DARPA issues solicitation for radical biological technologies

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) released a solicitation on Wednesday for innovative research proposals of interest for its Biological Technologies Office (BTO).

DARPA is looking for research that investigates leading edge approaches that enable advances in science and technologies, especially in systems that intersect biology with engineering or the physical and computer sciences.

The BTO said it is interested in proposals that will advance treatment and resilience in neurological health and optimize human aptitude and performance, as well as develop new tools and techniques for engineering biological systems.

Proposals that would research radical new approaches toward CBRN threats are also welcome under the solicitation.

Research that primarily results in the evolution of existing state of the art technologies are excluded from the solicitation.

The solicitation said that proposals of particular interest will be those from entities that have never received government funding or do not normally propose to government solicitations.

The deadline for submissions to the DARPA solicitation is July 23, 2015.

The BTO's programs operate on a variety of scales, from single cells to global ecosystems. The overarching goal of the office is to develop biological-based technologies for use by DARPA's stakeholders, including the U.S. Department of Defense.

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