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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Dec. 6, 2021
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The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has partnered with NSIN to develop civilian partnerships to modernize military technology. By the end of the year, AFRL is committed to awarding close to $3 million to entrepreneurs for innovative solutions that will make Air Force technology better, safer, and stronger. 


DEC. 7, 2021, 4 p.m. EST (Virtual)

Learn about opportunities in national security for full-time employment, fellowships, and internships through NSIN’s Hirethon, Technology and National Security Fellowship (TNSF), and X-Force programs.

DEC. 10, 2021

The Systems Engineering & Integration (SE&I) division of the Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications (NC3) enterprise within the U.S. Strategic Command is looking to hire both recent graduates and dedicated professionals who have training in systems, communications, or network engineering. If you have a background in data science, digital modeling, or cybersecurity, or if you have prior commercial or military experience with NC3-related systems, then SE&I might be the right place for you. 


NEWS: The NSIN Defense Innovation Accelerator (DIA) is now NSIN Foundry. The Foundry program matches cutting-edge DoD technologies with teams of entrepreneurs who work closely with lab inventors, mentors, coaches, subject matter experts, and DoD end-users to assess market viability and commercialization potential. The 2022 application for entrepreneurs and DoD Lab partners is now open.

MEDIA: The Mission Acceleration Center (MAC) serves as the Pacific Northwest’s center to accelerate defense technology and expand the national security problem solving network by connecting the companies with emerging technologies to the military for further development opportunities.

AFRL: Robust Ultra-wideband Electronics Challenge

DEC. 15, 2021

EVENT: The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is seeking solutions to explore and demonstrate ultra-wideband and robust electronics technologies. The challenge scope includes advanced millimeter (MM)-Wave Technology, or the development of advanced machine learning techniques to enable dynamic and efficient spectrum management operations. Submissions are due Dec. 15.

JAN. 24, 2022

EVENT: Registration is open for the first NSIN Hacks of 2022. Innovators will compete to develop solutions for autonomous vehicles traversing rugged terrain in austere environments. The Off the Beaten Path hackathon begins Jan. 24, 2022.


NEWS: Three NSIN university partners were selected to participate in the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)’s University Nanosatellite Program (UNP) to design, fabricate, and test small satellites. The two-year program sustains university research and education for students focused on small satellites and space technologies.

NEWS: NSIN program participants continue to be recognized nationally. Two teams of NSIN alumni from the University of California Berkeley were named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list in their respective fields. Congratulations, Obvious AI and Gridware.

Tuesdays, 1 p.m. EST (Virtual)

EVENT: Find answers to your questions about cybersecurity and information protection in the Department of Air Force (DAF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs every Tuesday during DAF’s ask-me-anything series. The topics for the Dec. 7 session are Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Level 1 and DoD cloud computing.
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DEC. 7, 2021, 11:30 a.m. EST (In-person or virtual)

EVENT: Connect with science and technology experts at the Department of Air Force (DAF) and discover opportunities with potential DAF partners. The keynote address will be delivered by DAF Science and Technology (S&T) Tech Connect Lead Elizabeth Escamillia.
 Register now >>

DEC. 7, 2021, noon EST (Virtual)

EVENT: Learn more about R&D funding available to small businesses to explore their technological potential in the federal marketplace and commercialize ideas from the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.
 Register now >>

DEC. 9, 2021, 1 p.m. EST (Virtual)

EVENT: Learn about unmanned vehicles (UxV) and unmanned systems (UxS) development, experimentation, demonstration, acquisition, operations, and employment at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division (NSWCCD)’s Industry Day Dec. 9.
 Register now >>

DEC. 15, 2021, 2:30 p.m. EST (Virtual)

EVENT: Join SPACEWERX’s webinar series to learn more about its upcoming Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) solicitation for capabilities to remove congestion and debris in space in order to maintain the long-term sustainability of the space domain. The next webinar is Dec. 15.
 Register now >>


The Department of Navy (DoN) will award up to $150,000 to individuals from U.S.-based Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Institutions (MI) in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields for solutions to advance basic naval-relevant science and technology (S&T), to engage more faculty and students in STEM, or to expand the STEM research capacity of HBCU/MI institutions. Submissions are due Dec. 15.
Submissions are now open to develop solutions for a soldier readiness interface tool that can easily and quickly record soldier data, provide coaching, and interface with the Army’s data fabric. The deadline is Dec. 29.

The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) is interested in receiving proposals for research initiatives such as science and engineering, business, politics and public/foreign policy, operational and information sciences, and other studies. Submissions are due Dec. 31.

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