The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency(DARPA) often selects its research efforts
through the Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) process. This BAA is being issued, and any
resultant selection will be made, using procedures under Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)
35.016 and the Department of Defense Grant and Agreement Regulatory System (DoDGARS)
Part 22 for Grants and Cooperative Agreements. Any negotiations and/or awards will use
procedures under FAR 15.4, Contract Pricing, as specified in the BAA (including DoDGARS
Part 22 for Grants and Cooperative Agreements). Proposals received as a result of this BAA
shall be evaluated in accordance with evaluation criteria specified herein through a scientific
DARPA BAAs are posted on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website,
http://www.fbo.gov/, and, as applicable, the Grants.gov website at http://www.grants.gov/. The
following information is for those wishing to respond to the BAA.
Since its inception in 1992, DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) has helped
create and prevent strategic surprise through investments in compact microelectronic
components such as microprocessors, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), and photonic
devices. MTO’s revolutionary work applying advanced capabilities in areas such as wide-band
gap materials, phased array radars, high-energy lasers and infrared imaging have helped the
United States establish and maintain technological superiority for more than two decades. As
MTO evolves to address future challenges in microsystems, the office has identified four target
problem areas: (1) our critical reliance on the electromagnetic spectrum, (2) the decentralization
of effects within the battlefield, (3) the impending end of Moore’s law, and (4) embracing and
thriving in the internationalized technology base. There is inherent overlap between these spaces
which is rife with opportunity to explore solutions.
Electromagnetic Spectrum - The electromagnetic spectrum is the heart of current and
future warfare, but it remains highly contested and congested. The future of info-centric
warfare will require electromagnetic access for collecting and distributing information.
Decentralization - The ability to update underlying capabilities in large and massively
complex systems inexpensively and quickly is crucial to avoid outdated and inferior
electronics. The increasing complexity of our major military systems precludes rapid
change so it is essential that we move towards a new model that allows for quick adoption
of new and modern electronics.
Information Microsystems - The need to process significantly more and complex data than
ever before continues to increase even as the end of Moore’s Law quickly approaches (or
is already here). Our computing systems must have the capabilities to handle this ever
increasing demand in new ways, exploring new architectures, algorithms/signal
processing, and hardware.
Globalization - As our world becomes more globalized, fabrication must be on a grounded
component base that we trust and believe will work when we need it. As the 6
manufacturing of components abroad increases, we must embrace the global capabilities
that will lead to affordable systems, while maintaining trust.
For more information, please visit:
Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) Office Wide BAA