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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Nov. 1, 2021
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The Mission Acceleration Center (MAC) opened its doors on Oct. 29 to provide a single entry point for the Pacific Northwest’s academic, venture, and startup communities to connect with DoD innovation organizations, venture capital firms, and major tech companies. The MAC will serve as the region’s center to accelerate defense technology and expand the national security problem solving network by drawing in new, non-traditional innovators.

Early-stage ventures are developing energy resilient and spectrum management technologies to do business with the Department of Defense (DoD) as a part of Compass, a new pilot program created by NSIN and ACME General Corp. The incubators and accelerators in the cohort represent states often overlooked for engagement by the greater defense community. Over the next two months, participants will use unique technical expertise to showcase and shape defense innovation in energy and radio technology verticals.


Register this week NOV. 9, 2021 2 p.m. EST (Virtual)

EVENT: Learn how the DoD is strengthening its relationship with Silicon Valley. In this virtual information session, the Center for Security and Emerging Technology Foretell (CSET Foretell) and NSIN will explore the DoD’s efforts and successful outcomes in Silicon Valley. Registration is required.


MEDIA: Trish Martinelli has been selected as the new executive director of the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum (DEF). In this volunteer role, Martinelli will lead DEF’s vision and direction, oversee the organization’s day-to-day operations, volunteer team, and represent DEF to partners, government officials, and the public.

MEDIA: Learn more about the UC Berkeley 2021 X-Force Fellows’ experiences. One student developed a workflow process for Ellsworth Air Force Base that has been shared with all of Air Force Global Strike Command. Another explored machine learning commands on mechanical behavior at the Naval Postgraduate School.

MEDIA: The XVIII Airborne Corps is expanding access to its Dragon’s Lair program on the NSIN UNUM platform to service members across all services and units.

Apply now for the 2022 NSIN X-Force
NEWS: Applications are now open for the 2022 NSIN X-Force Fellowship. Selected fellows will work with military and national security leaders on real-world DoD missions, participate in professional development opportunities, and gain experience using their skills for national security solutions. Apply by Dec. 17.

NOV. 12, 2021

EVENT: Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is hiring computer scientists, engineers, and psychologists to advance the research and development of warfighting technologies for their air, space, and cyberspace forces. The application period closes Nov. 12.

AFRL: Robust Ultra-wideband Electronics Challenge

DEC. 15, 2021

EVENT: Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) seeks solutions that explore and demonstrate technologies for ultra-wideband and robust electronics, advanced millimeter (MM)-Wave Technology, or the development of advanced machine learning techniques to enable dynamic, efficient spectrum management operations. 


NEWS: North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) defense officials announced the launch of the NATO Innovation Fund that will provide over $1 billion to support dual-use technologies in key areas for allied security. In addition, officials will outline the alliance's first-ever strategy on integrating data, sensors, and cyber technologies for artificial intelligence.

NOV. 2 - 4, 2021 (In-person)

EVENT: The forum will feature perspectives from global leaders on the most pressing national security and foreign policy issues today.

NOV. 4 - 7, 2021 (In-person)

EVENT: Join others interested in rapidly prototyping a game focused on the challenges faced by the various branches of the armed forces. Teams seek diverse talents such as artists, programmers, game designers, web designers, sound designers, writers, poets, interpretive dancers, people excited about video games, and anyone interested in improving the armed forces. 

NOV. 9, 2021 at 7 a.m. EST (Virtual)

EVENT: Network with innovators from organizations across the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to share best practices, discover solutions, and collaborate on future opportunities.


The xView3 Challenge prize competition seeks to identify the best computer vision algorithms to advance the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The challenge, sponsored by the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) and Global Fishing Watch (GFW), will award a total of $150,000 to developers with selected solutions that harness satellite-based synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data to detect dark vessels. Submissions are due Nov. 30.

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.

Startups in technology areas such as artificial intelligence, energy, medical devices, robotics, and semiconductors can receive up to $2 million in seed funding from National Science Foundation (NSF)’s America’s Seed Fund. The next submission window deadline for NSF to receive pitches to apply for its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I program is Dec. 2.
Follow the NSIN funding opportunities blog to identify more funding across the defense innovation space. 
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