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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, March 7, 2022
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Meet the fellows in NSIN’s 2022 Technology and National Security Fellowship (TNSF) cohort. These recent graduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields will spend a year embedded with key decision-makers in the U.S. Government to provide expertise to top-level policymakers on technology and national security policy issues. Read more about the fellows and the projects they will be working on with the DoD and Congress.


MARCH 9, 2022 (Virtual)

Alexandria J. Maloney, MPA, will present “Gender Diversity and National Security Innovation” 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 on March 9, at 4:30 p.m. EST, is available to all NSIN alumni and mission partners.

MARCH 9, 2022 (Virtual)

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 NSIN alumni.

NEW MARCH 9, 2022 (Virtual)

Learn more about the NSIN Foundry program and the opportunity to become an entrepreneur by working with government technology during the NSIN Foundry Lunch & Learn information sessions on March 9, or on March 16. Registration is required to attend. 

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 11-20, 2022 (In-person)

NSIN will be at South by Southwest (SXSW) to participate in panel discussions, answer questions, and share information about the opportunities for commercial technology and entrepreneurs to advance their ideas in the defense community. Join us at SXSW and meet our team.

MARCH 13, 2022

Applications are closing for NSIN-alumni teams to participate in the NSIN Vector program to turn dual-use solutions into ventures for clients inside and outside the DoD. Vector is open to NSIN alumni from Hacking for Defense (H4D), Hacks, X-Force, Foundry (formerly Defense Innovation Accelerator), and Maker programs. The program concludes with a pitch competition worth $25,000 for the winning team.


In 2016, Capella Space presented its geospatial intelligence technology in NSIN Hacking for Defense (H4D) to solve a problem for a DoD mission partner. Over the past six years, Capella Space has developed relationships with the DoD to advance its synthetic aperture radar technology for dual-use (civilian and military) customers. Today, Capella Space’s cutting-edge technology is providing critical information on the Russian convoy.

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. Applications close March 20.


NEW MARCH 16, 2022 (Virtual)

Scott Aughenbaugh, Transition Cell Director at NSIN, will discuss "Leveraging the World's Biggest Source of Seed Capital: Unlocking Federal Funding for Your Venture" in an exclusive virtual conversation hosted by FedTech, in collaboration with JumpStart and NSIN. This event will feature guidance on identifying prize awards, making your startup competitive for over $3 billion-a-year in small business innovation research (SBIR) and small business technology transfer (STTR) opportunities, and collaborating to better understand the defense and government customer base.

NEW MARCH 23, 2022

Small businesses from Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zones and Opportunity Zones in NSIN Propel: Economic Development Initiative (EDI) accelerator will advance their commercial technologies for contract opportunities. During the cohort, companies will be matched with military and commercial mentors to build their networks and solutions to work with the DoD. Applications close March 23


MARCH 7, 2022 (Virtual)

Learn about resources available to small businesses in Colorado for SBIR and STTR awards for doing business with Space Force, Air Force, or Army partners.

MARCH 7-9, 2022, (Arlington, Va.)

Matt Merighi, NSIN Director of Operations, will discuss “Defense Communities as the Homes of Innovation” with fellow panelists James Boozer, Executive Vice President, National Defense Industrial Association, and Justin Oliveira, Founder & CEO, Boston Geospatial, on March 8 at the Association of Defense Communities annual summit.

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 14-19, 2022 (In-person and Virtual)

Attend a series of events such as a book release, a film series, and a gala featuring Congressional Medal of Honor for Office of Strategic Services (OSS) legend, Virginia Hall, to celebrate women in national security.

MARCH 16, 2022 (Virtual)

Aaron Bishop, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Department of the Air Force (DAF), and other Air Force and Space Force leaders will discuss security and compliance resources available to small businesses at this free, all-day event.

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 8, Kelley Kiernan, Blue Cyber Director at DAF, will answer your questions about Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Level One.

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.


Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is seeking optical technologies to reduce the cost, size, and weight of electro-optical/infra-red (EO/IR) systems and sensors in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Two contracts, from a pool of over $2.6 million, will be awarded to continue developing solutions with AFRL. Submissions are due March 11.

Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) is seeking technology to increase shooter accuracy and lock-on selected targets. DIU will award a prototype other transaction (OT) award that could develop into a follow-on contract. Submissions are due March 11.
Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) is seeking a prototype for an automated, connected network of sensors to secure DoD-installation perimeters and waterways for surface and subsurface threats. DIU will award a prototype other transaction (OT) award that could develop into a follow-on contract. Submissions are due March 14.
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