New DARPA Fellowship Program for Postdoctoral Research in Computer Science

Nov 16, 2020

by ASME.org

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced a new fellowship program in an effort to enhance the quality and future prosperity of the U.S. computer science research workforce. The program provides an opportunity for postdoctoral computer science researchers to receive a two-year grant to fund their research. The program is being conducted through DARPA’s existing Young Faculty Award program, which has provided funding opportunities for rising researchers with national-security-relevant work since 2006. The program intends to receive applicants from a verity of relevant fields, including engineering, science, and mathematics.
 
Dr. Bill Scherlis, director of DARPA’s Information Innovation Office, believes this new program will offset some of the recent concerns around the future of computer science that have been intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Because the pandemic has disrupted research and teaching at institutions of higher education, the employment prospects of the current cohort of Ph.D. graduates has been severely impacted,” said Director Scherlis. “If left unaddressed, these adverse impacts will result in a shortfall in research-qualified individuals in computer-science fields such as cybersecurity, software engineering, artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, human-machine interaction, social-network engineering, and other areas that are critical to U.S. national security and economic competitiveness.”

Those who wish to submit proposals must clearly state and explain an addressable problem considered by the Department of Defense (DOD) that they wish to address. Proposals should include an understanding of current relevant work on the intended research subject, as well as provide a research plan and schedule.

“In particular, we would like to see proposals that seek to expand core technical foundations, design novel application concepts based on these foundations, and explore the intersection of technical fields,” said Scherlis. “Novel combinations of cyber, artificial intelligence, and information technologies are encouraged, especially if they provide unique approaches to de-escalate or deter conflict.”
 
For more information about the research announcement, including the nine topic areas of interest, please visit https://beta.sam.gov/opp/e81b9b4267e04dea81f859cce8b13cf1/view.
 

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