June 16, 2023

Webinar Only - ZoomGov 

Registration is required by all meeting participants. 
Registration Closes on Wednesday June 14, 2023 at Noon ET
Please reach out to Renee Besanson at rbesanson@sainc.com to be put on the waitlist. 
There will be no day of registration

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ABC Overview

Anesthetics are remarkable drugs that have long-enabled surgical interventions, but their inherent lack of safety necessitates careful monitoring nearly exclusively within an operating room environment. The Anesthetics for Battlefield Care (ABC) program will test the hypothesis that therapeutic effects of anesthetics can be uncoupled/separated from deleterious effects. ABC endeavors to produce drugs for use in traumatic injury capable of safe, unmonitored anesthesia to enable earlier life-saving interventions, reduce the trauma associated with battlefield-injury, and thereby improve combat casualty outcomes.

DARPA is soliciting innovative proposals that will generate anesthetics that can be used safely in cases of traumatic injury without physiological collapse. The envisioned approach will represent a paradigm shift, moving away from the administration of anesthetics with intense monitoring by highly-trained personnel to operational settings where such capabilities do not exist or cannot be afforded. A responsive proposal will pursue the discovery of unappreciated anesthetic mechanisms, achieve anesthesia leveraging novel drugs or drugs as components of cocktails, and produce a formulated end product that exhibits increased safety compared to state-of-the-art drugs.

Success with ABC will provide the warfighter with capabilities to do the following: 1) enable unmonitored anesthesia on the battlefield, 2) enable prolonged field care and lifesaving intervention, 3) reduce psychological trauma associated with combat injury, and 4) enable emergency critical care capabilities in the civilian sector.


Opportunities for Teaming

This Special Notice and Proposers Day include two specific opportunities for prospective proposers to identify team members:

  1. Lightning Talks: Interested attendees are invited to submit an (1) Adobe PDF slide deck (landscape) that summarizes their interests and capabilities (see instructions Attachment 1). These will be presented during “lightning talks” at Proposers Day. Lightning talk submissions (no more than one per attendee) will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, until the maximum possible number of submissions (given time constraints) is reached. Interested attendees must identify their intention to submit the lightning talk during registration.

All presentations must be emailed to ABCare@darpa.mil no later than 4:00 PM ET on June 12, 2023.

  1. Interested parties are also invited to submit a one-page teaming profile describing technical competencies, unique facilities and other capabilities, as they relate to the program, and desired technical/other competencies sought from other potential team partners (Attachment 2). The one-page profile should include, at a minimum:
  • Contact information (e.g., name, organization, email, phone number, mailing address, website);
  • Brief description of the proposer’s technical competencies and relevant facilities; and
  • Desired technical competencies and facilities from other potential team members, if applicable.

Submitted teaming profiles will be distributed via email to all registered attendees, in an effort to assist with team development and formation. Submitted teaming profiles must be in MS Word or Adobe PDF format. No submissions longer than one (1) page will be accepted. Multiple teaming profiles from independent groups in the same institution are allowed.

All conforming teaming profiles must be emailed to ABCare@darpa.mil no later than June 16, 2023. Profiles that do not use the provided template (see Attachment 2) and/or exceed the one-page limit will not be accepted. Information contained in teaming profiles shall be publicly releasable – profile submitters consent to distribution amongst event registrants. After Proposers Day, the teaming profiles will be sent via e-mail to all registrants on June 19, 2023. Specific content, communications, networking, and team formation are the sole responsibility of participants. Neither DARPA nor the DoD endorses any participating organization, nor does DARPA or DoD exercise any responsibility for improper dissemination of the teaming profiles.


Special Notice

Event Participation


There is no registration fee for the Proposers Day webinar. The registration deadline is Tuesday, June 14, 2023 at 12:00 PM ET or when attendance capacity is met, whichever comes first. There will be no same-day registration. Advance registration is required for all events and is mandatory for every individual intending to view the webcast either alone or as part of a group. Individuals who are unable to register because the deadline has passed or capacity has been reached (350 participants) for the Proposers Day or for the optional sidebar meetings, will be added to a waitlist. If slots remain open after registration closes or become available due to cancellations, the slots may be filled on a first come, first served basis from the waitlist.


Proposers Days are only open to registered potential proposers, i.e., the events are closed to the general public and media. For this particular program, Information Day registration is open to potential proposers who are U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, and foreign nationals.

All registrants who are not U.S. Citizens must complete and submit either a DARPA Form 60 (U.S. Permanent Resident and Foreign National Visit Request – e.g., industry or academia) or an Official Visit Request (foreign government personnel, only) through the Embassy based in Washington, DC, no later than Monday, June 12, 2023 at 12:00 PM ET. Form 60 submission instructions will be provided in the registration confirmation email. Contact your Embassy staff for assistance in submitting the Official Visit Request.


Webinar Information

This meeting will be held on the ZoomGov webinar platform. Content on this platform is restricted to Public Releasable Information only.

Downloading the Zoom application is suggested but understood that there are affiliation restrictions. Therefore, the alternative would be to join by web browser.