Strategic Technology Office (STO) Office-wide -- HR001123S0003

Funding Agency:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

DARPA’s Strategic Technology Office (STO) is seeking innovative ideas and disruptive technologies that provide the U.S. military and national security leaders trusted, disruptive capabilities to win in all physical domains (Air, Space, Sea, and Land) and across the spectrum of competition, from deterrence to high-end peer combat. STO seeks to carry out DARPA’s mission of creating high-risk, high-reward “breakthrough” technologies with a focus on ambitious, difficult, and revolutionary projects that achieve significant changes or fundamental shifts in technical capabilities and give our warfighters new ways to fight. STO will develop and deliver solutions at a speed and scale to be operationally relevant in a relatively short time, just a few years, from the initiation of the project to proof of concept.

Proposals may be submitted any time throughout the year until 4:00 PM on the closing date.

Closing Date: October 31, 2023

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Areas of Interest

Research areas of current interest to STO include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Acoustic communication and sensing
  • Adaptability
  • Advanced computing
  • Architecture and advanced systems engineering
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Autonomy and control algorithms
  • “Big data” analytics
  • Combat identification
  • Command and control (C2)
  • Communications and networking, virtual and adaptive
  • Complexity management
  • Critical infrastructure defense
  • Decision Aids and C2 technology
  • DevOps and novel software development and integration
  • Digital twins
  • Directed energy (DE)
  • Distributed autonomy and teaming (machine-machine, human-machine)
  • Effects chain functions (disaggregated Find, Fix, Finish, Target, Engage, Assess)
  • Electro-Optic/Infrared sensors
  •  Electromagnetic Warfare (EW)
  •  High frequency (HF) communications and sensing
  • High voltage electric power systems and architecture
  • Human behavior modeling
  • Human-machine symbiosis
  • Logistics
  • Integration and reliability technologies
  • Interoperability
  • Modeling and simulation
  • Microwave and millimeter wave communications and sensing
  • Novel kinetic effects
  • Non-kinetic effects (EW, DE, cyber)
  • Photonics
  • Radio technologies (especially software-defined and novel waveforms and processing)
  • Radar and adaptive arrays
  • Robotics
  • Seekers and other expendable sensors and processing
  • Sensors and analytics
  • Signal processing
  • Space sensors, communications, autonomy, and architectures (especially supporting proliferated low earth orbit constellations)
  • Strategy analysis technology
  • Supply chain analytics
  • System of systems
  • Undersea and seabed technology 
  • Tactics development technology
  • Testing and data collection
  • Very Low Frequency (VLF) technology

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

October 31, 2023