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DARPA DIGET Proposers Day – Detect It with Gene Editing Technologies
December 11, 2019
The Biological Technologies Office (BTO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is hosting a Proposers Day for the potential proposer community in support of a planned Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the DIGET (Detect It with Gene Editing Technologies) Program.
The Proposers Day will be held on December 11, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM ET at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, GA.
The DoD requires timely and comprehensive threat detection to support overall readiness, counter the spread of disease, and promote stabilization missions. The DIGET program aims to deliver this capability, leveraging advances in gene editing technologies to develop low-cost, high-trust, rapidly reconfigurable, and fieldable diagnostic (Dx) and biosurveillance (BSV) technologies to enable detection of any threat, anytime, anywhere.
The Proposers Day goals include:
1. Introduce the DIGET program vision and goals;
2. Explain the mechanics of a DARPA program in general and the objectives and milestones
of this program in particular; and
3. Encourage and promote teaming arrangements among organizations that have the relevant
expertise, research facilities, and capabilities for executing research and development
responsive to the DIGET program goals.
The Proposers Day will include brief overview presentations by government personnel as well as
an information session to respond to questions from participants. Potential performers can
highlight their technical capabilities through “lightning” talks such that teaming relationships can
be developed. Lightning talk presentations will be made accessible to the proposer community on
the DIGET program website after presentation at the Proposers Day. It is expected that DIGET
will require strong teaming efforts to successfully innovate and integrate critical technologies
necessary to meet the metrics of the program. Private sidebar meetings with the DARPA
government team and potential proposer teams can be scheduled beforehand on the registration
Attendance at this event is not a requirement for submission of a proposal or selection for funding.
Information relayed during the Proposers Day will be made available on the BTO section of the
DARPA Opportunities page: http://www.darpa.mil/work-with-us/opportunities.
Interested attendees are invited to present a brief one-slide PowerPoint summary of their interests, capabilities, and teaming goals. Speakers will be allowed 3 minutes for discussion during a
“lightning” presentation session at Proposers Day. Presentations consisting of multiple slides will
not be granted a time slot. Requests for lightning talks and sidebar meetings will be accepted on
a first-come basis. All presentations must be emailed to DARPA-SNfirstname.lastname@example.org
no later than 12:00 PM ET on December 2, 2019. Specific content, communications, networking,
and team formation are the sole responsibility of the participants.
PLEASE NOTE: Registration closes on December 2, 2019 at 12:00 PM ET.
Registration is limited by the venue capacity, and early registration is strongly recommended. The
registration cutoff date is December 2, 2019 at 12:00 PM EST, or once attendance capacity is met,
whichever comes first. There will be no on-site registration.
Participants must register in advance through the registration website. There will be a $25
registration fee for the Proposers Day. Early registration is strongly recommended. Due to space
limitations, attendance for the Proposers Day will be limited to the first 150 registrants. Interested
parties are encouraged to coordinate attendance internally within their organizations prior to
registration. Attendance is limited to no more than two representatives per division/department.
Individuals that are unable to register because the deadline has occurred or capacity has been
reached will be added to a waitlist. If slots remain open after registration closes or become
available due to cancellations, the slots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis from the
waitlist. An online registration form and various other meeting details can be found at the
registration website: https://events.sa-meetings.com/DIGETProposersDay.
Potential proposing teams are not required to attend Proposers Day, although participation is