Research and Technology Development


To support and stimulate basic research, applied research and technology development 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 other transactions.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Defense
Office: Advanced Research Projects Agency
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements).
Program Accomplishments
In fiscal year 2002, projected totals are 30 grant awards and 20 other transactions.
10 U.S.C. 2358; 10 U.S.C. 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 other transactions 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 for DoD. If the award is a grant, cooperative agreement, or other transaction the applicant must not appear on the nonprocurement debarred of suspended list. In addition, the provisions of OMB Circular Nos. A-21, A-87, A-88, A-110, A-122, and A-133 must be met.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.12372.
Application Procedure
Eligible organizations may submit proposals or white papers in response to relevant Broad Agency Announcements published in the Federal Business Opportunities ( look for DARPA under other Defense Agency).
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. Generally, the offeror's proposal is incorporated into the grant document and the offeror agrees to perform the project as described in the proposal, with specific deliverable due from the project.
Deadlines are specified by the various Broad Agency Announcements.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
A representative range of time required for the proposal to be accepted for award would be 60 to 120 days. Awards on high priority projects generally would take less time.
Not applicable.
Renewals generally require reapplication with a new proposal. Extensions can generally be handled under the terms of the original grant, cooperative agreement, or other transaction.
How are proposals selected?
Listed in descending order of relative importance: (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 technology development 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 by DARPA these funds are awarded on project-by-project basis and are not block grants. The research focus areas are defined in the advertisement of potential research needs (See references to Broad Agency Announcements in Application and Award Process).
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Grantees, agreement holders, and other awardees are expected to publish, or otherwise make publicly available, the results of the work. Copies of reports are furnished by the awardees to a prescribed list of addressees, including the Defense Technical Information Center. Further distribution is made by DTIC on a request basis to DoD agencies and their contractors.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in OMB Circular No. A-133.
Each awardees must maintain sufficient records to permit determination that the funds were used appropriately for the award purpose.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula. All cooperative agreements require cost-sharing of at least 50 percent.
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 other transactions. Funding is usually provided incrementally in accordance with a payment schedule contained in the award document.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Not applicable.
Headquarters Office
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, ATTN: Director, Contract Management Office (CMO), 3701 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203. Telephone: (703) 696-2399. FTS is not available.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
FY 07 est not reported; FY 08 est not reported; and FY 09 est not reported.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$100,000 to $100,000,000. Average: $1,150,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
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
Research Grants: 1. Bioscensors Technology; 2. Electomagnetic material Technology; 3. Silicon nanofabrication and nanoelectronics device manufacturing; 4. High bandgap materials and devices; 5. Advanced Lithography; 6. Simulation based design; 7. Power systems for land vehicles; and 8. Wireless communications devices.


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