Engineered Living Materials (ELM)
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DARPA ELM Proposers Day

Description & Objectives

Special Notice: DARPA-SN-16-56
Program Name: Engineered Living Materials (ELM)

The Biological Technologies Office (BTO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is sponsoring a Proposers Day for the potential proposer community in response to a forthcoming Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the Engineered Living Materials (ELM) Program. The Proposers Day will be held on August 26, 2016 in Arlington, VA.  Advanced registration is required.  The Proposers Day objectives are:

1) To introduce the science and technology community (industry, academia, and government) to the ELM program vision and goals; 

2) To facilitate interaction between investigators that may have capabilities to develop elements of interest and relevance to ELM goals; and

3) To encourage and promote teaming arrangements among organizations that have the relevant expertise, research facilities and capabilities for executing research and development responsive to the ELM program goals.

The Proposers Day will include overview presentations and optional sidebar meetings where potential proposers can discuss ideas for proposal submissions with the Government team.

The goal of the DARPA ELM program is to explore and develop living materials that combine the structural properties of traditional building materials with attributes of living systems, including the ability to rapidly grow, to self-repair, and to adapt to the environment. Living materials represent a new opportunity to leverage engineered biology to solve existing problems associated with the construction and maintenance of our built environments, as well as to create new capabilities to craft smart infrastructure that dynamically responds to our surroundings. The specific program objectives are to develop design tools and methods that enable the engineering of structural features into cellular systems that function as living materials, thereby opening up a new design space for building technology. These new methods will be validated by the production of living materials that can reproduce, self-organize and self-heal.  See DARPA-BAA-16-50 for complete details of the ELM Program.

Registration Information

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 5:00 PM EST

Foreign Nationals: DARPA Security requires that all non-U.S. citizens must complete and return a Visit Request Form (DARPA Form 60) in order to attend the meeting. Forms must be received by Tuesday, August 23, 2016.  The form will be attached to your confirmation email. Please email the completed form to Failure to do so will result in cancellation of your registration. 

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Registration is limited by the venue capacity, and early registration is strongly recommended. Organizations are limited to two attendees. The registration cutoff date is August 23, 2016, or once attendance capacity is met, whichever comes first. There will be no on-site registration.


Friday, August 26, 2016
8:30 am - 9:00 amCheck-in / Receive Badge
9:00 am - 9:20 amWelcome and ELM Discussion - Dr. Justin Gallivan, DARPA/BTO
9:20 am - 9:40 amDARPA BAA Process - Mr. Michael Mutty, DARPA/CMO
9:40 am - 10:00 amBreak / Attendees Submit Questions
10:00 am - 11:30 amDiscuss Attendee Questions
11:30 am - 12:30 pmLunch Break (a list of local restaurants will be available at the registration desk)
12:30 pm - 2:30 pmOptional Sidebars

Contact Information

Please contact Devon Davis at with any questions or concerns.