DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office is seeking abstract submissions for exploratory research concepts in the technical domain of chemistry and materials science.
FAARM is targetting innovative techniques to form a wide range of synthetic fuels from varied readily available sources for DoD applications. Developing robust, mobile methods of fuel production for DoD applications in contested environments requires alternative formation pathways that are deployable under ambient conditions with a low energy requirement.
Specifically, ideas are sought exploring the question of can energy-dense fuels be synthesised using an efficient, small-scale system?
Up to USD$300,000 is available for projects of up to 12 months.
Submissions are to address one or both of the key technical challenges:
- Design a synthetic fuel-forming catalyst and explore its efficacy, including selectivity for forming the synthetic fuel of interest (energy density of 11.5 MJ/L or more)
- Investigate components (ie membranes, electrolytes, or electrodes) of a small-scale device that can reproducibly form detectable amounts of synthetic fuel.
This call is issued under the Master Solicitation for Advanced Research Concepts (DARPA-EA-24-01).
Abstracts will be accepted and assessed on a rolling basis until 15 April 2024.
An information webinar will be held 18 January 2024. Register here by 12 January for non-US citizens.
Solicitation Announcement – FAARM: DARPA-EA-24-01-01
EA Master Solicitation for Advanced Research Concepts: DARPA-EA-24-01