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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, July 19, 2021
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The 2021 NSIN Propel program now includes 12 companies identified in a joint announcement from Decisive Point and Newlab, in partnership with the Air Force Research Laboratory. The selected companies will leverage their technology solutions to address key national security needs in government, defense, and space. 

NSIN X-Force Fellows from Georgia Tech and the University of Texas at Dallas both had the unique opportunity to collaborate in person with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific (MARFORPAC) at Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii. By building discrete-event simulations in Python, these fellows are helping streamline aviation and logistics for MARFORPAC.  



EVENT: The Polar Vortex Virtual Hackathon kicks off today. Don’t miss out on the latest NSIN Hacks event to develop solutions to help collect, analyze, process, and visualize geospatial data in the Arctic. Registration closes today at 11:59 p.m. EST.

JULY 19 - 23, 2021

EVENT: The virtual 2021 National Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Week will connect entrepreneurs and organizations working on advanced technologies and early-stage funding. Attendees will hear from federal agency program managers who administer over 7,000 awards and provide over $4 billion in funding to small businesses annually.

JULY 21, 2021

EVENT: A webinar on the Department of the Air Force (DAF) SBIR/STTR program and its opportunities and expectations for technology entrepreneurs and researchers.


JULY 29, 2021

EVENT: Join us for this virtual pitch competition featuring innovating startups focused on advanced textile fabric and fiber technologies. This two-part event will feature nine early-startup finalists and strategic remarks from AFFOA senior leaders. 

NEW AUG. 5, 2021

EVENT: The final, live pitch round for the NSIN Polar Vortex hackathon on Aug. 5 will feature Robert Cardillo, United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) Board Chair, as the keynote speaker. During the event, hackathon finalists will also present solutions for the event challenge. 

AUG. 5, 2021

EVENT: Attention Omaha Innovators - The DES will highlight defense-related technology innovation in Omaha, Nebraska, feature remarks from state business development leaders, and showcase defense innovation startups at a virtual tech expo. 


EVENT: NSIN is working with the U.S. Army 1st Cavalry Division on their inaugural innovation challenge. They want ideas and solutions to make the “First Team” more efficient to ensure that they remain courageous, audacious, and victorious. The deadline for submissions is Aug. 31.


EVENT: Have an innovative idea that can improve the Massachusetts National Guard (MANG)? If your answer is yes, join the 2021 MANG Patriot Pitch Competition.  Applicants must submit a minimum one-page summary describing the problem and its solutions. Finalists will brief their ideas to key decision-makers on Oct. 3.


The U.S. Army Research Office (ARO) is seeking plans for research in the next New and Emerging Qubit Science and Technology (nextNEQST) program. nextNEQST focuses on qubit systems that explore new operating regimes and environments, fundamentally new methods of fabrication, and new methods of design, control, or operation. Proposals are due July 20.
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) are seeking innovative ideas to build a global quantum future. White papers are due July 25.
To strengthen the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority-Serving Institutions (MIs), the Department of Defense (DoD) is seeking proposals for acquisition of equipment/instrumentation under the Research and Education Program for HBCU/MIs. The DoD and the Army Research Office (ARO) will award winners project grants ranging from $100,000 to $600,000. Applications are due by 4  p.m. ET on Aug. 16.
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