DARPAConnect Learning

DARPAConnect On-Demand Lessons

Welcome to the DARPAConnect online curriculum. These instructional modules are designed and categorized to step you through the three main precepts of DARPAConnect - Discover, Collaborate, and Contribute. Whether you’re a new potential DARPA performer or a well-seasoned alum, within each category you'll find a wealth of self-paced modules and reference materials to make sure you're in the best position to engage with DARPA. Click on a category to filter the lesson list, or browse the full list of lessons below.

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The following list contains our full DARPAConnect On-Demand Curriculum sorted with the newest lessons featured first. Check out the latest lessons below, or sort by topic area, keyword, or category in the On-Demand Lesson Catalog.

  • DARPA relies on global partnerships with fellow members of the international science and technology ecosystem to achieve its mission. In this module, you will learn more about opportunities for global participants to work with DARPA, helpful hints and tips for members of the international community, and success stories from previous DARPA programs with contributions from organizations outside of the United States.

  • Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs) are an important mechanism for DARPA to solicit innovative solutions and ideas from industry, academia, and other organizations. Throughout this module, we will delve into the purpose and structure of BAAs, the key components of a BAA, the difference between Office-Wide and Program-Specific BAAs, and the process of responding to a BAA.

  • Becoming a DARPA performer may be the primary avenue that comes to mind when you think of your journey to working with DARPA. But, there are a variety of ways to join the DARPA enterprise, including becoming a program manager, support contractor, Young Faculty Awardee, and DARPA Innovation Fellow. In this module, we’ll explore each of these opportunities in more detail to showcase the variety of ways in which you can bring your expertise, interests, and innovations to DARPA.

  • In this lesson, you’ll learn how to leverage opportunities for feedback through the abstract process, avoid common proposal-writing pitfalls, and maximize best practices to set yourself and your team up for success.

  • When you’re working with research and groundbreaking solutions of DARPA-level magnitude, security may seem like a daunting topic. But, the DARPA Security and Intelligence Directorate (SID) is here to help demystify security concerns and ensure that you can successfully navigate security-related considerations as you conduct your work. In this lesson, you'll learn more about SID, types of DARPA research by security category, and the security resources available at DARPA.

Updates and Feedback

Be sure to check back often, as new modules are added regularly. If you have questions, feedback, or suggestions for future instructional topics, please share them via the DARPAConnect Curriculum Feedback Form.

Lessons by Category

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This section includes key DARPA introductory material for new potential performers. Topics include overviews of programs and technical offices, types of opportunities, and tips for pursuing DARPA funding.

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For individuals ready to engage with DARPA, this section covers effective communication, teaming, and networking. Topics include engaging with PMs, leveraging the Heilmeier Catechism, and proposal preparation.

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For new and established performers, this section provides useful lessons for successful, ongoing contributions to DARPA. Topics include administrative and technical responsibilities, security, and intellectual property.

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