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Biological Control

Post Date

February 18th 2016

Application Due Date

April 29th 2016

4:00 pm EST

Funding Opportunity Number


CFDA Number(s)


Funding Instrument Type(s)

Cooperative Agreement

Funding Activity Categories

Science and Technology and other Research and Development

Eligibility Categories



  • Award Range:

    $None - $None

Grant Description

The objective of the DARPA Biological Control program is to build new capabilities for the control of biological systems across scales └ from nanometers to centimeters, seconds to weeks, and biomolecules to populations of organisms └ using embedded controllers made of biological parts to program system-level behavior. This program will apply and advance existing control theory to design and implement generalizable biological control strategies analogous to conventional control engineering, for example, for mechanical and electrical systems. The resulting advances in fundamental understanding and capabilities will create new opportunities for engineering biology. Specifically, the Biological Control program will demonstrate tools to rationally design and implement multiscale, closed-loop control of biological systems, through the development of biological controllers, testbeds to evaluate control of system-level behavior, and theory and models to predict and design effective control strategies. The resulting capabilities will be inherently generalizable to a variety of biological systems. Successful teams will integrate and apply these capabilities to demonstrate a practical proof-of-principle biological solution to a proposer-defined application relevant to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

Contact Information

  • Agency

    Department of Defense

  • Office:

    Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

  • Agency Contact:

    Elizabeth Strychalski
    Program Manager
    DARPA Biological Technologies Office

  • Agency Mailing Address:

    BAA Coordinator

  • Agency Email Address:

  • Location:

    DARPA - Biological Technologies Office

  • More Information:

    FedBizOps Link

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