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National Security Innovation Network
Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021
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Early-stage entrepreneurs demonstrated next-generation solutions for defense and space technology at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during the inaugural NSIN Propel Demo Day on Sept. 23. Participating companies showcased their dual-use technologies for potential military and commercial partners.


OCT. 15, 2021

Submit your machine learning (ML) solution utilizing only external photographs to predict the internal structure of buildings for a chance to win up to $1 million to develop your concept with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). White papers are due Oct. 15.

OCT. 15, 2021

Problem solvers with skill sets in metal additive manufacturing (MAM) techniques can win a $1 million contract, awarded in three phases, to develop ultra-high-strength steel (UHSS) alloy solutions. Submit your ideas by Oct. 15 on the NSIN UNUM platform for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to review.


MEDIA: Perla Latorre-Suarez, an NSIN X-Force alumni, is investigating 3D-printed sensors that could help monitor and alert astronauts to problems during space missions. Latorre-Suarez, a University of Central Florida (UCF) graduate student, is earning her master’s degree in aerospace engineering.

OCT. 21, 2021

EVENT: The demo day will highlight the top MassChallenge Safety & Security track startup pitches and a keynote by former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Dr. Will Roper. The MassChallenge Safety & Security Cohort, sponsored by NSIN, prepares diverse innovators to do business with and better understand the DoD’s needs.

OCT. 25, 2021

EVENT: Sign up now to compete in NSIN's Power Play Hackathon. Ensuring energy availability in austere and expeditionary environments –such as forward operating bases, remote installations, or conflict zones –presents a significant challenge for military planners. Additional work is needed to make electronics and field equipment more efficient. Can you hack it?

OCT. 31, 2021 (For NSIN alumni only)

EVENT: NSIN alumni can apply for the next iteration of NSIN Vector. Over eight weeks, Vector teaches dual-use venture creation business fundamentals to teams. The cohort concludes with a $25,000 prize pitch competition. Applications are open now until Oct. 31.


NEWS: A new Federal Register notice requests comments to identify barriers facing small businesses in contracting with the DoD. This information will help the DoD leverage the capabilities of small businesses to increase competition, strengthen domestic supply chains, and support equity and inclusion in defense procurements. The comment period closes Oct. 25.

OCT. 14, 2021 at 3 p.m. EDT (Virtual)

EVENT: The webinar will showcase the Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)'s new intellectual property (IP) licensing options for businesses and expand on how companies can commercialize their technology with ERDC.

OCT. 19, 2021 at 8 a.m. EDT (In-person and virtual)

EVENT: The summit will highlight the development of Central Florida’s multibillion-dollar Modeling, Simulation and Training (MS&T) industry as a global showcase. Keynote speakers and industry experts will discuss the growing importance of cybersecurity and how Central Florida can utilize the region’s MS&T expertise to tackle present and future challenges.

OCT. 19 - 20, 2021 at 7:30 a.m. EDT (In-person)

EVENT: This investor conference and startup competition will showcase innovators and business opportunities in the Washington, DC metro area. Over 20 student teams and dozens of tech startups will pitch their cybersecurity, healthcare, and sustainability solutions for cash prizes.

OCT. 25 - 26, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. EDT (In-person and virtual)

EVENT: The Midwest Defense Innovation Summit provides an opportunity for innovators to provide insight and speak with policymakers and defense leaders, who are steering the nation's defense strategy. 


The Economic Development Administration (EDA) created a $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge that seeks to assist communities nationwide by accelerating the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and by building local economies that will be resilient to future economic shocks. Submissions are due Oct. 19.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is looking for new technologies and measures to combat the threat of attacks on the mind. This pitch-style event invites NATO-member innovators to showcase ways of securing the cognitive domain against attacks. The winning presentation will receive $5,000. Registration closes Oct. 20.

The Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic is seeking tools for supporting the U.S. Navy’s enterprise governance, risk management, and compliance (eGRC) Cybersecurity Campaign. Submissions may result in opportunities for a future Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)-based contract or a non-FAR-based agreement. Submissions are due by Nov. 1.
The Water Council in Wisconsin is holding its semi-annual water technology challenge, seeking innovative solutions to three focus areas: internet of things (IoT) enabled water quality sensors, control of microbial organisms, and minimizing energy consumption in wastewater treatment. Tech Challenge finalists will present their innovation to company sponsors and compete for a top prize of $10,000 per topic area. Submissions are due Nov. 7.

Follow the NSIN funding opportunities blog to identify more funding across the defense innovation space. 
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