Research and Technology Development


To support and stimulate basic research, applied research and advanced research at educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and commercial firms, which may have military or dual-use application. This support may take the form of grants, cooperative agreements, or technology investment agreements (TIAs).

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Advanced Research Projects Agency, Department of Defense
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
10 USC 2358, and 10 USC 2371
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
For grants, eligibility is limited to public and private educational institutions and nonprofit organizations operated for purposes in the public interest. For cooperative agreements, eligibility is limited to educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and commercial firms. Eligibility for TIAs is the same as for cooperative agreements. Individuals are not eligible for these awards.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Public and private educational institutions. Nonprofit organizations operated for purposes in the public interest and commercial firms.
Applicants must not appear on the debarred or suspended list.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Eligible organizations may submit proposals or white papers in response to relevant Broad Agency Announcements or other types of announcements published at
Award Procedure
Award decisions are based upon competitive selection of specific project proposals resulting from a scientific review. Evaluators use the evaluation criteria contained in the relevant Broad Agency Announcement or other type of announcement. Generally, the offeror's proposal is incorporated into the grant award and the offeror agrees to perform the project as described in the proposal, with specific reporting due from the project.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. A representative range of time required for the proposal to be accepted for award would be 60 to 90 days. Awards on high priority projects generally would take less time.
Not applicable.
From 60 to 90 days. Renewals generally require reapplication with a new proposal. Extensions can generally be handled under the terms of the original grant, cooperative agreement, or TIA.
How are proposals selected?
Evaluation criteria will be as specified in the solicitation announcement. Typical evaluation criteria, listed in descending order of relative importance, are as follows: (1) Overall scientific and technical merit; (2) potential contribution and relevance to DARPA mission; (3) offeror's capabilities and related experience; (4) plans and capability to accomplish technology transition; and (5) cost realism.
How may assistance be used?
No block or formula grants. Only project grants resulting from scientific proposals. Basic research, applied research and advanced research in areas of science and technology which may have military or dual-use application. Projects are expected to advance the state of the art or result in fundamental change in technology. Support for scientific symposia, conferences in relevant technology areas, and consortia which deals with relevant technologies. Programs to encourage careers in science, technology and engineering, and to increase the number of graduates from underrepresented minority groups. Programs assisting laboratory research instrumentation at universities. Programs intended to produce fundamentally different approaches to relevant technologies or establish fundamentally new relationships among the parties engaged in technology development. Potential recipients should note that these funds are awarded on project-by-project basis and are not block grants. The research focus areas are defined in the announcement of potential research needs (See references to Broad Agency Announcements and/or Research Announcements in Application and Award Process).
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: DARPA assistance award actions may include performance monitoring by a Grants Officer's Representative (GOR) or Assistance Officer's Representative (AOR).
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F, Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Record keeping requirements are in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award, which will include appropriate provisions related to recipient records that are required by the DoDGARs.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Since this is a research and technology program, the assistance is generally available for a 3 to 5-year period, as stated in the individual grant, agreement, or TIA. Funding is usually provided incrementally in accordance with a funding schedule contained in the award document. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Scott R. Ulrey
675 North Randolph Street
Arlington, VA 22203 US
Phone: (703)696-2434
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$195,089,926.00; FY 19 est $223,864,806.00; FY 20 est $246,000,000.00; FY 17$207,024,175.00; FY 16$235,374,638.00; FY 15 -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Department of Defense Grant and Agreement Regulations (DoDGARs) (as updated through DoD's interim implementation of 2 CFR part 200 which can be found at 2 CFR part 1103) is applicable to DoD grants, cooperative agreements, and TIAs. The DARPA Brochure, can be obtained from the Headquarters office. This publication lists the points of contact within the various scientific disciplines. For additional information see DARPA's website:
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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