DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) Program

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award (YFA) program aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior research positions in academia and equivalent positions at non-profit research institutions, particularly those without prior DARPA funding, to expose them to Department of Defense (DoD) needs and DARPA’s mission to create and prevent technological surprise. YFA will provide high-impact funding to elite researchers early in their careers to develop innovative new research that enables transformative DoD capabilities. Ultimately, YFA is developing the next generations of researchers focused on national security issues.

DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the areas of interest to DARPA’s six technical offices: Biological Technologies Office (BTO), Defense Sciences Office (DSO), Information Innovation Office (I2O), Microsystems Technology Office (MTO), Strategic Technology Office (STO), and Tactical Technology Office (TTO).

Topic Areas:

  • Modulation of Brown Adipose Tissue for Arctic Resilience
  • Engineered Cellular Symbiosis (ECS)
  • Hierarchical Control of Biomaterial Structure, Function, and Organization for Injury Repair
  • Metabolic Engineering Enabling Rare Chemistries
  • Strongly Correlated Material Systems and Sensors
  • Benchmarking Power Requirements for Electromagnetic Non-reciprocity
  • Autonomous Manufacturing and Repair for Austere Environments
  • Neuromorphic Metamaterials
  • Computational Theory of Information Control
  • Threat Modeling of the Influence Platform Ecosystem
  • Patch Process Leapfrogging
  • Computational Theory of Insecurity
  • Effective Assurance for 5G Technologies
  • Adaptive Conventions for Human-Machine Partnership
  • Embodied Physical Intelligence
  • Physics of Charge Trapping in Bulk Dielectrics
  • In-Situ Characterization of Additively Manufactured Materials in Complex Structures
  • Self-Assembled Transistor Fabrication to Support Manufacturing as a Technology Differentiator
  • Highly-reliable and Bandwidth-scalable Electrical Interconnects
  • Intelligent Sensor Management for Undersea Environmental Characterization
  • Distributed Machine Learning over Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTNs)
  • Trust Architectures to Enable Space Infrastructure as a Service
  • Scaling Challenges in Metal Additive Manufacturing
  • Platform Design Optimization Leveraging Power Beaming
  • Integrated Perception Learning and Control for Autonomous Robots

o Executive Summary Due Date: November 4, 2021, 4:00 p.m.

o FAQ Submission Deadline: January 18, 2021, 4:00 p.m. See Section VIII.B.

o Full Proposal Due Date: January 25, 2022, 4:00 p.m.

View the full solicitation here


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9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday

Event Contacts

Cody Nicholls, Research Development Associate for National Security Programs