Enabling Components of Human Augmentation

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)
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Application Deadline
2/28/2023 6:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Research Topic Description, including Problem Statement:

Devices for detecting a variety of inputs including motion, pressure, and electrical activity are necessary for many human-augmentation technologies. However, development in human augmentation is incremental and derives from advances in technologies that fill a need. More recently, researchers have begun to realize the possibilities of these technologies in advancing human capabilities, and projects have developed with the aim of extending a person’s abilities. Sensors that enable human augmentation, for example, can include implants, biotechnologies, and information technologies. The aim of this topic is to develop a fundamental understanding of enhanced capabilities, augmented intelligence, and more rapid, structured, voluminous data exchanged between human and machine.

Example Approaches:

A brain-machine interface requires sensors to input information from brain function to a machine, or vice versa. Human augmentation has great potential through bioengineering to achieve significant advances in enhancement and control process of human capabilities beyond their normal range. There are different ways to approach this research; versatility is encouraged. For example:

  • One approach could investigate enabling components which would allow a brain-machine interface to control a swarm constellation or receive multiple intelligence feeds from different platforms, taking a systems of systems integration approach. 
  • A different approach could focus on investigating advanced software using machine learning and big data to augment the potential for a human-machine interface to be used in support of intelligence collection or analysis. Whether information technology augments human intelligence via brain interfaces or via advanced wearables, software will need to determine the information, intelligence, or other input that would increase human cognitive capacity.
  • Another approach could explore a human-machines interface’s potential for augmenting human capabilities, such as boosting human reaction time or altering human behaviors, while investigating how different sensors or implants could improve these abilities.

Relevance to the Intelligence Community (IC):

The linkage to current DNI’s S&T priorities is dependent on the submissions we receive. However, we anticipate those submissions will likely include the following priorities: Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning and Biotechnology.


Postdoc Eligibility

  • U.S. citizens only
  • Ph.D. in a relevant field must be completed before beginning the appointment and within five years of the application deadline
  • Proposal must be associated with an accredited U.S. university, college, or U.S. government laboratory
  • Eligible candidates may only receive one award from the IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program

Research Advisor Eligibility

  • Must be an employee of an accredited U.S. university, college or U.S. government laboratory
  • Are not required to be U.S. citizens


Key Words: Human Augmentation, Cognitive Augmentation, Bio-electronics, Neural Interface, Human-machine Teaming, Human-machine Interface, Bio-engineering, Bio-materials, Sensors, Electronic Skin, Artificial Neural Networks, Brain-Computer Interface, Cognitive Enhancement, Human-in-the-loop

Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Doctoral Degree.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Chemistry and Materials Sciences (12 )
    • Communications and Graphics Design (6 )
    • Computer, Information, and Data Sciences (17 )
    • Earth and Geosciences (21 )
    • Engineering (27 )
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (14 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (48 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (11 )
    • Other Non-Science & Engineering (2 )
    • Physics (16 )
    • Science & Engineering-related (1 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (29 )

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