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An Introduction to DARPA Funding

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Easter Term’s Research Masterclass, entitled “An introduction to DARPA funding” will be given by Dr Robert Watson and Professor Simon Moore, of the Computer Laboratory, on Tuesday 25 April 2017. It will take place at 12.00 in LR12 , Department of Engineering.

A sandwich lunch will be provided. Those interested are asked to register to attend at:

An abstract for the talk is reproduced below: The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is a US funding agency whose mission is to “prevent and cause strategy surprise”—i.e., to anticipate and develop advanced technologies supporting the US Department of Defence. DARPA is known for funding the development of technologies such as weather satellites, phased radar arrays, TCP /IP, and stealth technology, and supports R&D projects across US academic and industry. DARPA is a high-expertise agency, bringing in domain experts on multi-year secondments to lead research programs that fund dozens of institutions collaborating (and competing) in common research areas founded around specific challenges and opportunities. DARPA research project are contracts with deliverables, and DARPA is a highly engaged sponsor eager to transition technologies to widespread industrial use as well as military applications. Success is rewarded with additional funding. Intellectual property terms are generous and intended to support rapid transition, and funding is suitable for large multi-year, multi-institution projects with substantial engineering and prototyping elements, as well as early field deployments and evaluation exercises. The Computer Laboratory has now had a number of DARPA -sponsored projects starting in 2010, developing both short-term and blue-sky technologies. This talk will introduce attendees to the structure and key concepts around the DARPA funding model including its offices, programme development and management, proposal cycle, and day-to-day operation through a set of examples drawn from our own experience.

This talk is part of the School of Technology Research Funding Masterclasses series.

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