DARPA DSO Office-wide Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) – Due 09/26/2024
DSO Office-wide Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA),
Defense Sciences Office (DSO)
The mission of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences
Office (DSO) is to identify and create the next generation of scientific discovery to fuel
innovation throughout the Agency and beyond. DSO serves as “DARPA’s DARPA” by
developing and executing an aggressive and forward leaning portfolio that expands the art of the possible across a broad set of technical areas. DSO aims to create strategic surprise advantage for the DoD by pushing science towards its fundamental limits. We look to prevent technological surprise by understanding the path commercial research and development (R&D) is taking, anticipating that our adversaries will exploit available technology to develop new capabilities in the coming decades. In addition, the office looks for changes at the global scale and the impact such changes may have on our nation.
In support of this mission, the DSO Office-wide BAA invites proposers to submit innovative
basic or applied research concepts or studies and analysis proposals that address one or more of the following technical thrust areas: (1) Novel Materials & Structures, (2) Sensing &
Measurement, (3) Computation & Processing, (4) Enabling Operations, (5) Collective
Intelligence, and (6) Emerging Threats. Each of these thrust areas is described below and
includes a list of example research topics that highlight several (but not all) potential areas of
interest. Proposals must investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances. DSO is explicitly not interested in approaches or technologies that primarily result in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.
Technical Thrust Area Description:
Novel Materials & Structures: This thrust includes, but is not limited to, science and technology in quantum devices, atomic scale systems, and functional and structural materials.
Sensing & Measurement: This thrust includes, but is not limited to, science and technology in quantum sensing and metrology, seeing (sensing) the unseen, and novel light sources.
Computation & Processing: This thrust includes, but is not limited to, science and technology of quantum computing, cryptography, and modeling of complex systems.
Enabling Operations: This thrust includes, but is not limited to, technologies to support space-based operations, tactically remote environments, and resource assurance.
Collective Intelligence: This thrust includes, but is not limited to, exploration of complex social systems, adaptable Artificial Intelligence (AI), and AI-accelerated learning.
Emerging Threats: This thrust includes, but is not limited to, national security concerns related to global issues associated with raw material availability, environmental catastrophes, and digital societies.
All responsible sources capable of satisfying the Government's needs may submit a proposal that shall be considered by DARPA.
September 26, 2024
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