The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals of interest to defense and national security. Unconventional approaches that are outside the mainstream are sought, undertaking directions that challenge assumptions and have the potential to radically change established practice.
Specifically excluded is research that results primarily in evolutionary improvements to the existing state-of-the-art.
Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Biomedical research
- Rapid response protective or therapeutic treatments for biological and chemical
- Preventing and countering effects of nuclear and radiological weapons
- WMD remediation and neutralization techniques
- Neuro-technology and neuroscience research, tools and applications
- Modeling of biological systems; biomimetic and bio-inspired technologies
- New ways to assess, optimize, and restore human performance
- Bioelectronic and biophotonic interfaces
- New methods for direct manipulation and control of biomaterials
- Combat casualty care techniques
- Robotic and autonomous technologies
- Materials science research
- Quantum science and technologies
- Power and energy research
- Applied mathematics
- Advanced technologies for manufacturing
- Radically new ways of conducting scientific research
Further details of the DARPA Broad Agency Announcement issued May 2, 2013 are available under Solicitation Number: DARPA-BAA-13-20.
The announcement states DARPA Defense Science Office preference for submission of white papers in advance of full proposals for quick feedback on whether the topic is of interest.