DARPA announces details of its upcoming “Doing Business with DARPA Workshop”
On March 6, The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) posted the following notice advising vendors of its “Doing Business with DARPA Workshop,” which will take place on April 24 in Atlanta, GA:
DARPA has a singular mission: to make seminal investments in breakthrough technologies for national security. Through its investments, DARPA catalyzes the development of new capabilities that give the Nation technology-based options for preventing-and creating-strategic surprise. DARPA is designed to pursue opportunities for transformational change rather than incremental advances, and does so collaboratively as part of a robust innovation ecosystem that includes academic, corporate, and governmental partners.
DARPA’s scientific investigations span the gamut from laboratory efforts to the creation of full-scale technology demonstrations in the fields of biology, medicine, computer science, chemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics, material sciences, social sciences, neurosciences and more. Today, DARPA is helping to build a future in which we can do extraordinary things: fully control the electromagnetic spectrum for communications, sensing, and imaging; provide precise and accurate position and timing that isn’t reliant on GPS; wield cyber as a military capability with confidence in our own cybersecurity; increase access to and through space by lowering its cost; and open new operational regimes with advanced platforms and weapons. To build a strong foundation for tomorrow’s military systems, we are catalyzing an advanced technology base in new areas of information technology, electronics, and materials science, as well as new technologies emerging from the biological sciences.
In an effort to inspire organizations to join its innovation ecosystem, DARPA’s Security and Intelligence Directorate and Contracts Management Office will host a “Doing Business with DARPA Workshop” on April 24, 2015 from 0800-1200 at the Westin Hotel, Atlanta, GA. This event is intended specifically for small companies that do not possess a DoD Facility Clearance but are interested in becoming eligible to perform on classified programs.
The goal of the workshop is to educate attendees about DoD processes associated with classified and controlled unclassified information contracts. The DARPA Contracts Management Office will explain DARPA funding opportunities available through the Small Business Innovation Research Program, Small Business Technology Transfer Program, and Broad Agency Announcements; the DARPA Industrial Security and International Security sections will address questions pertaining to Export Control and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR); and the Defense Security Service Facility Clearance Branch will explain the processes for obtaining facility and personnel security clearances, to include issues such as Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence (FOCI) mitigation.
Admission is free, but attendance is limited, and pre-registration is required. Full information is available here.