DARPA is seeking abstracts and proposals that focus on exploring the technical risks in producing strong wood products cleanly, efficiently and at a large scale from a feedstock of cellulose waste (scrap wood, cardboard, paper).
Proposals must address each of four research objectives:
- Waste Feedstock Preprocessing – developing methods to pre-process scrap wood and paper product feedstock while maintaining fiber alignment,
- Highly Efficient Processes – reducing chemical and energy requirements associated with the production of densified wood,
- Favorable Mechanical Properties – developing products with extremely favorable physical/mechanical properties
- Production Scale – increasing production scale to DoD-relevant sizes.
Abstracts are due 15 August 2023. Abstracts are not compulsory but are strongly encouraged.
Full proposals are due 14 September 2023.
An information webinar will be held 1 August 2023. Register here.
This solicitation is issued under the Biological Technologies Broad Agency Announcement (HR001123S0045)
WUD Special Announcement: DARPA-SN-23-75
Biological Technologies Broad Agency Announcement: HR001123S0045 (1)