DARPA Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors (PALS) Proposers Day

The Biological Technologies Office (BTO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is hosting a Proposers Day for the potential proposer community in support of a planned Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors (PALS) program. The Proposers Day will be held on March 2, 2018 at The Executive Conference Center in Arlington, VA. The event will be webcast for those who would like to participate remotely. Advance registration is required for both the physical meeting and the webcast. Note, all times listed in this announcement and on the registration website are Eastern Time.

The Proposers Day objectives are:

  • To introduce the Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors program vision and goals to the science and technology community (industry, academia, and government);
  • To explain the logistics of DARPA contract awards as well as the objectives of the Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors program;
  • To facilitate interaction between investigators that may have capabilities to develop elements of interest and relevance to Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors goals; and
  • To encourage and promote teaming arrangements among organizations that have the necessary expertise, facilities and capabilities to meet research objectives established by the Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors program.

Registration Information

The DARPA Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors Proposers Day will be held on March 2, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 3:45 PM at the Executive Conference Center (4075 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300, Arlington, VA). Agenda details can be found here. Note, all times listed in this announcement and on the registration website are Eastern Time. 

Registration opens: As of publication of this announcement.
Registration closes: Physical participation on February 23, 2018 at 12:00 PM or when capacity is reached, whichever comes first and webcast participation on February 26, 2018 at 12:00 PM or when webcast capacity is reached.

Advance registration is required for attending the Proposers Day. Interested parties must register through this website by clicking on the "New Registration" button. There is an optional $25 meal fee for in-person attendees.

Interested parties are encouraged to coordinate attendance internally within their organizations prior to registration. Physical attendance is limited to no more than two representatives per division/department.

  • Due to conference facility space limitations, attendance will be limited to the first 136 registrants.
  • Remote participation via webcast is limited to 500 participants.

Registrants in excess of the maximum capacity limitations (136 for physical attendance and 500 for the webcast) will be added to the waitlist. Individuals who are unable to register for in person attendance because the deadline has occurred or capacity has been reached will have the option of choosing to be added to the waitlist OR registering for attendance via webcast. If slots remain open after registration closes or become available due to cancellations, the slots will be filled on a first come, first-served basis from the waitlist.


Attendance is open to individuals who are U.S. Citizens, U.S. Permanent Residents, and Foreign Nationals. Upon entry to the physical meeting, all attendees will be required to present valid, Government-issued photo identification.


Interested attendees are invited to present a summary of their interest and capabilities during a 3-minute "lightning" talk (see Attachment 1 for template) at the Proposers Day. Presentations consisting of multiple slides will not be granted a time slot. Attendees may also choose to present a poster (see Attachment 2 for template) describing their research and interests that will be available for viewing and interaction during Proposers Day. Those interested may submit both a lightning talk and a poster. You must register for these on the registration page.

Lightning talk and/or poster submissions will be accepted on a first-come basis until time constraints (lightning talks) or physical capacity (posters) is reached.

Interested parties are also invited to submit a one-page profile describing technical competencies and facility capabilities as it relates to the program and desired technical competencies in other potential teammates (Attachment 3).

All profiles, presentations and posters must be emailed to DARPA-SN-18-29@darpa.mil no later than 12:00 PM EDT on February 23, 2018.

A consolidated list of profiles will be sent via email to proposers who submitted a valid profile (following the format provided and not exceeding the single page limit). Specific content, communications, networking, and team formation are the sole responsibility of the participants. Neither DARPA nor the Department of Defense (DoD) endorses the information and organizations contained in the consolidated teaming profile document, nor does DARPA or DoD exercise any responsibility for improper dissemination of the teaming profiles.


The afternoon Poster Session is intended to facilitate interaction and team building among meeting participants. If you are interested in presenting a poster, please make sure to select this option on the registration form. Posters will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis and should not be larger than 22" width x 28" height. You will NOT be responsible for printing your poster, DARPA will print and have it available for you at registration. Please do not include any proprietary information in your poster content.

Contact Information

Please direct all questions to DARPA-SN-18-29@darpa.mil and refer to the Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors Proposers Day (DARPA-SN-18-29) in all correspondence.