On June 2, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) posted a draft BAA for its Ithildin program (Solicitation Number: IARPA-BAA-17-04). Feedback is due on June 14.
The Intelligence Advance Research Projects Activity (IARPA) is seeking interested parties to thoroughly review the Draft BAA Funding Opportunity Description and provide comments, questions, suggested changes, and feedback by June 14, 2017.
The goal of the Ithildin program is to develop novel sorbent materials for chemical sampling and storage, with a focus on providing enhanced sorbent capabilities at the molecular, nanoscale and mesoscale level of the sorbent itself, independent of a sampler system design. In essence, we want to make the sorbent itself “smart”, improving efficiency and capability by shifting functionality from the macroscopic sampler system or filter to the level of the basic chemical interactions between sorbent and sorbate.
For the Ithildin program, the desired enhanced capabilities are described by four separate Capability Thrust Areas:
- Selective Sorption Enhancement – Preferential sorption of target chemicals or chemical classes of interest, while retaining the capability to collect broad-spectrum background
- Clutter Rejection – Preferential rejection of high-abundance clutter materials, such as water or hydrocarbons
- Temporal Fidelity – Capability to activate/deactivate the sorbent material based on mechanical, physical or temporal triggers
- Remote Indicators – A remotely detectable signature indicative of sorption of a specific target or target class
IARPA does not anticipate posting responses to any comments, questions, suggested changes, and/or feedback received; however, all input will be considered in developing the Final BAA. Additionally, the Draft BAA Funding Opportunity Description is subject to change in the development of the Final BAA as a result of IARPA’s consideration of the input received from interested parties in response to the Draft BAA.
Full information is available here.