable concepts-of-operations (CONOPS) that are currently infeasible due to SWaP constraints. While source intensity is only one aspect of the performance of a complete neutron analytical capability, achieving orders-of-magnitude improvements in portable neutron source intensities remains critical for widespread neutron imaging and analysis. It is envisioned that these significant advances in neutron output versus system SWaP will be transformative for specialized portable neutron sensing CONOPS in addition to portable neutron radiography.”

Abstracts are due May 13, 2016. The program manager is Dr. Vincent Tang.

DARPA BTO Biological Technologies BAA

DARPA BTO has released the Biological Technologies BAA, DARPA-BAA-16-33.  This BAA is open through April 28, 2017.

BTO is interested in submissions related to the following areas:

  • “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 biological system behavior.
  • Developing new tools and capabilities for forward engineering of biological systems (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 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 in order 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 a global scale.
  • Developing new technologies to treat, prevent, and predict the emergent 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.”

Submitting a two page proposal abstract is strongly encouraged before submitting a full proposal.  DARPA will respond within 30 days of receiving an abstract.  If the abstract is reviewed favorably, a full proposal will be requested.

DARPA TTO Innovative Systems for Military Missions BAA

DARPA TTO has released the Innovative Systems for Military Missions BAA, DARPA-BAA-16-31.  The Tactical Technology Office is seeking executive summaries, white papers and proposals for advanced research, development and demonstration of innovative systems for military missions. Full proposals are due by April 28, 2017.

TTO seeks responses in the following focus areas:

1. Ground Systems

  • Soldier/Squad Technologies
  • Combat Vehicles
  • Tactical Operations in Urban and Complex Environments

2. Maritime/Undersea Systems

  • Expanded Platform Performance and Cross Domain Applications
  • Defense of Maritime Forces

3. Air Systems

  • Novel Air Vehicles
  • Hypersonic Platforms

4. Space Systems

  • Spacecraft Technologies
  • Space Situational Awareness
  • Systems for Access
  • Future Space Operations and Architectures

TTO strongly encourages proposers to first submit a 1 page executive summary before submitting a white paper or proposal. Executive summaries will be reviewed as they are received. Based on the review of the executive summary proposers with be encouraged to submit a 6 page white paper before submitting a full proposal.  A program manager may be in contact with a proposer to further discuss the idea in an executive summary or white paper.