DARPA BTO has announced an award to Columbia University, New York for the Biological Control Program, BAA number DARPA-BAA-16-17. The award amount is $3,013,454 with not to exceed options of $4,602,696.
The Biological Control Program program will “demonstrate tools to rationally design and implement multiscale, closed-loop control of biological systems, through the development of biological controllers, testbeds to evaluate control of system-level behavior, and theory and models to predict and design effective control strategies. The resulting capabilities will be inherently generalizable to a variety of biological systems. Successful teams will integrate and apply these capabilities to demonstrate a practical proof-of-principle biological solution to a proposer-defined application relevant to the DoD.”
The program manager is Dr. Elizabeth Strychalski.