DARPA awards TIA grants for research

... and the 23 winners are ...

  • AlgoTek Inc. of Lakewood, Calif.

  • Alphatech Inc. of Burlington, Mass.

  • Analysis Group Inc. of New Haven, Conn.

  • Aptima Inc. of Woburn, Mass.

  • Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. of McLean, Va.

  • Colorado State University

  • Cycorp Inc. of Austin, Texas

  • Evolving Logic of Los Angeles

  • Fund for Peace of Washington

  • Global Infotek Inc. of Reston, Va.

  • ISX Corp. of Camarillo, Calif.

  • Hicks & Associates Inc. of McLean, Va.

  • Lockheed Martin Information Systems

  • Metron Inc. of Reston, Va.

  • Oculus Info Inc. of Toronto

  • Palo Alto Research Center Inc. of Palo Alto, Calif.

  • Raytheon Co.

  • Science Applications International Corp. of San Diego

  • Telcordia Technologies Inc. of Morristown, N.J.

  • 21st Century Technologies Inc. of Denver

  • University of Southern California

  • University of Maryland Institute for Physical Sciences

  • Veridian Systems Division of Arlington, Va.
  • The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has approved more than two dozen grants for its controversial Terrorism Information Awareness data-mining program.

    The Electronic Privacy Information Center earlier this year made public documents about TIA research proposals that it had obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

    The documents included approval letters for 26 of 180 proposals submitted in response to a March 2002 request for proposals.

    'EPIC anticipates receiving more documents covering various aspects of DARPA's data-mining activities over the next few months,' the organization said in a statement.
    DARPA solicited proposals for:
    • Large repositories without the constraints of commercial database products, and associated privacy protection technologies

    • Collaboration, automation and cognitive aids to model threats and analyze risks

    • End-to-end, closed-loop prototype systems to integrate technology and components from existing DARPA programs.

    The DARPA solicitation said: 'The size and duration will vary according to the type of effort. Proposers should define partitions so that the annual budget for each is in the $200,000 to $1 million range.'

    Congress authorized an initial $10 million for the program for this fiscal year. The Bush administration asked for another $20 million in its fiscal 2004 budget proposal.

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