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DARPA Seeks Biological Technology Innovations Through Streamlined BAA Process


The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Biological Technologies Office (DARPA BTO) is currently accepting proposals under its streamlined funding process, the Biological Technologies EZ Broad Agency Announcement (EZ BAA).

DARPA BTO seeks to leverage advances in engineering and computer science to drive and reshape biotechnology for national security. This includes a range of emerging technical areas such as human-machine interfaces, human performance, infectious disease, and synthetic biology.

Sample areas of interest include:

  • New platform technologies that integrate, automate, and miniaturize the collection, processing, and analysis of biological samples in extreme environments
  • 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
  • Novel findings from neuroscience, psychology, cognitive science, and related disciplines to advance treatment and resilience in neurological health
  • New technologies and approaches that ensure biosafety, biosecurity, and protection of the bioeconomy
  • Interfaces between the biological and physical world to enable seamless hybrid systems.
  • Engineering of biological systems, such as cells, tissues, organs, organisms, and complex communities
  • 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.
  • New technologies that can be applied to agricultural ecosystems for production stabilization, by improving quality or reducing losses from pathogens or pests
  • Insights on non-human biology across and between populations of microbes, insects, plants, marine life, and other non-human biologic entities.
  • Understanding emerging threats to global food and water supplies and developing countermeasures that can be implemented on regional or global scales.

According to the announcement, the amount of resources made available under this BAA will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds.

Further details are available via Solicitation Number: HR001117S0005. The deadline to submit proposals is 21 Nov 2017.

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