DARPA Hybrid Insect MEMS (HI-MEMS)

A — Hybrid Insect MEMS (HI-MEMS)

Solicitation Number: BAA06-22
Agency: Other Defense Agencies
Office: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Location: Contracts Management Office
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting research proposals in the area of Hybrid Insect MEMS. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices or systems. Specifically excluded is research, which primarily results in evolutionary improvement upon existing state-of-the-art.DARPA seeks innovative proposals to develop technology to create insect-cyborgs, possibly enabled by intimately integrating microsystems within insects, during their early stages of metamorphoses. The healing processes from one metamorphic stage to the next stage are expected to yield more reliable bio-electromechanical interface to insects, as compared to adhesively bonded systems to adult insects. Once these platforms are integrated, various microsystem payloads can be mounted on the platforms with the goal of controlling insect locomotion, sense local environment, and scavenge power. Multidisciplinary teams of engineers, physicists, and biologists are expected to work together to develop new technologies utilizing insect biology, while developing foundations for the new field of insect cyborg engineering. The HI-MEMS may also serve as vehicles to conduct research to answer basic questions in biology.

The final demonstration goal of the HI-MEMS program is the delivery of an insect within five meters of a specific target located at hundred meters away, using electronic remote control, and/or global positioning system (GPS). Although flying insects are of great interest (e.g. moths and dragonflies), hopping and swimming insects could also meet final demonstration goals. In conjunction with delivery, the insect must remain stationary either indefinitely or until otherwise instructed. The cyborg insects must also be able to transmit data from DOD relevant sensors, yielding information about the local environment. These sensors can include gas sensors, microphones, video, etc.

In order to successfully demonstrate the mission described above, it is anticipated that effort in the following technical areas is required:

1. Demonstrate reliable bioelectromechanical interfaces to insects,2. Demonstrate locomotion control using MEMS platforms, and

3. Demonstrate technologies to scavenge power from insects.

The HI-MEMS program is expected to be a three phase fundamental research and development effort, with an additional phase to transition the technology to DOD systems. Each phase should have options to continue to next phase. As the scope of potential methods to achieve program demonstration goal is large, applicants to this program are required to determine their own milestones for yearly reviews, which if not met could lead to early project termination. Both the timeliness and capability of reaching ones own metrics, and the aggressiveness and technical merits of the milestones will be equally weighed. The proposer’s capability to reach the milestones at the scheduled reviews, and being successful at the final demonstration will be critical to HI-MEMS success. Therefore, proposers should provide an in-depth justification for the milestones and schedule.

Additional information on these technology areas is provided in the Areas of Interest section of the BAA 06-22 Proposer Information Pamphlet referenced below. In particular, teams needing more information are encouraged to attend the Proposers Day Conference, described in the BAA 06-22 Proposer Information Pamphlet.

PROGRAM SCOPE

Multiple awards are anticipated. Collaborative efforts/teaming are encouraged. A web site http://teaming.sysplan.com/BAA-06-22/ has been established to facilitate formation of teaming arrangements between interested parties. Specific content, communications, networking, and team formation are the sole responsibility of the participants. Neither DARPA nor the Department of Defense (DoD) endorses the destination web site or the information and organizations contained therein, nor does DARPA or the DoD exercise any responsibility at the destination. This web site is provided consistent with the stated purpose of this BAA. Cost sharing is not required and is not an evaluation criterion but is encouraged where there is a reasonable probability of a potential commercial application related to the proposed research and development effort. The technical POC for this effort is Dr. Amit Lal, phone: (571) 218-4682, fax: (703) 248-1933; electronic mail: amit.lal@darpa.mil

GENERAL INFORMATION

Proposers must obtain a pamphlet entitled “BAA 06-22, Hybrid Insect Micro Systems, Proposer Information Pamphlet” which provides further information on Hybrid Insect Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems, the submission, evaluation, and funding processes, proposal abstract formats, proposal formats, and other general information. This pamphlet may be obtained from the FedBizOpps website: http://www.fedbizopps.gov/, Grants.gov website: http://www.grants.gov/, World Wide Web (WWW) at URL http://www.darpa.mil/ or by fax, electronic mail, or mail request to the administrative contact address given below.

Proposals not meeting the format described in the pamphlet may not be reviewed. In order to minimize unnecessary effort in proposal preparation and review, proposers are strongly encouraged to submit proposal abstracts in advance of full proposals. An original and seven (7) copies of the proposal abstract and two (2) electronic copies (i.e., two (2) separate disks) of the abstract [in PDF (preferred), or MS-Word readable, each on a single 3.5 inch High Density MS-DOS formatted 1.44 Megabyte (MB) diskette, a single 100 MB Iomega Zip (registered) disk, or a CD-ROM] should be submitted. Each disk must be clearly labeled with BAA 06-22, offeror organization, proposal title (short title recommended), and Copy __ of 2. The proposal abstract (original and designated number of hard and electronic copies) must be submitted to DARPA/MTO, 3701 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203-1714 (Attn.: BAA 06-22) on or before 4:00 p.m., local time, Monday, April 17, 2006.

Proposal abstracts received after this time and date may not be reviewed. Upon review, DARPA will provide written feedback on the likelihood of a full proposal being selected and the time and date for submission of a full proposal, which may differ from the originally published date below. Proposers not submitting proposal abstracts must submit an original and seven (7) of the full proposal and two (2) electronic copies (i.e., two (2) separate disks) of the full proposal [in PDF (preferred), or MS-Word readable, each on a single 3.5 inch High Density MS-DOS formatted 1.44 Megabyte (MB) diskette, a single 100 MB Iomega Zip (registered) disk, or a CD-ROM]. Each disk must be clearly labeled with BAA 06-22, offeror organization, proposal title (short title recommended), and Copy __ of 2. The full proposal (original and designated number of hard and electronic copies) must be submitted to DARPA/MTO, 3701 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203-1714 (Attn.: BAA 06-22) on or before 4:00 p.m., local time, Monday, June 5, 2006, in order to be considered during the initial round of selections; however, proposals received after this deadline may be received and evaluated up to one year from date of posting on FedBizOpps and FedGrants.

Full proposals submitted after the due date specified in the BAA or due date otherwise specified by DARPA after review of proposal abstracts may be selected contingent upon the availability of funds. This notice, in conjunction with the BAA 06-22 Proposer Information Pamphlet, constitutes the total BAA. No additional information is available, nor will a formal RFP or other solicitation regarding this announcement be issued. Requests for the same will be disregarded. The Government reserves the right to select for award all, some, or none of the proposals received and to make awards without discussion. All responsible sources capable of satisfying the Government’s needs may submit a proposal which shall be considered by DARPA.

Input on technical aspects of the proposals may be solicited by DARPA from non-Government consultants /experts who are bound by appropriate non-disclosure requirements. Non-Government technical consultants/experts will not have access to proposals that are labeled by their offerers as “Government Only”. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Minority Institutions (MIs), and Small and Small Disadvantaged Businesses are encouraged to submit proposals and join others in submitting proposals; however, no portion of this BAA will be set aside for these organizations’ participation due to the impracticality of reserving discrete or severable areas of research in Hybrid Insect MEMS (HIMEMS).

All administrative correspondence and questions on this solicitation, including requests for information on how to submit a proposal abstract or full proposal to this BAA, should be directed to one of the administrative addresses below; e-mail or fax is preferred. DARPA intends to use electronic mail and fax for correspondence regarding BAA 06-22. Proposals and proposal abstracts may not be submitted by fax or e-mail; any so sent will be disregarded. DARPA encourages use of the WWW for retrieving the Proposer Information Pamphlet and any other related information that may subsequently be provided.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

Evaluation of proposal abstracts and full proposals will be accomplished through a technical review of each proposal using the following criteria, which are listed in descending order of relative importance: (l) overall scientific and technical merit, (2) potential contribution and relevance to DARPA mission, (3) realism of the proposed schedule, (4) plans and capability to accomplish technology transition, (5) offeror’s capabilities and related experience, and (6) cost realism. Cost /price reasonableness will be made prior to award.The administrative addresses for this BAA are:

Fax: (703) 351-8616 (Addressed to: DARPA/MTO, BAA 06-22),

Electronic Mail: BAA06-22@darpa.mil

Mail: DARPA/MTO, ATTN: BAA 06-22
3701 North Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203-1714This announcement and the Proposer Information Pamphlet may be retrieved via the WWW at URL http://www.darpa.mil/ in the solicitations area.

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Amendment 1

Type:
Mod/Amendment
Posted Date:
March 9, 2006
Description: All Files
Contracting Office Address:
Other Defense Agencies, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Contracts Management Office, 3701 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA, 22203-1714
Point of Contact(s):
Amit Lal, DARPA Program Manager, Phone 571-218-4682, Fax 703-248-1933,
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    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting research proposals in the area of Hybrid Insect MEMS. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices or systems. Specifically excluded is research, which primarily results in evolutionary improvement upon existing state-of-the-art.DARPA seeks innovative proposals to develop technology to create insect-cyborgs, possibly enabled by intimately integrating microsystems within insects, during their early stages of metamorphoses.

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