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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Jan. 3, 2022
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Start 2022 by adding these upcoming programs and registration deadlines to your calendar.

When is the deadline? Applications are due Jan. 14, 2022
Save the date: The Starts DE&I Showcase is Feb. 3, 2022.
Who should apply? U.S.-owned and operated companies offering geospatial-focused skill sets to respond to the showcase problem statements.
What is Starts: NGA Small Business DE&I Showcase? NSIN is partnering with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to identify companies capable of developing geospatial-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

When is the deadline? Applications from students and problems from DoD sponsors are due Jan. 21, 2022.
Who should apply? University students and DoD problem sponsors.
What is X-Force? 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.

When is the deadline? Applications are due Jan. 24, 2022
Save the date: The Hacks: Off the Beaten Path live pitch competition is Feb. 10, 2022.
Who should register? Anyone who is creative and interested in solving problems. 
What is Hacks: Off the Beaten Path? Innovators will develop concepts and solutions for autonomous vehicles traversing rugged terrain in austere environments in order to compete for one of three $15,000 prizes. The Off the Beaten Path hackathon begins Jan. 24, 2022.

Invitation only event: Feb. 17, 2022
Who should apply? Fall 2021 H4D teams.
What is H4D Showcase Day? NSIN is spotlighting a variety of defense technology solutions created by students from 21 schools that participated in the fall semester of H4D.

When is the deadline? Registration is open now. Deadline for application is Mar. 11.
Who should apply? Entrepreneurs in the academic and startup communities interested in building a venture around cutting-edge DoD technologies developed in government laboratories.
What is Foundry? NSIN Foundry, formerly the Defense Innovation Accelerator (DIA), matches cutting-edge DoD technologies with teams of entrepreneurs during an intensive 20-week cohort. Participants work closely with lab inventors, mentors, coaches, subject matter experts, and DoD end-users to assess market viability and commercialization potential. 


NEWS: Did you miss our 2021 Year in Review? For Team NSIN, 2021 was a year marked by expansion, diversification, and innovation that is changing the way the DoD solves problems.

MEDIA: Innovators from the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base will present their solution, Project Hermes, to Air Force leadership and a panel of industry experts at the Air Force Association Warfare Symposium in March 2022. The team worked with NSIN to develop Project Hermes, a digital recall roster with the ability to send messages through a secure GovCloud server while allowing instant communication on an easy-to-use platform at a low cost.


JAN. 5, 2022

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.
 Learn more >>

JAN. 15, 2022

EVENT: This virtual cohort for companies with freshwater technologies- such as AI, sensors or materials, hydropower, nutrient capture/reuse, treatment technologies- focuses on expert-led sales and growth training tailored for water-tech businesses. The Business, Research and Entrepreneurship in Water (BREW) Accelerator 2.0 helps companies build connections and grow their business capacity at no cost.
 Learn more >>

JAN. 19, 2022, 2 p.m. EST (Virtual)

EVENT: Attend Kessel Run Engagement Day to learn more about the software development and acquisition unit for the U.S. Air Force, and discover how Kessel Run’s innovative platform can deliver cloud-based infrastructure and software solutions for your organization.


The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) is awarding $50,000 for solutions that demonstrate the potential of 5G technology on Army installation operations. Submissions are due Jan. 10, 2022.
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. 
Access the power of NSIN to tackle the toughest DoD challenges. Complete the problem intake form below and discover our network of problem solvers.
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The National Security Innovation Network is a program of the U.S. Department of Defense that collaborates with major universities and the venture community to develop solutions that drive national security innovation. We operate three portfolios of programs and services: National Service, Collaboration, and Acceleration. Together, these portfolios form a pipeline of activities and solutions that accelerate the pace of defense innovation.  
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