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DARPA Microsystems Technology Office – Microsystems Exploration – DARPA-PA21-04

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DARPA Microsystems Technology Office – Microsystems Exploration – DARPA-PA21-04


The Microsystems Exploration program is specifically designed to allow DARPA to finalize a new contract in less than 90 days from idea inception.
To enable this approach, MTO will issue Microsystems Exploration Topics (called μE topics) via targeted Pre-Solicitation Notices..
These μE topics will solicit proposals and will be open for a maximum of 30 days from publication at μEs will describe short duration, fast-paced projects comprising one or two phases as described below. Each μE will fund research that leads to prototype development that results in new game-changing technologies for U.S. national security. During the periods of performance, very high-risk, high reward topics will be investigated with the goal of determining feasibility and clarifying whether the area is ready for further investment beyond the prototype stage. The prototype projects pursued under μEs may include proofs of concept; pilots; novel applications of commercial technologies for defense purposes; creation, design, development, demonstration of technical or operational utility; or combinations of the foregoing, related to a prototype.
These Pre-Solicitation Notices will focus on technical domains important to MTO’s mission pursuing innovative research concepts that explore frontiers in:
  • Localized processing,
  • Spectrum dominance,
  • Microsystems manufacture, and
  • Disruptive microsystem applications in command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR), electronic warfare and directed energy.
– Closing date is extended to 15 September 2023 – updated technical domains of interest – up to USD$1M

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