The following events should be of particular interest to the OFRN Community.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is sponsoring a Proposers Day to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of an anticipated Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the Optimization with Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum devices (ONISQ) program. The Proposers Day will be held on March 19, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Executive Conference Center (4075 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22203). The event will be webcast for those who would like to participate remotely. Advance registration is required both for attending the Proposers Day in person and for viewing the webcast.
The principal objective of the ONISQ program is to demonstrate quantitative advantage of Quantum Information Processing (QIP) over the best classical methods for solving combinatorial optimization problems using Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum (NISQ) devices. In addition, the program will identify families of problem instances in combinatorial optimization where QIP is likely to have the biggest impact.
The goals of the ONISQ Proposers Day are to: (a) introduce the research community (Proposers, Academia, and Government) to the ONISQ program vision and goals; (b) explain the mechanics of a DARPA program and the milestones of this particular effort, and (c) encourage and promote teaming arrangements among potential organizations that have the relevant expertise, facilities, and capabilities for executing a research and development program responsive to the ONISQ program goals.
Additional information regarding this special notice can be found at the following link:
In-person Registration Deadline:
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 12:00 PM ET or when capacity is reached, whichever comes first
Webinar Registration Deadline:
Friday, March 15, 2019 at 12:00 PM ET or when capacity is reached, whichever comes first
Please send any questions regarding this notice to ONISQ@darpa.mil.
This day-long workshop is for small businesses seeking to understand the nuances and best strategies for successfully competing for the Nation’s largest seed fund: between the National Institute of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Defense (DOD) and other agencies, approximately half of the $2.5 – billion SBIR/STTR funding is directed at health care and life science innovations. Learn from former NIH SBIR/STTR manager what reviewers are looking for and understand how to properly construct a competitive application. The focus will be on life science and health care technologies with attention to the similarities and differences between the NIH and NSF SBIR programs.
Featured Speaker will be Lenka Fedorkova, Ph.D., CEO and Founder, bioPrime, LLC, a former executive manager of the SBIR/STTR programs across the NIH, FDA and CDC.
You will also hear from Vedang Kothari, CEO and President of MuReva Phototherapy. He will share his experience and insights from the recent company launch of MuReva and their experience with SBIR and other funding in a successful start-up.
The program will also include Deborah Riley of MSM Group, Inc. who will give a basic tutorial on DCAA compliant accounting system requirements for small businesses.