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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Jan. 24, 2022
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The NSIN Day of Autonomy will feature defense autonomy leadership, including Mr. Maynard Holliday, Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Modernization at the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)), and Dr. Jaret Riddick, Principal Director of Autonomy at OUSD(R&E). Mr. Holliday and Dr. Riddick will also present concepts for new sensors, perception, and intelligence algorithms to generate actionable information for an autonomous vehicle to successfully move through a rugged off-road environment. The Day of Autonomy starts at 10 a.m. EST on Feb. 10 and precedes the live-pitch competition for the Off the Beaten Path hackathon.


JAN. 24, 2022
EVENT: Applications are due today 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. 

JAN. 28, 2022
EVENT: Registration closes Friday, Jan. 28 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.


NEWS: Strengthen national security on your own time by joining the NSIN Tech Squad. Applications are open for the Tech Squad program, matching early-career tech professionals to DoD partners for a part-time, volunteer service opportunity. The cohort runs from March-June, and volunteers can expect to spend 5-15 hours per week working on their specific problem. The program concludes with a presentation day to problem sponsors and industry professionals.

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. 

MARCH 13, 2022

EVENT: 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.


NEWS: Ms. Heidi Shyu revealed some of her top priorities for the DoD including: artificial intelligence (AI), integrated networks, hypersonics, and microelectronics.

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. On Jan. 25, Mr. Scott Rose from the National Institute of Standards and Trust (NIST) Zero Trust Team will discuss demystifying zero trust for small businesses.

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. 


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.
The Department of the Navy is closing Phase I and II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) applications for various topics relating to digital engineering. The Phase I solicitation will award up to $6,500, and the Phase II solicitation will award up to $25,000 to proposals focused on digital or visual modeling for experimentation and testing of actual systems. Submissions are due Feb. 10.

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