On September 21, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) released the broad agency announcement (BAA) for the Robust Energy Sources for Intelligence Logistics In Extreme Novel and Challenging Environments (RESILIENCE) Research Program. The  proposal due date for the initial round of selections is 4:00 p.m. Eastern on November 17.

IARPA often selects its research efforts through the BAA process. The use of a BAA solicitation allows a wide range of innovative ideas and concepts. The BAA will appear on https://beta.sam.gov/and will be linked from the IARPA website at https://www.iarpa.gov/. The following information is for those wishing to respond to this Program BAA.

This BAA (IARPA-BAA-20-02) is for the Robust Energy Sources for Intelligence Logistics in Extreme Novel and Challenging Environments (RESILIENCE) program. IARPA is seeking innovative power solutions to support Intelligence Community (IC) applications. RESILIENCE is envisioned to be a 3-year, 9-month effort, beginning approximately January 2021 and extending through October 2024.

Reliable sources of power are a key enabler for many intelligence missions. The IC has some portable power needs that are similar to those of any other large enterprise; for example, to support its mobile workforce by providing power for handheld and other mobile devices. However, the IC also has mission needs for power that are far more challenging than those of the private sector to enable intelligence missions, such as powering unmanned robots or vehicles that keep IC personnel out of harm’s way or powering electronic devices that are placed in extreme environments where they must function unattended for long periods of time. For some IC applications, quiet operation and minimal generation of heat are preferred. Collectively, the IC’s needs for power present an extremely challenging set of requirements to power solutions experts: unyielding volume and mass limitations, unobtrusive operation, maximum lifetime and reliability, and operation in extreme environments.

Developing novel power solutions for these two example applications, UAVs and unattended electronic devices, as well as many other challenging applications is the subject of the RESILIENCE program. Objectives of the RESILIENCE program include power solutions with high energy density, high power density, long calendar life, quiet operation, and robustness to extreme environmental conditions such as large temperature fluctuations, vibration, shock, overcharge and complete discharge. Detailed information about specific goals, objectives, metrics and milestones can be found in the BAA.

Full information is available here.

Source: SAM