OSP FO# 11-059

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

PROGRAM: Microscale Plasma Devices (MPD)

OBJECTIVES: This program is seeking innovative proposals in the area of design, development and characterization of microscale plasma device (MPD) technologies. Envisioned MPDs will consist of two and multi-terminal components that enable, circuits, substrates and controllable surfaces, for robust operation in extreme radiation and temperature environments. The goal of the program is to design, develop, and characterize MPD technologies, circuits, and substrates. This program envisions that both two and multi-terminal devices consisting of various architectures will be developed and optimized. Proposers are strongly encouraged to provide a compelling case on how their proposed approach will enable novel future Department of Defense and commercial applications. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.

The MPD program is divided into two separate Technical Areas outlined, and delineated by specified research objectives:

  • Technical Area 1 will advance fundamental understanding of microscale plasma devices and sciences for one or more key design parameters. It is expected that proposers to Technical Area 1 will develop innovative concepts and technologies that are clearly disruptive with respect to current state of art.
  • Technical Area 2 will result in the design, modeling, and fabrication of microscale plasma devices targeting advances in specified performance objectives, and culminate in the development of design tools for future MPD applications. It is envisioned that proposers to Technical Area 2 may build on existing device concepts to simultaneously optimize specified parameters and objectives.

Proposers may address one or both Technical Areas, and cross-disciplinary teaming arrangements are encouraged to meet the objectives described. For Technical Area 1, it is the applicant’s responsibility to propose appropriate, quantitative performance objectives that clearly demonstrate innovation and advancement in the state of art. Proposers to Technical Area 2 are required to address the performance objectives listed in Table 1 (included in the full program announcement), by including a completed summary table in their proposal.

A realistic program trajectory for achieving the MPD program objectives must be provided within the proposal. The expected period of performance must be specified, and successful proposals will include realistic interim objectives, testing, and deliverables to the Government.

Please see program announcement for further program details.

Proposal Abstract (strongly encouraged): April 19, 2011, 12pm Eastern
Full Proposal: June 7, 2011, 12pm Eastern

FUNDING INFORMATION: Multiple awards are anticipated. The amount of resources made available will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. It is anticipated that the period of performance for this program will be approximately three years in total.

Dr. Dan Purdy
Program Manager
3701 North Fairfax Drive
Arlington, Virginia 22203-1714
Telephone: (703) 351-8468
Email: DARPA-BAA-11-31@darpa.mil
Web:  http://www.darpa.mil/Opportunities/Solicitations/MTO_Solicitations.aspx

REMARKS: All abstracts sent in response to DARPA-BAA-11-31 must be submitted through T-FIMS. Abstracts may not be submitted through any other means, including grants.gov or hardcopy. The cover sheet should be clearly marked “ABSTRACT” and the total length should not exceed 10 pages, excluding cover page.

Full proposals may be submitted through the T-FIMS application or through the Grants.gov system. Grant or cooperative agreement proposals may only be submitted to DARPA through Grants.gov or in hard-copy. Applications cannot be submitted in part to Grants.gov and in part as a hard-copy. Instructions and forms are available on the Grants.Gov web site (http://www.grants.gov). Additional information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP web site at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/. Investigators should contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to their school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through the Grants.gov system.

Complete program guidelines and application material (DARPA-BAA-11-31) may be obtained from the web sites 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.