OSP FO# 11-024

AGENCY: Department of Defense (DOD)/Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)/Microsystems Technology Office (MTO)

PROGRAM: Direct Digital to High Power Analog Conversion Technology (PowerDAC)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding for research that will enable the combining of digital to analog conversion and high-power amplification into a single component technology realizing revolutionary advantages. These advantages include dramatically advancing the state of art in the ability to simultaneously achieve high power, large bandwidth, high efficiency and high linearity at radio frequencies (RF) and microwave frequencies.

PowerDAC seeks to overcome significant technical obstacles by developing integrated circuits and microsystem architectures capable of efficiently producing high-NPR signals over multi-gigahertz bandwidth at very high power. To achieve this performance, new architectures may be required, such as, but not limited to: high power implementations of digital to analog converters; distributed transversal finite impulse response (FIR) filters; rapidly-tunable, high power, broadband active filters, and; broadband, efficient power combining. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in architectures, devices, or microsystems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice, and approaches that will not result in a revolutionary improvement in the ability to simultaneously achieve high output power, high efficiency, high linearity and broadband operation.

DEADLINES: February 28, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: Multiple awards are anticipated. Total funding for all awards is limited to approximately $18 million and not to exceed 24 months. Funding levels vary according to the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Dr. Daniel Purdy
DARPA/MTO
ATTN: DARPA-BAA-11-12
3701 North Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203-1714
Phone: (571) 218-4646
Fax: (703) 248-8070
Email: DARPA-BAA-11-12@darpa.mil
Web: http://www.darpa.mil/mto/solicitations
http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=64693

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically using the Grants.gov system. Instructions and forms are available on the Grants.Gov website (http://www.grants.gov). Additional information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP website at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/. Please contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to your school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through the Grants.gov system.

Complete program guidelines and application material (DARPA-BAA-11-12) may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.