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Microsystems Technology Office-Wide


Monday, September 01, 2014


The Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) supports DARPA’s mission of maintaining technological superiority and preventing technological surprise by investing in areas such as microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), electronics, system architecture, photonics, and biotechnology. In recent years, the proliferation of commercial components and manufacturing processes has allowed our adversaries to achieve capabilities that were previously not possible.

In response, DARPA/MTO is dedicated to pursuing avenues that leverage, counter, and transcend these commercial-off-the-shelf approaches (COTS). MTO aims to leverage and multiply the power of COTS by aggregating, adapting, and integrating components into networks and systems for the benefit of the warfighter. We create methods for countering threats that emerge from sustained advancements in cheap and readily available technologies that our adversaries may employ. Lastly, MTO develops high-risk, high-reward technologies outside and beyond the scope of the commercial industry to secure the DoD’s technological superiority. By continuing to drive revolutionary capabilities, we seek to “un-level” the playing field.

MTO regularly publishes Broad Agency Announcements requesting responses to specific program topics. This announcement seeks revolutionary research ideas for topics not being addressed by ongoing MTO programs or other published BAA solicitations. This

BAA is primarily, but not solely, intended for early stage research (studies) that may lead to larger, focused, MTO programs in the future. Studies are defined as single phase efforts of short duration ( 12 months) costing less than $1,000,000. Whereas proposers are strongly encouraged to submit studies to this BAA, multi-phase efforts will also be considered. Multiphase efforts are defined as efforts ith more than one phase that may span longer than 12 months and that may cost more than $1,000,000. Multi-phase efforts must also cover clearly identifiable research topic areas with quantitative technical metrics. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice, or that commercial industry is likely to develop on its own. Potential bidders are highly encouraged to review the current MTO programs listed on the MTO website at: and other MTO solicitations list at: to avoid proposing efforts to this BAA that duplicate existing activities or that are responsive to other published MTO BAAs. Contacting MTO program managers to discuss research interests is also encouraged. Research areas of current interest in MTO include, but are not limited to, the following topics:
1.   Heterogeneous Integration
2.   Emerging MEMs Technologies
3.   Energy-Efficient Computing
4.   Non-Silicon Electronics
5.   Novel Photonic Devices
6.   Quantum Devices
7.   Hardware Assurance, Reliability & Validation
8.   Low Volume Microsystems Manufacturing
9.   Signal Processing Hardware
10.   Low Power Electronics
11.   Thermal Management
12.   Advanced Imaging Architectures
13.   Photonic & Electronic Interconnects
14.   Microsystem Design & CAD
15.   Biological & Biomedical Microsystems
16.  Chip Scale Sensors
17.  Microsystems for Directed Energy
18.   Microsystems for Precision Navigation & Timing
19.  Microsystems for RF/Optical Transceivers
20.   Other Microsystems Technology Topic Areas

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