- The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) was established in 1958 to prevent strategic surprise from negatively impacting U.S. national security and create strategic surprise for U.S. adversaries by maintaining the technological superiority of the U.S. military.
- Contact Information: 703) 526-6630 . . . . http://www.darpa.mil/
DARPA’s . . .
Mission is to maintain the technological superiority of the U.S. military and prevent technological surprise from harming our national security by sponsoring revolutionary, high-payoff research bridging the gap between fundamental discoveries and their military use.
Over the years, DARPA has worked to enhance our national security by funding research and technology development that not only have improved our military capabilities but have changed the way we live. Since the very beginning, DARPA has been the place for people with innovative ideas that lead to groundbreaking discoveries.
DARPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR), and Small Business Programs reflect the Agency’s compliance with the small business program goals set by DoD’s Office of Small Business Programs. DoD OSBP is the policy office that advises the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and Under Secretary of Defense (USD) for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics (AT&L) on small business acquisition programs. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) maintains Federal government-wide oversight of all small business procurement.
DARPA’s small business program consists of two parts— (1) small business prime contracting and (2) prime contractors' subcontracting with small business concerns.
DARPA’s acquisition strategies are structured to facilitate small business participation, either directly or indirectly, by fostering small business teaming. Under FAR 9.602, a team arrangement occurs when two or more small businesses form a partnership to compete on a consolidated contract or a potential prime contractor agrees with one or more firms to have them act as subcontractors if the team is awarded a contract. An advantage of teaming is that small business teams can maximize complementary skills, resources and capabilities to exceed those of any single contractor on the team and minimize their risks.
DARPA uses two solicitation methods: (1) Broad Agency Announcements and (2) Requests for Proposal (RFPs). Most of DARPA’s solicitations are for research and development and are accomplished through the more flexible BAAs. BAAs are a streamlined method used to advertise and solicit contractors for DARPA research interests in certain program areas. See FAR 6.102 and 35.016and the Competition in Contracting Act of 1984.
Although infrequently used, a secondary solicitation method for FAR-based procurement contracts is the RFP. RFPs are a formal competitive means of soliciting proposals in response to government requirements for supplies and services in excess of the simplified acquisition threshold.
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Current Solicitations . . .
Defense Sciences Office Solicitations
- DARPA-PA-11-52: Cyber Fast Track, Response Date 8/03/2012
This Program Announcement (PA) seeks to revolutionize cyber technologies by promoting nontraditional technical opportunities. The Cyber Fast Track (CFT) program will engage numerous cyber related efforts across the spectrum of computer and network operations (CNO) to demonstrate that cyber efforts can be accomplished rapidly and cost effectively. This effort intends to extend the existing performer base to include non‐standard, cutting edge organizations and individuals throughout the cyber community, thereby strengthening the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Cyber Security capabilities. One goal of this program is to demonstrate the ability for cyber projects to be performed at an asymmetric advantage in time, cost, and contribution of the efforts in comparison to more traditional applied research areas. This will apply to both performance of individual efforts and to the contracting required to engage performers in said efforts.
Microsystems Technology Office Solicitations
- DARPA-BAA-10-35: Microsystems Technology Office-wide, Response Date 9/1/2012
The Microsystems Technology Office’s (MTO) mission is to exploit breakthroughs in materials, devices, circuits, and mathematics to develop beyond leading edge Microsystems components with revolutionary performance and functionality to enable new platform capability for the Department of Defense. To execute this mission, MTO supports revolutionary research in electronics, photonics, MEMS, algorithms, and combined Microsystems technology to deliver new capabilities to sense, communicate, energize, actuate, and process data and information for the war fighter.
- DARPA-BAA-12-50: Intrachip/Interchip Enhanced Cooling Fundamentals (ICECool Fundamentals), Response Date 8/30/2012
The ICECool Fundamentals thrust is the first step toward achieving the goals of the ICECool program and will develop the fundamental building blocks of intra- and interchip evaporative microfluidic cooling. ICECool Fundamentals will develop and demonstrate the microfabrication techniques needed to implement evaporative microfluidics in multiply-microchanneled semiconductor wafers and study, model, and correlate the thermofluidic characteristics of evaporative flows in such microchannel flow loops within individual chips and/or in the microgaps between chips in 3D stacks.
Strategic Technology Office Solicitations
- DARPA-BAA-12-09: Strategic Technology Office (STO) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), Response Date 1/12/2013
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Strategic Technology Office (STO) is soliciting innovative proposals under this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the performance of research, development, design, and testing that directly supports Strategic Technology Office (STO). This includes Finding Difficult Targets; Communications, Networks and Electronic Warfare; Shaping the Environment; and Foundational Technologies that support multiple STO focus areas.
- DARPA-BAA-12-28: Assured Arctic Awareness, Response Date 9/12/2012
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals for technology supportive of Arctic situation awareness. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems.
Assured Arctic Awareness (Triple A)Defence RD (DRDC)NSF’s Arctic Research Support & Logistics Program
Arlington VA 22203