University of Alaska Fairbanks

Disruptioneering Program Announcement

The mission of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is to identify and create the next generation of scientific discovery by pursuing high-risk, high-payoff research initiatives across a broad spectrum of science and engineering disciplines and transforming these initiatives into disruptive technologies for U.S. national security. As part of this mission, DSO makes high-risk, high-reward investments in science and technology that have the potential to disrupt current understanding and/or approaches. The pace of discovery in both science and technology is accelerating worldwide, resulting in new fields of study and the identification of scientific areas ripe for disruption. To capitalize on these new opportunities, DSO looks to include rapid, targeted and limited scope investments as part of an overall balanced portfolio. DSO solicits these accelerated investments through our Disruptioneering program. Disruptioneering enables DARPA to initiate a new investment in less than 90 calendar days from idea inception.

To enable this approach, the Defense Sciences Office (DSO) will issue Disruption Opportunities (DO) via targeted Presolicitation Notices. These Presolicitation Notices will focus on technical domains important to DSO’s mission to pursue innovative research concepts that explore novel materials and structures; sensing and measurement; computation and processing; enabling operations; collective intelligence and global change. More information about DSO’s technical domains and research topics of interest may be found at

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