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National Security Innovation Network
Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022
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Attention NSIN alumni: The NSIN Vector program can help you continue developing your idea into a viable venture. The current Vector cohort teams will be pitching their dual-use technologies at a showcase day on March 9. Register for the showcase and learn how Vector is advancing ventures created by other NSIN alumni.

EXTENDED DEADLINE MARCH 20, 2022, 11:59 p.m. EST

NSIN Foundry participants have the opportunity to win a portion of $50,000 in awards for the teams that demonstrate the most substantial potential to commercialize a DoD technology to produce capabilities that will benefit the DoD and the private sector.


NEW EVENT FEB. 25, 2022, 1 p.m. EST (Virtual)

Farooq Mitha, Director of the DoD Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), will present “Reducing Barriers to Entry and Increasing Outreach to Underserved Communities” on Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. EST as part of NSIN’s Diversity Unlocks Innovation speaker series. This virtual event is available to all NSIN alumni and mission partners.


Over the next five months, three research teams from South Dakota Mines will accelerate their startup technology for military and commercial markets in the NSIN Emerge Accelerator program. The teams will advance their dual-use technology for civilian and military solutions in hydrogen fuel cells, 3D-printing materials, and nano computing.

NSIN, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and other partners connect the defense, academic, and startup communities in Missouri to create new ventures that solve national security problems and bring economic development into the state.

U.S.-based Pierce Aerospace and U.K.-based Iceni Labs have been working together since they first met at an NSIN hackathon. The companies announced an official partnership to provide their defense technology to the U.K. government and commercial sectors.

Advanced Aircraft Company (AAC), a hybrid-electric unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV) venture, received a small business innovation research (SBIR) award to develop its technology that increases the flight times of UAVs and decreases the services required to make UAVs operational. This success represents collaboration among NSIN, AFWERX, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and AAC. 

NSIN Hacks “Off the Beaten Path” winners received $15,000 each to continue developing their ideas to solve challenges for military off-road autonomous vehicles. Read more about the three winning teams: MVision, Ubicept, and ATVision in Military Times.

Mike Seper, NSIN University Program Director at Washington University in St. Louis, wrote an opinion piece about how American innovation unlocks peace and prosperity when entrepreneurs can commercialize dual-use (commercial and military) technologies for societal benefit.


MARCH 5, 2022

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 10, 2022

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.

MARCH 13, 2022

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. 


The Army Venture Capital Corporation (AVCC) invests in startups that want to work in the national security innovation base. AVCC will provide funding opportunities for ventures to advance their ideas and technology in the defense industry without waiting years to land major contracts.


FEB. 23, 2022 (Virtual)

The U.S. Navy is seeking innovative technologies to help identify, and protect in real-time, marine mammals from underwater autonomous vessels. Join this launch meeting for more information about the challenge and its $50,000 prize for the winning solution.

FEB. 28, 2022

Students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields to combat climate change can apply for this paid internship with the Chain Reactions Innovations (CRI) program at Argonne National Laboratory to work with clean-energy startups over the summer. Applications close Feb. 28.

MARCH 7-10, 2022 (In-person)

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)

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.


National Security Innovation Capital (NSIC) is awarding Other Transaction Agreements (OTAs) to startups creating autonomy, communication, power, space, and sensor technologies. Awards will range between $500,000 and $3 million, with performance periods between 12-18 months. Submit a pitch anytime through NSIC's Commercial Acceleration Opportunity (CAO) process.

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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