DARPA Insect Allies Proposers Day

November 18, 2016

Welcome to the DARPA Insect Allies Proposers Day website! The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is a division of the U.S. Department of Defense that is dedicated to creating tomorrow's technologies today. As part of this goal, DARPA is supporting the Insect Allies program to develop an innovative new platform to meet the biological and environmental threats facing 21st century agriculture head on. The Insect Allies Proposers Day is designed to allow potential proposers to understand DARPA's mission and granting procedures, interact with and ask questions of Insect Allies Program Manager, Dr. Blake Bextine, and forge or improve collaborations with potential grant proposal team members. If you see yourself at the forefront of agricultural innovation, we want to see YOU at the Insect Allies Proposers Day!

Registration Information

The DARPA Insect Allies Proposers Day will be held on November 18, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at the Executive Conference Center (4075 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 350, Arlington, VA 22203). 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: November 14, 2016 at 12:00 PM or when capacity is reached, whichever comes first.

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 no registration fee for this meeting. There is an optional meal fee for attendees that would like to participate. The meal fee for lunch is $15.

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 100 registrants.
  • Remote participation via webcast is limited to 500 participants.

Registrants in excess of the maximum capacity limitations (100 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.

All registrants who are not U.S. Citizens must complete and submit a DARPA Form 60 (U.S. Permanent Resident and Foreign National Visit Request) no later than 12:00 PM on Monday, November 14, 2016. This form and submission instructions will be provided in the registration confirmation email.


Interested attendees are invited to present a summary of their interest and capabilities during a 3-minute "lightning" presentation (template provided with special notice DARPA-SN-16-73@darpa.mil) at the Proposers Day. Presentations consisting of multiple slides will not be granted a time slot. Attendees may also choose to present a poster (template provided with special notice DARPA-SN-16-73@darpa.mil) 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.

All presentations and posters must be emailed to DARPA-SN-16-73@darpa.mil no later than 12:00 PM ET on Monday, November 14, 2016.

Contact Information

For registration questions, contact Renee Besanson via phone at 703-797-4584 or email at rbesanson@sainc.com. For programmatic questions, please email DARPA-SN-16-73@darpa.mil. Please refer to the DARPA Insect Allies Proposers Day (DARPA-SN-16-73) in all correspondence.