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US DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory – BAA for Foundational Research – Current Topic List


DEVCOM ARL has released an updated research topic list for the current Broad Agency Announcement for Foundational Research (W911NF-23-S-0001).   ARLs’ foundational research mission spans basic and applied research but may include advanced technology development and advanced component development and prototypes.

Research is supported across a wide range of physical, computational, mathematical, biological, engineering, psychological, chemical and material sciences.

White papers and proposals are being accepted and assessed on a rolling basis until 20 November 2027, with the topic list being periodically updated.  White papers are not compulsory but are strongly encouraged.


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Current research Topics for DEVCOM ARL BAA for Foundational Research: All+Topics+Document+for+ARL+BAA+7June2024

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Current research topics include areas of interest in

  • Advanced Learning-Enabled Intelligent Cyber Physical Systems
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomathematics
  • Bionic Electronics
  • Complex Dynamics and Systems
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Dynamic Influences on Social Systems
  • Earth Materials and Processes
  • Electrochemistry
  • Electronic Sensing
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Genetics
  • Information Assurance
  • Information Processing and Fusion
  • Knowledge Systems
  • Materials Design
  • Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • Microbiology
  • Modelling of Complex Systems
  • Modern Optics
  • Multi-Agent Network Control
  • Neurophysiology of Cognition
  • Optoelectronics
  • Physical Properties of Materials
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Quantum Information Science
  • Social and Cognitive Networks
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Support to ARL Foundation Research Competencies
  • Synthesis and Processing of Materials
  • Wireless Communications Networks
  • Active and Passive RF Sensing
  • Advanced Manufacturing Research in Support of the Sciences of Extreme Materials Competency
  • Advanced Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Technologies
  • Advanced vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Aircraft Technologies
  • AI Model Optimization for Real-Time, Scalable Data Analytics
  • AI and Machine Learning with Extremely Sparse Data
  • AI and ML-Enabling technologies for Expeditionary Maneuver and Air/Ground reconnaissance
  • AI and ML – Managing Massive Data Sets
  • Autonomous Sensing and Information Fusion for Advanced Indications and Warnings
  • Ballistic Science Research
  • Computational Modelling of Aviation Systems
  • Computational Modelling of Complex Systems
  • Cyber Security
  • Disruptive Energetic Materials and Concepts
  • Electric- and Magnetic-Field Sensor Technology
  • Energy Awareness
  • Environmental Security for Multi-Echelon Decision Making – Assessing and Mitigating Climate Risk
  • Estimating and Predicting Human Behavior
  • Heat Transfer and Thermal Management
  • High Voltage/High Frequency Power Switching Devices
  • Human-Guided System Adaptation
  • Human-System Team Interactions
  • Hybrid Human-Technology Interface
  • Invincible Materials Research in Support of the Science of Extreme Materials
  • Invisible Materials Research in support of the Sciences of Extreme Materials Competency
  • Isomer Power for Enhanced Mission Endurance
  • Light Manipulating Materials and Devices
  • Mechanical Metamaterials for Advanced Protections
  • Multimodal Synthetic Data for ML
  • Networking Structure, Dynamics and Protocols
  • Neuroscience and Neurotechnology
  • New Developments in Antenna Apertures
  • Novel Computing Architecture and Algorithm Co-design
  • Novel Solid State Lasers and Laser Materials
  • Platform Design and Control
  • Power Conversion
  • Power Electronics Packaging
  • Quantum Entanglement Science and Efficient Light-Matter Interaction
  • Quantum Information Science and Positioning, Navigation and Timing (QIS-PNT)
  • Quantum Networking for Communications, Distributed Entanglement and Information Processing
  • Reactive Chemical Systems
  • RF Sensing Through Obscured Media
  • RF-to-THz devices and Integrated Circuit Technology
  • Super-Materials Research in support of the Sciences of Extreme Materials Competency
  • Tactical Heterogeneous Sensing in Complex Environments, Aerosols, and Impacts
  • Techniques and Sources Enabling Major Power Scaling of Diode-Pumped Solid-State Lasers (fiber and bulk)

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