DARPA pursues Grand Challenges on technology frontier

The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency is seeking input to identify the Grand Challenges of the 21st Century -- part of a broader national innovation strategy under the Obama administration, and has issued a request for information for the program, reports FCW, a sister publication of Defense Systems

"Grand Challenges are not restricted to projects to be undertaken under government sponsorship, but will likely be tackled by groups both within and outside the United States, using both public and private resources," the RFI noted. "Because of the cross-disciplinary nature of the most vexing problems facing the world today, Grand Challenges that are simply posed, inspirational, and easy to visualize for a variety of audiences are desired."

DARPA hopes to attract ideas, essentially ambitious but achievable goals that might capture the public’s attention and be fueled by innovation as were some epic projects of the past, from a diverse audience that might include not only domestic respondents, but also international participants.

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