DARPAConnect Learning

DARPAConnect Curriculum

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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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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New to DARPAConnect Learning?

Begin with DARPA 101: Introduction to DARPA below to get started and learn more about the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

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    Since its inception, DARPA has played a significant role in driving technological advancement, having been the vehicle by which American scientists have introduced innovations like stealth technologies, flat-screens, GPS, and the internet. In this module, you will learn more about DARPA, its organizational structure, and its role in advancing national security.