Chemistry, Cryptography Headline IARPA Opportunities

June 9, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The intelligence research arm is seeking leap-ahead technologies.

Diverse sciences ranging from forensics to nanoscale chemical sampling and storage are among the research opportunities being targeted by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) to support future U.S. intelligence community activities. Some of these research areas are offered in a series of proposers’ days in advance of broad agency announcements, while others have passed that step and are in the request for information stage.

The organization’s HECTOR program aims to build a framework that enables system architects and application developers who are lacking extensive cryptographic expertise to develop secure distributed applications using advanced cryptographic techniques. It will have a proposers’ day in the Washington, D.C., area on July 14.

The Proteos program seeks to analyze properties of genetically variable peptides. The goal is to provide a new forensic tool for use against enemy individuals. Its proposers’ day, also in the Washington, D.C., area, will be on July 25.

The Ithildin program, which wants to develop novel sorbent materials  for chemical sampling and storage at the molecular and nanoscale levels, held its proposers’ day on June 6. And the HECTOR effort, which aims to study advanced cryptographic techniques and their challenges, has a request for information that closes on June 22.

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