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National Security Innovation Network
Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022
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Applications are now open for NSIN-alumni teams to participate in the NSIN Vector program to develop their solutions into dual-use ventures for clients inside and outside the DoD and compete for $25,000. Applications are open to NSIN alumni from Hacking for Defense (H4D), Hacks, X-Force, Foundry (formally Defense Innovation Accelerator), and Maker programs and are due March 13

In the 2021 Vector cohort, two startups created winning solutions. The first, Distributed Spectrum LLC, whose technology can detect and classify radio frequency (RF) threats for army vehicles in the field or in a secure room, using a distributed network of sensor nodes for signal detection, classification, and localization. The second, DroneHQ, developed a device that detects and locates threats operating in a three-dimensional space, which offers soldiers a significant advantage by detecting other flying drones.


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.

JAN. 24, 2022
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.


FEB. 3, 2022, 11 a.m. EST (Virtual)
EVENT: NSIN is partnering with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to feature small business diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) in the geospatial industry. The showcase will feature companies able to develop geospatial-intelligence in support of NGA’s Technology Focus Areas.

MARCH 11, 2022

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. 19, 2022, 8:30 a.m. EST (Virtual)

EVENT: The half-day virtual summit will discuss how government agencies and their industry partners are working to ensure the technological and tactical dominance of the U.S. in the modern defense landscape. Keynote addresses will be delivered from Heidi Shyu, Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering; Dr. Stefanie Tompkins, Director at DARPA; Amanda Toman, Acting Principal Director for 5G to Next G Initiative at DoD; and Michael Brown, Director at Defense Innovation Unit (DIU).
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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.

FEB. 3, 2022, 10 a.m. EST (Virtual)

EVENT: Candidates with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), medical, and research skillsets can engage with employers about processes and opportunities to specific jobs within the DoD.

Tuesdays, 1 p.m. EST (Virtual)

EVENT: Find answers to your questions about cybersecurity and information protection in the Department of Air Force (DAF) SBIR and STTR programs every Tuesday during DAF’s ask-me-anything series. The topics for the Jan. 18  session are the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) in small business contracts and DoD supplier performance risk systems.

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. 


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. 21.
SpaceWERX is soliciting proposals for commercial technologies in the emerging on-orbit servicing, assembly, and manufacturing market. The Phase I solicitation will award $250,000 in STTR awards to small businesses and academic institutions that can help combat the issue of orbital debris. Submissions are due Feb. 17.
Follow the NSIN funding opportunities blog to identify more funding across the defense innovation space. 
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