I2O PostDoc Fellowship

Funding Agency:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is issuing a RA inviting submissions of innovative basic or applied research concepts in areas of interest to the Information Innovation Office (I2O) as described below. This I2O RA is specifically focused on supporting research by computer science postdoctoral fellows to drive innovation in these following research topics, which are described more fully in Section I.E:

• Topic 1: Computational Theory of Insecurity

• Topic 2: Cross-Disciplinary Knowledge Discovery

• Topic 3: Ego-Centric Emotion Recognition

• Topic 4: Multi-Scale Models of Social Dynamics

• Topic 5: Identifying Insecurity in Software of Unknown Provenance

• Topic 6: Calming Advisor to Reduce Conflict Online

• Topic 7: Rethinking Design through Imprecise Specifications

• Topic 8: Software Source of Truth

• Topic 9: Evaluating Generative Common Sense Question Answering

I2O provides this funding opportunity to address challenges to the career planning processes of PhD graduates and the faculty hiring process of U.S. institutions of higher education that are emerging due to the pandemic. Because the pandemic has disrupted research and teaching at institutions of higher education, the employment prospects of the current cohort of PhD graduates has been severely adversely impacted. If left unaddressed, these adverse impacts will result in a shortfall in research-qualified individuals in computer science fields such as cyber security, software engineering, artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, humanmachine interaction, social network engineering, and others that are critical to U.S. national security and economic competitiveness. This RA is intended to mitigate these adverse impacts and enhance the health of the U.S. computer science research workforce moving forward.


o Required Stage 1 Technical Volume I Due Date: December 14, 2020, 4:00 p.m.

o Stage 2 Full Proposal Due Date: March 18, 2021, 4:00 p.m

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Eligibility Requirements

Participation is open to individuals who are U.S. Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents (1) who received a PhD degree no earlier than June 2019; or (2) will receive a PhD prior to the date of the RA award; and (3) will be appointed to a postdoctoral position at a U.S. institution of higher education (hereafter referred to as “U.S. university”) during the 2021-22 academic year. This RA permits submission of the initial Technical Volume I to be made prior to the formal appointment of the postdoctoral fellow. During the full proposal stage, the Principal Investigator at the university the postdoctoral plans to attend during the 2021-2022 academic year must be identified. The U.S. university must be capable of receiving and managing a DARPA grant. Responsibilities of the U.S. university will include submission of required financial and technical reports and payment requests, and any other responsibilities outlined in the grant. Award is contingent on formal appointment of the identified eligible individual to a postdoctoral position prior to the time the award is made.



Amount Description

Anticipated Funding Available for Award: Each award will not exceed a maximum value of $300,000 and will cover a 24-month period of performance

Funding Type



Post Doctoral Fellows


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

December 14, 2020