Monthly Archives: September 2016

IARPA Multimodal Objective Sensing to Assess Individuals with Context (MOSAIC) BAA

IARPA has released the Multimodal Objective Sensing to Assess Individuals with Context (MOSAIC) BAA, IARPA-BAA-16-10.  The MOSAIC program “seeks innovative approaches to unobtrusive, passive, and persistent measurement to predict an individual’s job performance.”

“Current tools to evaluate the workforce, such as interviews, cognitive assessments, and questionnaires, while often highly predictive of job performance, may only provide a snapshot of an individual in a controlled testing environment. As such, they may not capture more dynamic or context-dependent aspects of an individual. Traditional tools may suffer other limitations, such as lengthy administration times or susceptibility to measurement artifacts (e.g., practice effects, impression management, test anxiety).

To address such limitations, the MOSAIC program seeks to fund rigorous, high-quality research to develop and validate unobtrusive, passive, and persistent sensor-based methods to assess stable and dynamic psychological, cognitive, and physiological aspects of an individual. The research will take advantage of advancements in sensors, data collection architectures, feature extraction methods, data fusion techniques, as well as the modeling and analysis of rich spatiotemporal data generated from the collection of an individual’s daily actions and responses. Performers will employ a variety of sensors (mobile, worn, and carried sensors, social media applications, etc.) to measure individuals and the environment around them (e.g., time, light, temperature, sound, interpersonal interactions) to develop personalized and contextualized assessments of an individual over time.”

Proposals are due November 10, 2016.  The program manager is Dr. Alexis Jeannotte.

DARPA Aerial Dragnet BAA

DARPA STO has released the Aerial Dragnet BAA, DARPA-BAA-16-55.  Aerial Dragnet is soliciting proposals for “persistent, wide-area surveillance of small unmanned aerial systems (UASs) in urban terrain on a city-wide scale. Proposals are solicited for a scalable network of sensors on aerial platforms performing threat-agnostic UAS detection, classification, and tracking by looking over and into complex terrain.”

“The system requires a network of surveillance nodes, each providing coverage of a neighborhood sized urban area, mounted on tethered and/or long-endurance UASs. The Aerial Dragnet system will provide a continually updated common operational picture (COP) of the low altitude airspace (i.e., below 1000 ft). The COP will consist of geographically-referenced tracks of all small UASs, labeled as friends or foes, within the coverage area. Dissemination of the COP will be made to accredited users upon demand by interfacing with existing secure commercial and/or military data links. Networking of the surveillance nodes will provide scalability to a larger network for city-wide coverage as well as providing surge capability and resilience to node outages. Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) or previously developed components together with software-defined signal processing should be used so that systems are low cost and can be rapidly upgraded as component technologies evolve. To ensure an asymmetric cost advantage over commercially-driven threats, the total expected cost of a notional system providing neighborhood coverage of a 20 km2 area with a single aerial platform and sensor payload should be less than $10,000.”

Proposal abstracts are due October 11, 2016 and full proposals are due November 14, 2016.  The program manager is Dr. Jeffrey Krolik.


Aerial Dragnet Concept.  Image credit: DARPA.

IARPA Functional Genomic and Computational Assessment of Threats (Fun GCAT) BAA

IARPA has released the Functional Genomic and Computational Assessment of Threats (Fun GCAT) BAA, IARPA-BAA-16-08.

The Functional Genomic and Computational Assessment of Threats (Fun GCAT) program “intends to develop new approaches and tools for the screening of nucleic acid sequences, and for the functional annotation and characterization of genes of concern, with the goal of preventing the accidental or intentional creation of a biological threat. Advances in biotechnology and synthetic biology over the past decade have the potential to address important societal challenges in food, energy, and medicine. Despite the promising advances these technologies might enable, the potential for their deliberate or accidental misuse exists, warranting the development of approaches to help prevent the creation of biothreats.”

“In order to better address biosecurity concerns, the Fun GCAT program intends to develop next-generation computational and bioinformatics tools to improve DNA sequence screening, to augment biodefense capabilities through the characterization of threats based on function, and to advance our understanding of the relative risks posed by unknown nucleic acid sequences.”

The Fun GCAT Program is anticipated to have three phases over 3.5 years. All Phases will have two thrusts:

  • Thrust 1: Develop bioinformatic and computational tools and approaches that allow faster sequence comparison and assess threat potential. Various approaches are anticipated, and could include prediction of protein structure and/or function for both known and uncharacterized sequences.
  • Thrust 2: Significantly advance experimental methods for the characterization of genetic sequence function. Performers will choose sequences from model systems (e.g. bacteria, viruses, and toxins), or host elements involved in pathogenesis or the response to infection.

Proposals are due November 8, 2016.  Multiple awards are anticipated.  The program manager is Dr. John Julias.

DARPA EXACTO Trade Study Award

DARPA TTO has announced the award to the EXACTO Trade Study, DARPA-BAA-15-27.  The awardee is Teledyne Scientific and Imaging, LLC of Arlington, VA.  The award amount is $299,952.

The EXACTO Trade Study was made under the Innovative Systems for Military Missions BAA.  This BAA from TTO “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 Innovative Systems for Military Missions Award

DARPA TTO has announced an award to the Innovative Systems for Military Missions BAA, DARPA-BAA-15-27. The awardee is Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation for “Sparse Deployable RF Aperture.”  The award amount is $499,961.

The Innovative Systems for Military Missions 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.”

AFRL Human Performance Sensing BAA Award

AFRL has announced an award for the Human Performance Sensing BAA, BAA-RQKHB-2015-0003.  The awardee is Lockheed Martin, Advanced Technology Laboratories in Cherry Hill, NJ. The award amount is $1,952,869.

DARPA Stochastic Augmented Graph Analytics (SAGA) RFI

DARPA MTO has released the Stochastic Augmented Graph Analytics (SAGA) RFI, DARPA-SN-16-57.

The SAGA RFI is “seeking information on novel hardware and software approaches for calculating continuous time varying probabilities functions. Specifically, we are seeking information on novel hardware architectures, software algorithms, and programming tools necessary to process data natively as random variables. A random variable is a quantity whose value is subject to variations due to chance and can be described by a range of possible states and associated probability density functions (PDFs).

This RFI specifically requests feedback on the microprocessor technology necessary to efficiently store, move, update and process data described as random variables. In addition, this RFI is requesting feedback on what software tools, programming models, and data structures could enable rapid development of statistical analyses and probabilistic modeling by the user.

Up to 12 page responses are due by October 19, 2016. The program manager is Mr. Trung Tran.

DARPA Reconfigurable Imaging (ReImagine) BAA

DARPA MTO has released the Reconfigurable Imaging (ReImagine) BAA, DARPA-BAA-16-56.  ReImagine will demonstrate multi-functional imaging sensors that are reconfigurable through software. The program will “build around a common digital framework that can be customized for specific applications. Both passive and active modes are desired. Also of interest are adaptive algorithms that optimize the operation of a reconfigurable sensor in real time to optimize information collection.”

The objectives of the ReImagine program are to “demonstrate that a software-reconfigurable imaging system can enable revolutionary capabilities, present a new approach to application development that is more similar to field programmable gate array (FPGA) based design than to application specific integrated circuits (ASIC) design, and to develop the underlying theory and algorithms that learn to collect the most valuable information when the sensor can be configured for a variety of measurements. The ReImagine program aims to demonstrate that a single readout integrated circuit (ROIC) architecture can be configured to accommodate multiple modes of imaging operations that may be defined after the chip has been designed. With the use of 3-D integration, it will be possible to customize the sensor to interface with virtually any type of imaging sensor and to optimize it for any spectral band (e.g. ultraviolet (UV) through very long-wave infrared (VLWIR)). More importantly, it will be possible to adapt the mode of operation either through manual user control, through preset routines that can change many times per second, or in response to context derived from the scene being observed.”

Proposers can submit proposals in the following Technical Areas:

  • TA1: Single or multi-color passive imager architecture and algorithms
  • TA2: Hybrid active/passive imager architecture and algorithms
  • TA3: Innovative concepts for imaging systems with internal feedback

Proposals are due November 10, 2016.  The Proposers Day is September 30, 2016.  The program manager is Dr. Jay Lewis.


Illustration showing the three layers of the notional ReImagine architecture and the baseline circuit functionality in each layer. The circled numbers refer to the components described in the text above.  Image Credit: DARPA.

DARPA Safe Genes BAA

DARPA BTO has released the Safe Genes BAA, DARPA-BAA-16-59.  The Safe Genes program will “create biological capabilities that enable the safe pursuit of advanced genome editing applications and protect against potential engineered genetic threats.”

To bridge the gap between the current technological landscape and the future transformative applications of genome editing tools and engineered organisms, the Safe Genes program seeks research proposals that will lay the foundation for a set of layered, modular, and adaptable solutions to address the broadest range of emergent opportunities and future biodefense capabilities. First, proposers will be asked to design and develop the genetic circuitry and genome editing machinery for robust spatial, temporal, and reversible control of genome editing activity in living systems. Second, small molecules and/or strategies to provide prophylactic and treatment solutions that prevent or limit genome editing activity and protect the genome integrity of organisms and populations will be developed. Finally, proposers should develop “genetic remediation” strategies that eliminate unwanted engineered genes from a broad range of complex population and environmental contexts to restore systems to functional and genetic baseline state. Overall success in these endeavors will create a foundation for translational applications of genome editing technologies while protecting against intentional or accidental misuse of these tools.”

The program consists of three Technical Areas (TAs) to be addressed concurrently:

  • TA1: control of genome editing activity
  • TA2: countermeasures and prophylaxis
  • TA3: genetic remediation

Eight (8) page proposal abstracts are due October 6, 2016, full proposals are due November 17, 2016.  The Proposers Day is September 30, 2016.


Figure: DARPA Safe Genes Program Overview.  Image credit: DARPA.


ONR has announced a Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) award to Ram Photonics, LLC of San Diego, CA.  The name of the project is “Nonlinear-DSP-Enabled RF-Photonic Link” and the award amount is $497,347.