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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Dec. 13, 2021
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Today, NSIN released its 2021 Year in Review report that showcases a year marked by expansion, diversification, and innovation that is changing the way the Department of Defense (DoD) solves problems. Inside, you’ll discover mission partner success stories and regional infographics that show NSIN’s impact across the country. We invite you to learn more about our recent work and engage us if you need help or have an idea that will help improve national security.

AFRL: Robust Ultra-wideband Electronics Challenge


DEC. 15, 2021

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.

NSIN Hacking for Defense (H4D) is offering a limited opportunity for its military partners to submit more cyber, engineering, AI/ML, energy, big data, or policy problems for top university students to develop solutions with your team in the spring 2022 semester. Spots are filling up quickly, so complete our form today to provide information about your issue, timeline, and desired outcome. 


NEWS: NSIN appointed Mike Seper as its University Program Director at Washington University in St. Louis (WashU). Seper brings over fifteen years of entrepreneurial experience leading new ventures and mentoring startups emphasizing diversity and defense-focused engagement in St. Louis.

NEW JAN. 14, 2022

EVENT: NSIN is partnering with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) for a virtual event on Feb. 3, 2022, to identify companies capable of developing geospace-focused technology solutions supporting NGA to participate in a virtual small business diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) showcase. Interested small businesses should apply by Jan. 14, 2022.

JAN. 21, 2022

EVENT: NSIN is accepting applications 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 Jan. 21, 2022.

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.


DEC. 14, 2021, 3 p.m. EST (Virtual)

EVENT: Companies with innovative technologies to accelerate the development of hybrid-data architecture, and ensure the real-time movement of hybrid data across all domains, can receive $15,000 in the accelerator program and connect with resources, decision-makers, and potential new customers in the DoD. The accelerator is powered by Space Force, AFRL, and NSIN. Applications close Jan. 5, 2022. Attend the Catalyst Accelerator’s Ask-Me-Anything information session tomorrow, Dec. 14.

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 to maintain the long-term sustainability of the space domain. The next webinar is Dec. 15.

DEC. 16, 2021, 11 a.m. EST (Virtual)

EVENT: Discover innovations in ocean and wind technology created by the startups participating in MassChallenge and 401 Tech Bridge’s inaugural Blue Tech cohort. NSIN program alumni (Endeavor Composites, Jaia Robotics, Marecomms, Matidor, and vRotors) will be pitching.
 Learn more >>

Thursdays, noon EST (Virtual)

EVENT: Air Force Ventures (AFVentures), under AFWERX, hosts weekly webinars to answer questions about the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) open topics every Thursday at noon EST.
 Learn more >>

Deadlines vary by location

EVENT: Applications are now open for students who own and operate a business to apply for the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA). Winning teams can receive up to $50,000 in prize packages.
Learn more >>


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.

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is seeking innovative research that combines artificial intelligence (AI)-driven planning with interactive gaming to improve joint air capabilities. Solutions should generate potential courses of action to allow operators to explore, cull, and evaluate combat plans while gaining insight into the future battlespace. Total funding for this opportunity is approximately $99 million. White papers are due Jan. 10, 2022.
Follow the NSIN funding opportunities blog to identify more funding across the defense innovation space. 
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