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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Jan. 10, 2022
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Applications are now open for the NSIN Tech Squad program, which matches early-career tech professionals to DoD partners for a part-time, volunteer opportunity to serve.

DoD mission partners interested in a free, cooperative innovation resource, which utilizes volunteer experts to address complex technical national security issues, can submit problems for the 2022 Tech Squad cohort now.


JAN. 14, 2022- Registration Deadline

FEB. 3, 2022- DE&I Showcase

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


JAN. 21, 2022- Applications Due

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.

JAN. 24, 2022- Registration Deadline

FEB. 10, 2022- Day of Autonomy Showcase and Finalist Pitch Competition

EVENT: Registration is open for the first NSIN Hacks event of 2022. Innovators will develop technology solutions for autonomous vehicles traversing rugged terrain in austere environments and compete for one of three $15,000 prizes. The Off the Beaten Path hackathon begins on Jan. 24.

MARCH 11, 2022- Applications Due

EVENT: Gain access to breakthrough government technology while solving national security problems. NSIN Foundry, formerly the Defense Innovation Accelerator (DIA), 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 of lab technology. 


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.
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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.
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.
The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) is awarding one or more Other Transaction (OT) awards for solutions to state-of-the-art amphibious unmanned systems capable of detecting, identifying, localizing, navigating to, inspecting, and neutralizing explosive hazards from very shallow water (40 feet or less) through the surf zone to the beach exit. Submissions are due on Jan. 17.
Follow the NSIN funding opportunities blog to identify more funding across the defense innovation space. 
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