Monthly Archives: November 2016

DARPA Agile Teams (A-Teams) Proposers Day

DARPA Defense Sciences Office (DSO) has announced the Proposers Day for the Agile Teams (A-Teams) program.

The goal of the Agile Teams (A-Teams) program is to “discover, test, and demonstrate predictive and generalizable mathematical abstractions for the design of agile hybrid teams. Specifically, A-Teams will develop predictive and practically implemented abstractions and algorithms encoding the dynamic co-evolution of team structure and team problem solving strategies. These predictive models will enable team design before beginning collective activity and adaptation during the activity. These models will be validated using multiple experimental testbeds that will reproducibly and quantitatively evaluate hybrid team architectures in a diverse range of problem contexts. The A-Teams program will fundamentally challenge the current paradigm of human-intelligent machine systems design by changing the focus from automation and substitution of human capability with machines to an integrated fabric enabling superior collective problem solving.”

The Proposers Day will be held on December 7, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.  Registration is required and closes December 5, 2016 at 5:00 PM or when capacity is reached.  The registration web site is  The program manager is Dr. John Paschkewitz.

Department of Education 2017 SBIR Phase I BAA

The Department of Education has released their 2017 SBIR Phase 1 Solicitation, ED-IES-17-R-0004.

The following are the priority for projects to be funded:

  • PRIORITY 1: Education Technology Products For Use by Students or Teachers (or other Instructional Personnel) in Authentic Education Settings
  • PRIORITY 2: Education Technology Products For Use by Infants, Toddlers, or Students With or At Risk for Disabilities, or Teachers (or other Instructional Personnel, Related Services Providers, or Family Members) in Early Intervention or Special Education Settings
  • PRIORITY 3: Education Technology Products Used by School Administrators in Authentic Education Settings or in Early Intervention or Special Education Settings

The closing date is January 5, 2017.

DARPA Biological Technologies EZ BAA

DARPA Biological Technologies Office (BTO) has released the Biological Technologies EZ BAA, HR001117S0005.  This BAA seeks “revolutionary research ideas for topics not being addressed by ongoing BTO programs or other published solicitations.”  DARPA BTO has particular interest in proposals from organizations (both small and large business) that have never received Government funding, or who do not normally propose to Government solicitations.

The following are areas of interest:

  • 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 the behavior of biological systems.
  • Developing new tools and capabilities for forward engineering of biological systems, such as 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 new platform technologies that integrate, automate, and miniaturize the collection, processing, and analysis of biological samples in extreme environments (marine, microgravity, desert, etc.).
  • 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 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 regional or global scales.
  • Developing new technologies to treat, prevent, and predict the emergence 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.

The BAA is open from November 21, 2016 through November 21, 2017 with two (2) page abstracts and proposals being accepted on a rolling basis.  Abstracts are strongly encouraged before submitting a full proposal.  Multiple awards are anticipated.

ONR Complex Event Recognition from Open Source Social Media Award

ONR has announced an award for Complex Event Recognition from Open Source Social Media to SRI International in Menlo Park, CA.  The award amount is $1,532,021.

DARPA Synergistic Discovery and Design (SD2) BAA

DARPA I2O has released the Synergistic Discovery and Design (SD2) BAA, HR001117S0003.  This BAA is “soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of data-driven techniques and tools to enable scientific discovery and robust design. Proposed research should investigate innovative, revolutionary approaches to robust design in domains that lack complete models.”

There are five technical areas:

  • TA1 (Data-Centric Scientific Discovery): Develop computational workflows and algorithms to automatically detect significant variations between expected versus observed outcomes (hereafter termed “experimental surprise”); extract patterns, outliers, and design constraints from experimental data at scale; and use patterns to refine models.
  • TA2 (Design in the Context of Uncertainty): Extend engineering and planning formalisms to enable automated refinement of intermediate designs.
  • TA3 (Hypothesis and Design Evaluation): Experimentally evaluate the designs and hypothesized system knowledge generated by TA1 and TA2 in a manner that tests for reproducibility and robustness.
  • TA4 (Data and Analysis Hub): Extend open source tools to virtualize access to computational resources, data, and results in a manner that links multiple labs and research communities.
  • TA5 (Challenge Problem Integrator): Work with domain experts throughout the program to establish quarterly challenge problems to drive development of automated, data-driven methods that accelerate complex system design at scale.

Three page abstract are due December 13, 2016.  The Proposers Day for SD2 was November 11, 2016 and the program manager is Dr. Jennifer Roberts.


Figure: SD2 Program Structure and Workflow

Army Systems Adaptive Red Team /Technical Support and Operational Analysis (ART/TSOA) RFI

The Army has released the Systems Adaptive Red Team /Technical Support and Operational Analysis (ART/TSOA)  RFI.This RFI “invites industry, academia, individuals, and laboratories to submit technology demonstration papers addressing innovative technologies and capabilities that can be used in challenging environments:

  • Physical (Terrain -Natural & Urban)
  • Electronic (Frequency Congestion & Overload)
  • Contested (Electronic Interference, Cyber Attacks, & CBRNE)”

After reviewing the technology demonstration paper submissions, the Government may invite select candidates to participate in an ART/TSOA assessment venue in which the Government evaluates the capabilities as applied to the Warfighter, its technical limitations and vulnerabilities through an enemy perspective. These assessments will be held quarterly at various venues.

The RFI is effective through 31 December 2017, though specific event cut-off dates are listed due to the events for which the submissions are need.

DOT Transportation and Air Quality Near Road Cooperative Research BAA

The Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), has released a BAA for Air Quality Near Read Cooperative Research, BAA DTFH6117R00003.

The purpose of the BAA is to “advance the understanding, practice and application of near road emissions analysis and modeling among state, regional and local transportation and air quality agencies in meeting specific transportation provisions in the Clean Air Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, and to disseminate these techniques and approaches in a timely manner.”

There are four focus areas of interest:

  • Test, Evaluation and Validation of Emission and Dispersion Models and Methodologies
  • Carbon Monoxide in the Near Road Transportation Environment
  • Effects of Roadside Structures, Vegetation or Other Possible Mitigation Techniques on Near Road Air Quality Concentration
  • Interactions and Interrelationship of Near Road Air Quality, Noise, Health, Multiple Pollutants and Other Factors in the Near Road Environment

This is a two-phase BAA.  In the first phase white papers up to seven (7) pages are requested.  Based on white paper evaluations, full proposals will then be requested from white papers of interest.  White papers are due by November 14, 2016.

DARPA Award to Southwest Research Institute

DARPA DSO has announced an award to their Office Wide BAA, DARPA-BAA-16-46, to Southwest Research Institute.  The award amount is $1,240,046.

ONR Award for Research & Development for Enhanced ISR Sensor and System Capability

ONR has announced an award to the DCS Corporation for Research & Development for Enhanced ISR Sensor and System Capability.  The award amount is $5,787,549.42 for the base year and a total of $39,162,307.86 of all options are exercised.

ONR Award to the Mayo Clinic

The Office of Naval Research announced an award to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.  The ward is for Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering and Life Sciences (Except Biotechnology).  The award amount is $149,999.