DARPA seeks proposals to bring ERI program innovations to defense applications

ARLINGTON, Va. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) officials are hosting a Proposers Day on December 19 to convene leaders within the defense industry base (DIB) to discuss opportunities to further develop and demonstrate Electronics Resurgence Initiative's (ERI) technological advances for Department of Defense (D0D) needs.

The Proposers Day comes after DARPA officials launched Phase II in the ERI program,  a five-year, $1.5 billion investment in the future of domestic electronic systems. ERI's Phase II seeks to further enmesh technology needs and capabilities of the defense enterprise with the commercial and manufacturing realities of the electronics industry.  One key focus in Phase II is to develop connections between the various ERI programs and their potential defense applications.

During the event, DARPA program managers will share their ideas for potential ERI defense applications, which include but are not limited to autonomy and artificial intelligence, large-scale emulation, cybersecurity, space applications, cognitive electronic warfare, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR). To foster further dialogue and collaboration, attendees will have a chance to provide input on how best to support the transition of electronics innovations into national defense hardware.

The Proposers Day will also support the development of a potential broad agency announcement (BAA) focused on defense transitions. Tentatively titled “Electronics Resurgence Initiative: Defense Applications (ERI:DA),” the BAA would solicit innovative proposals to develop, demonstrate, and apply emerging ERI electronic technologies to deliver significant impact on DoD capabilities.

“The success of ERI relies on cooperation with the commercial sector to address shared problems. However, as a DARPA effort, ERI must also demonstrate that its research findings bolster our nation’s defenses and help create strategic surprise,” says Dr. William Chappell, director of DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office (MTO). “Through the ERI:DA Proposers Day and potential BAA, DARPA seeks to procure the expertise and transition support of industry and the defense community to help accelerate the delivery of ERI-derived innovations for national security needs.”

The Electronic Resurgence Initiative: Defense Applications Proposers Day will take place on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 from 9:00am to 4:00pm EST, at the Hilton Arlington, 950 N Stafford St, Arlington, Virginia. Advanced registration is required. For those unable to attend in person, registered attendees may access the event via a livestream link available on the registration page. For more information, please visit: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=aa83296cfdd337b4ca5dc8bd4929ddef&tab=core&_cview=0.