BAA Summary - IARPA's Office of Safe & Secure Operations is soliciting proposals for research that will maximize insight from the information the Intelligence Community collects, in a timely fashion.
General Information - All administrative or contractual questions about this BAA should be transmitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. If e-mail is not available, fax questions to 301-851-7673, Attention: IARPA-BAA-15-03. All questions must include the name, e-mail address, and phone number of the requestor. Do not send questions with proprietary content. IARPA will accept questions until two weeks before the closing date of this BAA. Consolidated questions and answers will be periodically posted on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website (https://www.fbo.gov/) and linked to the IARPA website (http://www.iarpa.gov); answers will not be sent directly to the requestor.
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) often selects its research efforts through the Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) process. The BAA will appear first on the FedBizOpps website, (http://www.fedbizopps.gov)and then be linked to the IARPA website at (http://www.iarpa.gov). The following information is for those wishing to respond to this BAA.
IARPA invests in high-risk, high-payoff research that has the potential to provide our nation with an overwhelming intelligence advantage over future adversaries. This BAA solicits abstracts/proposals for the Office of Safe & Secure Operations (SSO).
SSO focuses on the Intelligence Community's (IC) ability to operate freely and effectively in an often hostile and increasingly interdependent and resource-constrained environment. While some of our challenges stem from adversary activity, others emerge coincidentally with changes in technology or business practices. SSO programs are most often not application-specific, but concentrate instead on creating the foundations of a powerful and robust infrastructure for the IC that can maintain its integrity over time. This BAA solicits research that explores or demonstrates the feasibility of revolutionary concepts in computation, trust establishment and maintenance, and detecting and deflecting hostile intent.
The following topics (in no particular order) are of interest to SSO:
• Computational methods, including algorithms, based on models other than digital Turing machines and platforms other than CMOS whose attributes are matched to efficient or secure solution of intelligence problems (e.g., optical, analog, biomolecular, neuromorphic, quantum, and hybrid computing systems);
• Novel ideas for technologies enabling energy-efficient computation beyond the efficiency projected for end-of-roadmap silicon, as well as strategies for using existing computing technologies to compute with lower power budgets;
• Design tools for non-traditional computing architectures/technologies and non-traditional materials;
• Robotized research methods;
• Approaches to operating securely with imperfect equipment, error-prone users, compromised components, and/or within an environment of unknown trustworthiness. Constructing systems that can perform reliable and secure computations when some fraction of their components is unreliable or insecure;
• New techniques and applications for algebraic statistics (AS) and software development for AS with an emphasis on user interface;
• New algorithms and techniques that take advantage of quantum entanglement to perform tasks (excluding quantum annealing) that are inefficient or impossible with classical algorithms and/or current platforms;
• Methods (including compilers and programming languages) for performing complicated computations securely, e.g. multi-party secure functional computation, full homomorphic encryption (HE), and HE applications, but with low overhead;
• Detection, classification, and mitigation of attempts by adversaries to compromise safety and security, including, but not limited to penetration and manipulation of electronic infrastructure; and
• Assurance techniques that take advantage of emergent enterprise architectural constructs, e.g. software-defined networking, multi-tenancy, and virtual hosting.
This announcement seeks research ideas for topics that are not addressed by emerging or ongoing IARPA programs or other published IARPA solicitations. It is primarily, but not solely, intended for early stage research that may lead to larger, focused programs through a separate BAA in the future, so periods of performance generally will not exceed 12 months.
Offerors should demonstrate that their proposed effort has the potential to make revolutionary, rather than incremental, improvements to intelligence capabilities. Research that primarily results in evolutionary improvement to the existing state of practice is specifically excluded.