Young Faculty Award (YFA)


Funding Opportunity ID: 297218
Opportunity Number: DARPA-RA-17-01
Opportunity Title: Young Faculty Award (YFA)
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 12.910
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: 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 the full proposal deadline listed in Part One: Overview Information:

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.

All proposers must be employed at a U.S. Institution.

Previous YFA Award recipients are not eligible for this or any future YFA program.

Former DARPA Program Managers are not eligible to apply for funding under this program.

Researchers working at Federally Funded Research and Development Centers, DoD and other Government Laboratories are not eligible to apply as PIs for funding under this program, however they may be proposed as subs – please see Section VIII.B on teaming in DARPA-RA-17-01.

Non-U.S. individuals may participate to the extent that such participants comply with any necessary nondisclosure agreements, security regulations, export control laws, and other governing statutes applicable under the circumstances. See Section III.A for more information.

At the executive summary phase, proposing PIs are limited to one executive summary per TA; at the full proposal phase, proposing PIs are limited to submitting only one full proposal to only one topic under this RA. Submitting more than one full proposal may result in all of the PI’s proposal submissions being determined non-conforming and being removed from award consideration. A proposer is strongly encouraged to submit an executive summary in advance of a full proposal to determine DARPA’s interest and minimize the effort and expense of preparing an out of scope proposal.

Recipients of non-YFA DARPA awards are eligible to propose. Proposers must provide a listing of federal support (past, current, and pending). This list must include the sponsor, amount, and performance dates of all federally-funded research efforts and should be present on the submission cover sheet as indicated in Section IV.

There is no limit to the number of applications that can be submitted by an institution; however each submission must have a single principal investigator. Submissions to young investigator programs sponsored by other agencies are not restricted.

Agency Code: DOD-DARPA-DSO
Agency Name: Department of Defense
DARPA – Defense Sciences Office
Posted Date: Sep 07, 2017
Close Date: Dec 04, 2017
Last Updated Date: Sep 07, 2017
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Description: 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. DARPA is particularly interested in identifying outstanding researchers who have previously not been performers on DARPA programs, but the program is open to all qualified applicants with innovative research ideas.
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