DARPA: R&D of the Future, Today

By administering the Michigan Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Matching Funds Program* (MD.MFP), Mac-OU INC is currently increasing the amount of federally-sponsored (DARPA) research and development (R&D) funding to the State of Michigan, specifically for the defense industry. This program hosts DARPA education and trainings; assists Michigan academic institutions partnering with businesses to compete in DARPA challenges, which push researchers to advance technologies and bridge the gap between fundamental discoveries and military use; and provides matching funds for DARPA-funded Michigan proposals up to 25 percent of the awarded federal amount, or $50,000, whichever is less.

The thrill of Mac-OU INC administering this program to provide more R&D funding to Michigan is a given. However, with no prior experience with DARPA, my excitement for this agency truly stemmed from the results of all the past completed DARPA projects.

Through DARPA, we have been able to enjoy the internet, microwaves, cloud computing and speech recognition (any other Siri lovers out there?). This is not even mentioning all of the defense applications such as body armor, unmanned aerial and undersea vehicles, the M-16 assault rifle and global positioning systems.

Let’s check out some of our more recent favorites:

 

With such a powerful past and continuously emerging disruptive technologies, what do you think is in store for DARPA in the future?

*MD.MFP is made possible by the Michigan Strategic Fund, via the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. For more information on MD.MFP, please visit michigandarpa.org.

Joan Carleton
Marketing & Communications Manager
Macomb-OU INCubator

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