DARPA seeks new biodefense proposals

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced on Monday it is looking for research proposals to improve technology in the defense and nation security sectors.

DARPA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense responsible for developing new technologies that can be used by the military. Previous projects that DARPA spearheaded include computer networking and the first hypertext system.

DARPA is looking for projects that take an unconventional approach, are outside the mainstream and have the potential to radically change the usual ways of doing things. It is not looking for research that only improves current state-of-the-art technology.

DARPA is interested in biomedical research, rapid response protective or therapeutic treatments for biological and chemical threats, preventing and countering effects of nuclear and radiological weapons, WMD remediation and neutralization techniques, neuro-technology and neuroscience research, tools and applications, biomimetic and bio-inspired technologies, bioelectronic and biophotonic interfaces, applied mathematics, new ways to assess, optimize and restore human performance, new methods for direct manipulation and control of biomaterials, combat casualty care techniques, robotic and autonomous technologies, materials science research, quantum science and technologies, power and energy research, advanced manufacturing technologies and radically new ways of conducting scientific research in general.

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