OSP FO# 11-124

AGENCY: Department of Defense (DOD)/Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)/Defense Sciences Office (DSO)

PROGRAM: Defense Sciences Research & Technology

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to identify and pursue the most promising research initiatives within a broad spectrum of the science and engineering research communities and to develop those initiatives into important, radically new military capabilities. In addition, DSO is looking for research ideas and areas that might lead to innovations in science and engineering. To this end, DSO is soliciting proposals for advanced research and development in a variety of enabling technical areas as described below. Proposals may be either basic or applied research. However, in all cases, applicants should demonstrate that their proposed effort is aimed at high-risk/high-payoff technologies that have the potential for making revolutionary rather than incremental improvements to national security, including emerging threats and operational challenges. Proposals that are not within the topical areas described below may be considered out of scope and not evaluated. Likewise, proposals that are not research, but rather integration of technologies or systems development will also be considered out of scope and will not be evaluated.

The DSO invites project proposals that fall within the following topic areas:

Physical Sciences – Specific areas of interest are:

1) Quantum Science and Technology – DSO is interested in experimental and theoretical research that advances our understanding of quantum science and technology to create fundamentally new capabilities based on manifestly quantum mechanical behavior including entanglement, Bose–Einstein condensate (BEC), atom interferometry, single photon characteristics, and other related phenomena.

2) Physics of Nano-Materials and Devices – DSO is interested in fundamental and applied research in nano-materials, design methodologies, and potential device application (e.g., navigation, communication, and sensing of chemical, biological, optical, infrared, acoustic, magnetic, and other signals of interest).

3) Lasers and Photonics – DSO is interested in basic research in lasers and amplifiers, including laser materials, architectures, wavebands and applications (e.g., communications, imaging, spectroscopy), and fundamental photon/material interactions as enablers of novel photonic components including nano-photonic, micro-fluidic, and holographic.

Material Science – Specific areas of interest are:

1) Basic Material Science Research – DSO is interested in exploring fundamental materials science for creating new defense capabilities.

2) Structural Materials – DSO is interested in research aimed at creating new materials opportunities and discoveries that might change how the military operates.

3) Functional Materials – DSO is interested in research aimed at adaptive electromagnetic and optical materials, novel metamaterials, and surfaces and interfaces with unique functionality.

4) Power and Energy – DSO is interested in research that can lead to portable, efficient, high energy density and compact power technologies that increase our military’s reach, decrease the logistics burden, and improve the overall effectiveness, especially for distributed and net-centric operations.

5) Manufacturing Science and Technology – DSO is interested in innovative research addressing reliable, robust, and cost-effective manufacturing technologies that meet DoD needs for critical defense-specific materials and components.

Biology – DARPA is interested in fundamental and applied research in the biological sciences across all scales (e.g., quantum to ecological) to contribute to defense capabilities including development of synergies with other disciplines.

Neuroscience – Specific areas of interest are:

1) Basic Neuroscience Research – DSO is interested in neuroscience research ideas enabling innovation in the science and technology for improved human performance, specifically to overcome the challenges encountered in the operational environment. The areas for research may span fundamental, applied, and computational neuroscience.

2) Operational Neuroscience – DSO is interested in research aimed at the use of neuroscience tools and techniques to design systems, train individuals, and measure the cognitive state in military settings.

Mathematics – DSO is interested in fundamental mathematical research to build the foundation for advanced science and technology programs including collaborations among the other core technologies listed under this program, and novel computational architectures that simplify programming and increase the efficiency of distributed computational systems.

Proposal Abstract (recommended): submitted any time before August 9, 2011 4 p.m. Eastern. However, applicants should leave sufficient time for technical interactions before the due date of the full proposal.
Full Proposal: August 9, 2011; 4 p.m. Eastern

FUNDING INFORMATION: The DSO anticipates that it will award multiple grants under this program. The amount of resources made available to this program will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds.

John Mogford
3701 North Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203-1714
Email: DARPA-BAA-10-55@darpa.mil
Web: http://www.darpa.mil/Opportunities/Solicitations/DARPA_Solicitations.aspx

REMARKS: Proposers are strongly encouraged to submit a Proposal Abstract in advance of a full proposal. Proposal Abstracts and Full Proposals may be submitted in hard copy or using the Grants.gov system. 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-10-55) 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.