IARPA highlights current programs

Here is a roundup of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity’s current opportunities.


Broad Agency Announcements solicit research proposals for specific programs.  IARPA recently released the BAA for the Molecular Information Storage program:

The goal of the MIST program is to develop deployable storage technologies that can eventually scale into the exabyte regime, and beyond, with reduced physical footprint, power and cost requirements relative to conventional storage technologies. MIST seeks to accomplish this by using sequence controlled polymers as a data storage medium, and by building the necessary devices and information systems to interface with this medium. Proposals for MIST are due on July 16, 2018.

 FOFRA Prize Challenge

IARPA conducts prize challenges to invite the broader research community of industry and academia to participate in a convenient, efficient, and non-contractual competition.

Registration is now open for the Fusion of Face Recognition Algorithms Prize Challenge. The FORFA Challenge tasks developers with fusing the outputs of multiple face recognition algorithms applied to the same input images. Fusion can be conducted on templates, before recognition, or on scores produced by recognition, with prizes awarded for best improvements to verification and identification accuracy. Those interested in participating the FORFA Challenge can sign up here.

 CREATE Research Study

IARPA’s CREATE research program’s Better Reasoning Study is looking for thinkers to test and improve analytic techniques. CREATE’s goal is to develop, and test systems that use crowdsourcing and structured analytic techniques to improve analytic reasoning. These systems will help people better understand the evidence and assumptions that support—or conflict with—conclusions. They will also help users better communicate their reasoning and conclusions. Those interested in participating in the CREATE Better Reasoning Study can sign up here.

IARPA also provides an opportunity to submit proposals not aligned with current programs, based on new ideas from the research community.

Source: IARPA