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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Feb. 14, 2022
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The next NSIN newsletter will be on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022.


Watch last week's NSIN Day of Autonomy, including insights about the DoD's roadmap for future concepts in autonomous vehicles. The recording features panel discussions with Department leadership and the keynote address delivered by Mr. Maynard Holliday, Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Modernization, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)). The recording also includes the 'Off the Beaten Path' hackathon live pitch competition for innovators in autonomous technology to advance vehicle security. 


FEB. 16, 2022

Wednesday is National Innovation Day, but every day is an innovation day at NSIN! As part of our Black History Month celebration of emerging leaders in defense innovation, we invite you to meet some of the innovators from NSIN programs in our “Diversity Unlocks Innovation” alumni profiles.

Explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL). Available positions include mechanical and civil engineering, computer science, and materials science. Applications close March 10.


MEDIA: Experts from the DoD, industry, and academia discussed opportunities and obstacles for autonomous technology in the military and commercial sectors at NSIN’s Day of Autonomy last week. Defense One reports key conversations from the event on how autonomous tech can build trust and improve safety for the military.

MEDIA: NSIN alumni Distributed Spectrum received a $250,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Science Foundation to continue developing their dual-use, low-cost radio spectrum monitoring technology. 

NEWS: Teams of students, faculty, and staff fromT 3 research universities with emerging technology and startups will be matched with DoD stakeholders to expand dual-use ventures as part of NSIN’s new Emerge Accelerator program.

MARCH 5, 2022

EVENT: Advance national security technology innovation on your own time by joining the NSIN Tech Squad. The program matches 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 a specific DoD problem. Tech Squad concludes with a presentation day to problem sponsors and industry professionals. 

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. Vector is open to NSIN alumni from Hacking for Defense (H4D), Hacks, X-Force, Foundry (formerly Defense Innovation Accelerator), and Maker programs. 


NEWS: Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) Director Mike Brown in TechCrunch highlights how DIU builds relationships with companies in the commercial sector and delivers their technology for the DoD.

FEB. 16, 2022, 1 p.m. EST (Virtual)

EVENT: The North Carolina Defense Technology Transition Office (DEFTECH) and the North Carolina Military Business Center will host the first Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) Regional Roadshow on Feb. 16, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST. Bev Seay, NSIN Southeast Regional Director, will present at 4:30 p.m. Innovators, technologists, those interested in understanding and possibly contributing to our national defense, and those already in the innovation ecosystem should attend, as well as current federal contractors seeking innovative partnerships. Registration is free for this virtual event.

FEB. 17, 2022 (Virtual)

EVENT: Connect with student and faculty innovators from the University of Central Florida (UCF). The event will feature panels with UCF NSIN alumni, who will discuss their experiences in defense innovation.

MARCH 7-10, 2022 (In-person)

EVENT: Military, scientists, and university leaders will collaborate on how science and technology can contribute to peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region at the 2022 POST Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. 

MARCH 28, 2022 (In-person)

EVENT: Early-stage startups developing solutions in energy technology can receive resources and mentorship from industry leaders as part of mHUB’s Chicago-based accelerator program. Ventures with technology in renewable energy, hydrogen, carbon capture and sequestration, energy storage, vehicle-to-grid, heat sink, distributed energy resources, sustainable buildings, and the internet of energy are encouraged to apply today.

Tuesdays, 1 p.m. EST (Virtual)

EVENT: Find answers to your Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) cybersecurity and information protection questions every Tuesday during the Department of Air Force (DAF)’s ask-me-anything series. On Feb. 15, DAF will discuss Level 1 Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certifications (CMMCs) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) special publications.


The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) is seeking solutions for integrating on-premise high performance computing (HPC) assets with cloud-based HPC resources. Other Transaction (OT) agreements awarded for successful prototypes may result in follow-on production contract opportunities. Submissions are due Feb. 14.

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 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards to small businesses and academic institutions that can help combat the increasingly concerning issue of orbital debris. Submissions are due Feb. 17.
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Energy and the General Services Administration (GSA) issued a request for information (RFI) to aid in their planning to supply carbon pollution-free electricity (CFE) to the federal government. Questions are due Feb. 25 and RFI submissions are due March 7. 
Follow the NSIN funding opportunities blog to identify more funding across the defense innovation space. 
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