DOD DARPA Young Faculty Award

Note to PIs: The following program summary is intended to be used for informational purposes only. It does not replace the sponsor’s actual funding opportunity announcement. Always review the most recent version of the sponsor’s full announcement to verify that the deadline has not changed and to identify the most current program requirements.

About the program

The objective of the DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) program is to identify and engage rising stars in junior research positions, emphasizing those without prior DARPA funding, and exposew them to DoD needs and DARPA's program development process. The YFA program provides funding, mentoring, and industry and DoD contact to awardees early in their careers so they may develop their research ideas in the context of national security needs. The long-term goal of the YFA program is to develop the next generation of academic scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who will focus a significant portion of their career on DoD and national security issues.


Participation in the YFA program is limited to any current tenure-track ASsistant or Associate Professors and to tenured Assistant of Associate Professors withing three (3) years of their tenure appointment at a U.S. institution of higher education or equivalent at a U.S. non-profit science and technology research institution.

Award amount and award period

Each award will include a 24-month base period (a maximum of $500,000) and a 12-month option period (a maximum of $500,000).

Application deadline

November 13, 2018. The annual research announcement seeking YFA applications is typically posted to the and websites between July and August.

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Last updated: August 1, 2019.