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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Feb. 28, 2022
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Alexandria J. Maloney, MPA will present “Gender Diversity and National Security Innovation” on March 9, at 4:30 p.m. EST, as part of NSIN’s Diversity Unlocks Innovation speaker series. Maloney is a national security; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I); and communications strategist, who has and continues to build the pipeline infrastructure for the next generation of underrepresented international affairs professionals. This virtual event is available to all NSIN alumni and mission partners.


MARCH 1, 2022, 4 p.m. EST (Virtual)

Branch chiefs and hiring managers from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)’s Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) on March 1 will answer questions about careers at CERL and the application process. Available positions include mechanical and civil engineering, computer science, and materials science. Applications close March 10.

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 up to 15 hours per week working on a specific DoD problem. Applications close March 5.


South Dakota Mines researchers participating in NSIN Emerge discuss their dual-use technology for military and civilian markets on South Dakota Public Broadcasting.


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. 

MARCH 20, 2022

NSIN Foundry teams that commercialize a DoD technology and demonstrate its substantial benefits for the DoD and the private sector have the opportunity to win a portion of $50,000 in awards.


The White House released its list of critical and emerging technologies for guiding American innovation and strengthening national security.
The DoD released its outline of priorities in the defense industry for expanding small businesses and developing its workforce to innovate solutions to meet warfighters' needs.
The DoD released its recommendations for national security innovation in supply chains to increase domestic production capacity and protect America’s economic security.


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 8, 2022, 12:30 p.m. EST (Virtual)

Entrepreneurs interested in learning about a successful exit strategy can join MassChallenge and MATH Venture Partners for a conversation about real-world scenarios and tips for building a Fortune 500 exit strategy.

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.

Tuesdays, 1 p.m. EST (Virtual)

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 March 1, Krystal Covey, Director of the DoD Cyber Crime Center (DC3) Defense Industrial Base Collaborative Information Sharing Environment (DCISE), will discuss cybersecurity and data protection for small businesses.

Thursdays, noon EST (Virtual)

Air Force Ventures (AFVentures), under AFWERX, hosts webinars every Thursday to answer your questions about AFVentures Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) open topics. On March 3, AFWERX’s Strategic Funding Increase (STRATFI) and Tactical Funding Increase (TACFI) teams will discuss using SBIR/STTR Phase II awards to scale prototypes into Air Force and Space Force programs.


Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is seeking edge processing and data compression solutions to analyze and transmit data from sensor technologies onboard airborne and space-based platforms. Selected teams can receive up to $8 million in Other Transaction (OT) contract awards. Submissions are due March 4.

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. RFI submissions are due March 7. 
The Department of the Navy will be releasing an Other Transaction Authority (OTA) opportunity for solutions to support its 5G programs. Interested applicants can submit their questions about the project and its specifications 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 DoD issued a request for information from academia, commercial industry, and government labs to pursue a partnership that will create regional hubs to test microelectronic technology and to facilitate talent pipelines for engineers. 
Follow the NSIN funding opportunities blog to identify more funding across the defense innovation space. 
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