Press Enrollment Request Site


Thank you for your interest in covering the DARPA Subterranean (SubT) Challenge Tunnel Circuit press day being held Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Mining Program's Safety Research Coal Mine and Experimental Mine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This registration site is only for members of the press and their support personnel.
DARPA will issue press credentials only to those who are actively engaged in the profession of journalism and are either working directly or freelancing for a recognized news organization. Examples of press include, but are not limited to:
  • Print or broadcast journalist
  • Photo journalist
  • Radio broadcaster
  • Photographer/videographer
Note that this website is intended for collection of enrollment requests only. If multiple people from your organization would like to attend, each must submit an enrollment request form separately. Submission of the enrollment request form does not guarantee access to the DARPA SubT Challenge Tunnel Circuit. The enrollment request deadlines are as follows:
Non-U.S. Citizens -- 11:59 pm EDT, Wednesday, June 19, 2019
U.S. Citizens -- 11:59 pm  EDT, Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Press representatives will receive a notification regarding acceptance of their request on or before Thursday, August 1, 2019. 

The Challenge

Complex underground settings present significant challenges for military and civilian first responders. The hazards vary drastically across domains that can degrade or change over time and are often too high-risk for personnel to enter.
The DARPA Subterranean or "SubT" Challenge seeks novel approaches to rapidly map, navigate, and search underground environments during time-sensitive combat operations or disaster response scenarios.
Please visit the DARPA SubT Challenge website for additional information.


DARPA will host an on-site press day 
Tuesday, August 20, 2019. DARPA Public Affairs will help coordinate interviews with SubT Challenge staff and competing teams.


Food trucks may be made available on site for purchase of food and beverage. Members of the press are encouraged to bring food with them each day or plan to utilize the on-site vendors to minimize the number of trips through the NIOSH security gate.


For SubT Challenge Tunnel Circuit enrollment request form questions or updates, please email

Press with inquiries should contact DARPA Public Affairs at