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DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA)

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award (YFA) program aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions in academia and equivalent positions at non-profit research institutions and expose them to Department of Defense (DoD) and National Security challenges and needs. In particular, this YFA will provide high-impact funding to elite researchers early in their careers to develop innovative new research directions in the context of enabling transformative DoD capabilities. The long-term goal of the program is to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers in the research community who will focus a significant portion of their future careers on DoD and National Security issues. Before preparing an executive summary or proposal submission, proposers are encouraged to review the DARPA mission statement and current program descriptions at the DARPA website to familiarize themselves with examples of current DARPA investments. Proposers should also familiarize themselves with the “Heilmeier Catechism.” Details about the catechism and questions it seeks to answer can be found at

Participation is open to individuals who are U.S. Citizens, U.S. Permanent Residents, and Foreign Nationals who meet the eligibility criteria listed below:

  • Proposers must be one of the following (excluding any personal leaves of absence) by November 13, 2018. 
    • current Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professors;
    • current Tenured faculty within 3 years of their Tenure date; or
    • an equivalent at a non-profit research institution within 12 years of the receipt of their Ph.D.

Prior to submitting a full proposal, proposers are strongly encouraged to first submit an executive summary as described in the solicitation attached below. The deadline for executive summaries is September 10, 2018. 

It is anticipated that awards will be for 24-month base periods (maximum funding of $500K) with 12-month option periods (max of $500K). 

Please contact your SRS pre-award rep if interested. 

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