Microsystems Technology Office-Wide Broad Agency Announcement


All responsible sources capable of satisfying the government's needs may submit a proposal that shall be considered by DARPA. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Small Businesses, Small Disadvantaged Businesses and Minority Institutions (MIs) are encouraged to submit proposals and join others in submitting proposals; however, no portion of this announcement will be set aside for these organizations' participation due to the impracticality of reserving discrete or severable areas of this research for exclusive competition among these entities.

Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) and government entities (government/national laboratories, military educational institutions, etc.) are subject to applicable direct competition limitations and cannot propose to this BAA in any capacity unless they meet the following conditions. FFRDCs must clearly demonstrate that the proposed work is not otherwise available from the private sector and they also provide a letter, on letterhead, from their sponsoring organization approving, as "non-sponsor work" or "work for others," (1) the FFRDCs submission of a proposal directly in response to this BAA (e.g., as the prime contractor), or (2) the FFRDCs submission of a subcontract proposal to an organization who is proposing as the prime contractor to this BAA. The intent of the approval letter is to document the specific statutory authority establishing the FFRDCs eligibility to propose to this BAA and compliance with the associated FFRDC sponsor agreement and/or underlying contract terms and conditions. As noted above, sponsor approval is required for FFRDCs proposing as prime or subcontractors/team members. DARPA will fully rely on the sponsor's determination/approval regarding the FFRDC's eligibility. Government entities must clearly demonstrate that the work is not otherwise available from the private sector and provide written documentation citing the specific statutory authority (as well as, where relevant, contractual authority) establishing their ability to propose to this BAA. At the present time, DARPA does not consider 15 U.S.C. 3710a to be sufficient legal authority to show eligibility for Government entities. While 10 U.S.C. 2539b may be the appropriate statutory starting point for some entities, specific supporting regulatory guidance, together with evidence of agency approval, will still be required to fully establish eligibility. DARPA will consider government entity eligibility submissions on a case-by-case basis; however, the burden to prove eligibility for all team members rests solely with the proposer. Proposer's failure to prove eligibility for all such team members prior to start of the agency-scheduled evaluation may result in rejection of the proposal.

Foreign participants or individuals may participate to the extent that such participants comply with any necessary non-disclosure agreements, security regulations, export control laws, and other governing statutes applicable under the circumstances. 


Dr. William Chappell Director, Microsystems Technology Office



Deadline Details: 

Full Proposal: Sponsor deadline - required

Proposals may be submitted on a rolling basis until 4:00PM (Eastern Time) on September 13, 2018. Proposers are strongly encouraged to submit a proposal abstract in advance of a full proposal. 

MTO seeks to develop high-risk, high-reward technologies that create and prevent strategic surprise, help secure the Department of Defense's (DoD) technological superiority and address the complex threats facing U.S. national security. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice. 

MTO regularly publishes Broad Agency Announcements requesting responses to specific program topics. This announcement seeks revolutionary research ideas for topics not being addressed by ongoing MTO programs or other published BAA solicitations. This BAA is primarily, but not solely, intended for early stage research that will lead to larger, focused, MTO programs in the future. 

Research areas of current interest to MTO include, but are not limited to, the following topics: 

- Emerging MEMS Technologies 
- Enabling component technology for cold-atom microsystems 
- Energy-Efficient Computing 
- Low Power Electronics 
- Non-Silicon Electronics 
- Novel Photonic Devices 
- Photonic & Electronic Interconnects 
- Quantum Devices 
- Thermal Management 
- Other Microsystems Technology Topic Areas