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Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM) Solicitation

The Scalable Nanomanufacturing for Integrated Systems (SNM-IS) solicitation is changed from the previous Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM) solicitation in that the objective has shifted from research in large-scale manufacturing of single-component nanomaterials and nanostructures to investigations in scalable nanomanufacturing and integration of multi-component nano-enabled integrated systems. The SNM-IS solicitation seeks proposals that investigate novel scalable nanomanufacturing and integration methods for nano-enabled integrated systems with a clear commercial relevance. Proposals should consider addressing key aspects of the nanomanufacturing value chain. Please see the full RFP for complete information.

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DARPA: Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI)

DARPA has recently published the attached solicitation entitled Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI).  The goal is to “create a suite of new or modified machine learning techniques that produce explainable models that, when combined with effective explanation techniques, enable end users to understand, appropriately trust, and effectively manage the emerging generation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems.”  DARPA seeks to address 3 related challenges through this program:  how to produce more explainable models, how to design the explanation interface, and how to understand the psychological requirements for effective explanations.
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DARPA: Engineered Living Materials

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has published a solicitation for the Engineered Living Materials (ELM) program. ELM is seeking “innovations in the ability to functionally unite living components with inert structural materials, to program structural features into living systems, and to extend the scale of synthetic biology building blocks from the molecular to the cellular.” Through this program, DARPA expects to “cultivate foundational principles, as well as novel approaches and methods that will ultimately enable living structural materials with advanced capabilities to be rationally designed, and implemented through genetic engineering.”

ELM consists of two tracks divided into specific tasks (listed below), which are described on pp. 6-12 of the solicitation. Proposers may address either track, but not both, and may address 1 or more tasks within a track. Note that Track 1 is directed at specific applications, while Track 2 supports basic research.

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Defense Sciences Office (DSO) will host identical webinars on June 22-23 to “provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of a DSO Office-wide [solicitation] anticipated to be published soon” as well as “the basics of working with DARPA and DSO,” including how DARPA develops programs and works with universities. Additional information about the webinars, including a draft agenda, is at this link.
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Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is sponsoring a two-day Proposers’ Event on June 22-23, 2016near Washington, DC to prepare for an upcoming solicitation. As part of this event, invited principle investigators (PIs) will have an opportunity to meet individually with a program manager to discuss their research ideas. To be considered, a PI must submit a one-page white paper by March 31.
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