A new DARPA program is exploring the potential for dissolved organic matter, phytoplankton, zooplankton, and even microplastics to continually refuel, and thus extend the mission life, of ocean-deployed sensors. The BioLogical Underwater Energy, or BLUE, program seeks to solve the energy problem with low environmental impact using these abundant and energy-dense forms of marine biomass and other substances.
Commercial drone technology is advancing rapidly, providing cost-effective and robust capabilities for a variety of civil and military missions. DARPA's Rapid Experimental Missionized Autonomy (REMA) program aims to enable a drone to autonomously continue its predefined mission when connection to the operator is lost. The program is focused on constantly providing new agnostic drone autonomy capabilities for transition in one-month intervals to outpace adversarial countermeasures. REMA progressed from program announcement to contract awards in just 70 business days.
DARPA's new Establishing Qualification Processes for Agile Pharmaceutical Manufacturing (EQUIP-A-Pharma) program seeks to demonstrate a real-time digital regulatory approval framework for multiple finished drug products produced on a single reprogrammable hardware platform. The program aims to support up to four pilot agile pharmaceutical manufacturing sites that will generate the data required to inform the creation of a future regulatory framework.
Technological advances and changes in economic conditions are shifting the skills needed to build an adaptive and successful workforce. As underscored in the 2023 National Defense Science & Technology Strategy, the United States cannot create 21st-century capabilities using 20th-century education practices. The World Economic Forum (WEF) further predicts that by 2025, 50% of all workers worldwide will need reskilling to compete in the market. The increasing reliance on technology in jobs across the market has imposed additional challenges for the workforce, especially for those from low-income and historically marginalized populations.
We usually think of materials based on our experience in the natural world. For example, something that's light is usually fragile (like a feather) or something heavy is usually strong (like a brick). But what if we could engineer a material that had completely new characteristics that defied properties found in nature? Engineered materials, also known as metamaterials, allow us to do just that.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is hosting an in-person gathering in San Francisco Feb. 21-22 to engage with science and technology companies, universities, and other research and engineering organizations interested in exploring scientific areas ripe for disruption. The event, called Discover DSO Day (D3), is sponsored by DARPA's Defense Sciences Office (DSO), whose goal is to identify and pursue high-risk, high-payoff research initiatives across a broad spectrum of science and engineering disciplines and transform them into important, new game-changing technologies for U.S. national security.
DARPA has selected Aurora Flight Sciences to build a full-scale X-plane to demonstrate the viability of using active flow control (AFC) actuators for primary flight control. The award is Phase 3 of the Control of Revolutionary Aircraft with Novel Effectors (CRANE) program.
DARPA's Underexplored Systems for Utility-Scale Quantum Computing (US2QC) program seeks to determine whether an underexplored approach to quantum computing can achieve utility-scale operation - meaning its computational value exceeds its cost - faster than conventional predictions.
Registration for DARPA's AI Cyber Challenge (AIxCC) is now open. The Small Business Track submission deadline is January 15, 2024 and the Open Track submission deadline is April 30, 2024. More details are available below and in the streaming video announcement from DARPA program manager Perri Adams.
A team of researchers working on DARPA's Optimization with Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum devices (ONISQ) program has created the first-ever quantum circuit with logical quantum bits (qubits), a key discovery that could accelerate fault-tolerant quantum computing and revolutionize concepts for designing quantum computer processors.
DARPA has selected 14 companies for the 10-Year Lunar Architecture (LunA-10) Capability Study, which aims to catalyze the setup of a future civil lunar framework for peaceful U.S. and international use.
Established in 2006, the DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) program aims to identify and engage rising academics in early-career research positions - particularly those without prior DARPA funding - and expose them to Department of Defense (DOD) needs and DARPA's mission to create and prevent technological surprise. The YFA program provides high-impact funding to researchers at U.S. institutions early in their careers to advance innovative research enabling transformative DOD capabilities. The long-term goal of the YFA program is to build a pipeline for the next generation of academic scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who will focus a significant portion of their career on DOD and national security issues.
DARPA is seeking collaboration that will shape the Next-Generation Microelectronics Manufacturing (NGMM) program - an effort to help usher in a new era of microchips and their future applications.
Researchers in academia and from equivalent positions at non-profit research institutions may submit executive summaries and proposals to almost two dozen new technical topics recently released in DARPA's latest Young Faculty Award (YFA) research announcement. This announcement includes an additional open topic covering six thrust areas specific to DARPA's Defense Sciences Office (DSO).
DARPA is seeking self-funded teams to participate in the DARPA Triage Challenge, a series of events to spur development of novel physiological features for medical triage. The DARPA Triage Challenge aims to drive breakthrough innovations in identification of "signatures" of injury that will help medical responders perform scalable, timely, and accurate triage. Of particular interest are mass casualty incidents, in both civilian and military settings, when medical resources are limited relative to the need.