June 22 & 23rd
Special Notice (SN) DARPA-SN-16-39
Defense Sciences Office Proposers Day
June 22-23, 2016
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO)
is sponsoring a two-day Proposers Day event to provide information to potential proposers on
the objectives of an anticipated DSO Office-wide Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). The
event will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, June 22 - 23, 2016 at the DARPA Conference
Center (675 North Randolph Street, Arlington, VA 22203). The event will be webcast for
those who would like to participate remotely. Advance registration is required for both the
physical meeting and the webcast. Note, all times listed in this announcement and on the
registration website are Eastern Time.
The goals of this event are to: (1) familiarize participants with DSO’s mission; (2) promote
understanding of the anticipated Office-wide BAA; and (3) facilitate discussions with
DARPA anticipates releasing the DSO Office-wide BAA in June 2016. If released, the BAA
will be available on the Federal Business Opportunities website at https://www.fbo.gov and on
http://www.grants.gov/. Following the event, presented materials may be posted to
DSO OBJECTIVES AND OFFICE-WIDE BAA DESCRIPTION
The mission of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense
Sciences Office (DSO) is to identify and pursue high-risk, high-payoff research initiatives
across a broad spectrum of science and engineering disciplines and to transform these
initiatives into important, radically new, game-changing technologies for U.S. national
security. In support of this mission, the anticipated DSO Office-wide Broad Agency
Announcement (BAA) will invite proposers to submit innovative basic or applied research
concepts in one or more of the following technical areas:
Mathematics, Modeling, and Design: Development and implementation of advanced
mathematics and modeling tools for applications of interest to U.S. national security.
Example topics include: Novel mathematical advances that accelerate discovery in
physics, chemistry, and materials science; new approaches to electromagnetic
modeling and simulation; major conceptual advances that lead to novel
computation at scale; advanced mathematics and modeling tools needed to
efficiently propagate multiple sources of uncertainty to make accurate predictions
about stochastic, complex systems; representational and computational foundations
for new design approaches and tools; and techniques to enhance the capability for
humans to understand, construct and optimize complex engineering systems.
Physical Systems: Leading-edge experimental and/or theoretical research that
advances our understanding and capabilities for U.S. national security in the physical
Example topics include: Exploring theoretical, experimental and/or technological
boundaries of a topic/technical area to better anticipate technological surprise (e.g.,
How far can we push the performance of optical and imaging systems? Are there
fundamental principles that govern operation and limitations of machine learning
systems? How can emerging gene modification tools affect national security in 5,
10 or 20 years?); emerging areas in quantum science, ranging from quantum
information to novel photonic devices; new computational substrates optimized for
solving complex problems; and new methods for identifying, synthesizing and
utilizing molecules and molecular systems to demonstrate unique
Human-Machine Systems: Research to analyze, understand and optimize human machine/
human-technology systems and system dynamics across a variety of
application areas important for U.S. national security (e.g., materials, part and platform
manufacturing, defense systems, human innovation systems and collaborative military
Example topics include: New approaches, strategies and tools to accelerate and
inspire scientific discovery and innovation; new techniques for knowledge
representation, scientific automation, and data curation technologies; efficient and
effective augmentation of human capabilities with machine interfaces and teams,
including human-machine team-based approaches to accelerate discovery and
application of technology solutions and addressing human-machine
interactions/workloads in dynamic, uncertain environments.
Social Systems: New methods, tools and approaches to explore and better understand
human social systems and dynamics in a national security context.
Example topics: Methods to design and conduct social science research at varying
scales (i.e., small group through city scale); new tools and methods for harnessing
virtual or alternate reality and massively distributed platforms for social science;
studies to determine fundamental measures and causal mechanisms that explain and
predict the emergence of collective identity; understanding resilience in social
networks and structures, changes in cultural norms or beliefs, emergence of
cooperation/competitions and social influences on preferences and cognition; new
tools for identifying, anticipating and responding to changes in states of social systems
Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary
advances. DSO is explicitly not interested in approaches or technologies that primarily
result in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice. Submissions to the
anticipated BAA may be in the form of an executive summary, abstract, or full proposal.
Prior to submitting an abstract or full proposal, proposers are strongly encouraged to first
submit an executive summary as a quick method of ascertaining whether the proposed
concept is (1) applicable to the DSO mission and (2) currently of interest to DSO.
For complete updated information, click here.
Wednesday, June 22 and Thursday, June 23, 2016
(same schedule each day)
Breakout Sessions 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Sidebar Discussions 9:15 AM – 5:25 PM
7:30 AM–8:30 AM Registration & Coffee
8:30 AM–9:00 AM Welcome & Orientation
9:00 AM–9:15 AM Break
9:15 AM–5:00 PM DSO Displays & Networking
9:15 AM–5:25 PM Sidebar Discussions
9:15 AM–10:15 AM Breakout 1: Human-Machine Cooperation and Collaboration
Breakout 2: DARPA 101: Engaging with DARPA and DSO
10:15 AM–10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM–11:30 AM Breakout 3: Opportunities in Quantum Science
Breakout 4: DARPA 102: Universities working with DARPA
11:30 AM–1:30 PM Lunch (provided)
11:45 AM–12:45 PM Breakout 5: Frontiers of Social Science
Breakout 6: Doing Business with DARPA
1:30 PM–2:30 PM Breakout 7: Learning, Modeling, and Modulating Complex Dynamic Systems
Breakout 8: How DARPA Develops Programs
2:30 PM–2:45 PM Break
2:45 PM–3:45 PM
Breakout 9: Frontiers in Optics
Breakout 10: Defining the Frontier for DARPA’s DARPA: Understanding and
Accelerating Technological Revolution
3:45 PM–4:00 PM Break
4:00 PM–5:00 PM Breakout 11: What Are We Missing?
Breakout 12: Complexity in Natural Systems
The DSO Proposers Day event will be held at the DARPA Conference Center (675 North
Randolph Street, Arlington, VA 22203) on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 and Thursday, June
23, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Check‐in begins at 7:30 AM on Wednesday, June 22.
Note, all times listed in this announcement and on the registration website are Eastern Time.
There is no fee for the Proposers Day.
Registration opens: Monday, May 23 at 12:00 PM.
Registration closes: On the date/time noted or when capacity is reached, whichever comes
* Physical attendance: Friday, June 3, 2016 at 5:00 PM
* Webcast attendance: Monday, June 13, 2016 at 5:00 PM
Advance registration is required for attending the Proposers Day via the physical meeting and
for viewing the webcast. Registration is mandatory for every individual intending to view the
webcast either alone or as part of a group. Participants must register to attend the Proposers
Day through the registration website: www.sa-meetings.com/2016DSOProposersDay. There
will be no on‐site registration.
Interested parties are encouraged to coordinate attendance internally within their organizations
prior to registration. Physical attendance is limited to no more than two representatives per
division/department, with a maximum of five attendees from any one organization.
• Due to conference facility space limitations, physical attendance will be limited to the
first 176 registrants.
• Remote participation via webcast is limited to 500 participants.
Registrants in excess of the maximum capacity limitations (176 for physical attendance and
500 for the webcast) will be added to the waitlist. Individuals who are unable to register for
in-person attendance because the deadline has occurred or capacity has been reached will have
the option of choosing to be added to the waitlist OR registering for attendance via webcast. If
slots remain open after registration closes or become available due to cancellations, the slots
will be filled on a first come, first served basis from the waitlist. Registrants will receive
notification regarding acceptance on or before Wednesday, June 8, 2016.
Multiple breakout sessions conducted by DARPA/DSO personnel will be offered both days
during the DSO Proposers Day event. The registration website will ask attendees to select
those breakout sessions in which they wish to participate. Every effort will be made to
accommodate as many sessions of interest as possible.
Special Notice DARPA-SN-16-22 announced opportunities for attendees at the DSO
Proposers Day event to potentially have sidebar meetings with DSO Program Managers. This
Special Notice has closed, and recipients of sidebar meetings have been notified; no additional
sidebars will be scheduled during the DSO Proposers Day event.
Attendance via the webcast or the physical meeting is open to individuals who are U.S.
Citizens, U.S. Permanent Residents, and Foreign Nationals. Upon entry to the physical
meeting, all attendees will be required to present valid, Government-issued photo
All registrants who are not U.S. Citizens must complete and submit a DARPA Form 60 (U.S.
Permanent Resident and Foreign National Visit Request) no later than Wednesday, June 15,
2016 at 5:00 PM. This form and submission instructions are provided on the registration
website and in the registration confirmation email.
* Registration Website: www.sa-meetings.com/2016DSOProposersDay
* Administrative Questions: Address to 2016DSOProposersDay@sainc.com
* Technical Questions: Address to 2016DSOProposersDay@darpa.mil. Please refer to
the DSO Proposers Day in all correspondence.