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DARPA 2013 Early Career Opportunity

Source:  Lisa Kelly

Please see below DARPA 2013 early career opportunity aimed at Biosciences.  The turn around time to submit proposals is quickly approaching (January 21st).  If you are interested, please advise your supervisor, the appropriate ESD Program Head and Lisa Kelly right away.

DARPA 2013 Young Faculty Award RA

The DARPA 2013 YFA solicitation has been posted at!  Send this announcement far and wide.

To ensure that we get the best young researchers with great ideas engaged with DARPA and working on these topics, please spread the word and let your research communities know that this solicitation is available through Proposals are due Monday January 21th by 5pm.

Note that there are a few key changes to the YFA program for this year:

(1)    Eligibility: For the first time, young researchers at non-profit S&T research institutes that are equivalent to an eligible young faculty at a university are now able to apply.

(2)    Topic areas: Technical topic areas are more closely tied to programs currently underway at DARPA and to recently identified DoD and National Security needs. The aim is for YFA recipients to receive deeper interactions with DARPA program managers and their programs, performers and the user community

(3)    Award amount: Awards will be incrementally funded during the 2 year base with a maximum amount of funding of $250,000 per year (up from $150k per yr).

(4)    Director’s Fellowship: For exceptional YFA project performance over the 24 month base period, up to 4 YFA performers will be awarded a “Director’s Fellowship” with a maximum of an additional $500,000 in follow-on funding over 1 yr.

These changes are highlighted in the YFA Press Feature found at

If you receive any questions about this solicitation please direct them to to be answered by the RA mailbox coordinator. 

List of Topic Areas:

Applications of Nonlinear Dimensionality Reduction in Bioinformatics

Circuit Design using Discretized Post-CMOS Transistors

Expanding the Language of Biology

Fusing the Synthetic with the Biological to Transduce Episignals

High-Speed Nanophotonics LEDs

Manufacturing Science for Austere Environments

Next Generation Thermal Interface Materials

Probabilistic and Approximate Computing

Quantum Materials by Design

Sensory Feedback for Improved Neural-System Control

Supervised Autonomy

Topological/Geometric Multi-Scale Analysis of Data Sets

Understanding Virtual Transfer of Learning