DARPA posts BAA for Improv program
On March 11, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency posted a broad agency announcement (DARPA-BAA-16-22) for the Improv program. The agency will hold a proposers day webcast on March 29 and 30. Abstracts are due April 13, no later than 4:00pm Eastern. Full proposals are due no later than May 25 at 4:00pm Eastern.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Improv program is soliciting innovative research proposals for prototype products and systems that have the potential to threaten current military operations, equipment, or personnel and are assembled primarily from commercially available technology.
The program definition of “commercially available technology” is largely unrestricted and ranges from generic and widely available technology such as cell phones, to highly specialized, domain-specific technology such as construction, salvage, or surveying equipment.
The technology scope of Improv is broad, and the program is structured to encourage participation by a wide range of technical specialists, researchers, developers, and skilled hobbyists. Proposers are free to reconfigure, repurpose, program, reprogram, modify, combine, or recombine commercially available technology in any way within the bounds of local, state, and federal laws and regulations. Use of components, products, and systems from non-military technical specialties (e.g., transportation, construction, maritime, and communications) is of particular interest.
Full information is available here.