Funding Opportunity: Army Research Laboratory Releases Program Announcement for Distributed and Collaborative Intelligent Systems Technology Collaborative Research Alliance
On February 21, the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) released a program announcement (PA) for the Distributed and Collaborative Intelligent Systems Technology (DCIST) Collaborative Research Alliance (CRA). CRAs are intended to address technology and capability gaps within the Army, by enabling basic and applied research through a consortium of academic, industry, and non-profit partners. There are currently three active CRAs, with CRA PAs released every four to five years.
The goal of the DCIST CRA is to advance the theoretical foundations of intelligent systems to augment the operational effectiveness of soldiers and intelligent systems. ARL’s vision is seamless incorporation of autonomous agents, soldiers, and data and information from external sources to create complete situational awareness and reduce the risk to and number of soldiers in the battlefield. To achieve this goal, ARL is requesting proposals from a consortium of organizations, led by an institution of higher education, in the following research areas (RAs):
- Distributed Intelligence (RA1): “Establish the theoretical foundations of multi-faceted distributed networked intelligent systems combining autonomous agents, sensors,
tactical super-computing, knowledge bases in the tactical cloud, and human experts to acquire and apply knowledge to affect and inform decisions of the collective team.”
- Heterogeneous Group Control (RA2): “Develop theory and algorithms for control of large autonomous teams with varying levels of heterogeneity and modularity across sensing, computing, platforms, and degree of autonomy.”
- Adaptive and Resilient Behaviors (RA3): “Develop theory and experimental methods for heterogeneous teams to carry out tasks under the dynamic and varying conditions
in the physical world.”
A successful CRA will address all three RAs, building collaborative relationships with members of the consortium for a multidisciplinary approach. Additionally, the CRA will form a relationship with ARL to jointly prioritize and solve problems relevant to DCIST.
An institution of higher education must be the Lead Research Organization (LRO) of the CRA, with each RA led by a Lead Research Area Organization (LRAO). The LRO can also be the LRAO for one RA. The LROs and LRAOs are responsible for directing the consortium and guaranteeing collaboration amongst and across RAs.
Opportunity Day: An opportunity day will be held March 1, 2017 at ARL in Adelphi, MD. The opportunity day is intended to be a dialogue between applicants, potential consortium teams, and ARL. Attendance of the opportunity day is not required to submit a whitepaper. To register for the DCIST Opportunity Day go to: https://einvitations.afit.edu/inv/anim.cfm?i=331402&k=0162430D7B55.
Registration closes at 12:00 PM EST on February 28, 2017. The agenda, as well as call-in instructions, can be found in the registration link.
Award Information: While subject to the availability of funds and annual appropriations, yearly basic research funds are estimated to be from $3.6 million to $6.3 million. The original award period is five years, with an option for a five-year extension.
Deadlines: Questions regarding the PA must be submitted by April 1, 2017. Whitepapers are due April 28, 2017. If invited to submit, full proposals are due July 14, 2017.
Sources and Additional Information:
- The full DCIST CRA PA is available at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=291951.
- Additional information about the DCIST CRA is available at http://www.arl.army.mil/www/default.cfm?page=3049.