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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, March 14, 2022
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California-based Neupro Inc. won $25,000 at the NSIN Vector Showcase Day competition to continue developing its dual-use “lab-on-patch” blood test with the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and the commercial industry. The Neupro blood test saves lives and improves outcomes for warfighters and patients by drawing and analyzing blood in a real-time battlefield or emergency conditions to diagnose issues such as traumatic brain injuries and heart attacks.

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MARCH 16, 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 16. Registration is required to attend. Applications for NSIN Foundry close March 20.

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MARCH 16, 2022 (Virtual)

Scott Aughenbaugh, NSIN Transition Cell Director, 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 funding opportunities, and collaborating to better understand the defense and government customer base. 


The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Army Research Laboratory and the Department of the Army recently recognized NSIN Director of Operations Matt Merighi with the Civilian Service Achievement Medal. Brig. Gen. Pete Green presented the award in recognition of Merighi's contributions to the Massachusetts National Guard and the Army Research Laboratory. 

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Alison Beatty, NSIN University Program Director at the University of Michigan, was featured in the online publication Let’s Detroit, a professional networking project of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce. Beatty’s role is to build connections between academic institutions, entrepreneurs, startups, the Michigan defense industry, and the DoD to generate novel solutions for broad national security challenges.

This week, we invite you to learn more about Tech Squad alumna Gabrielle Hempel, and Foundry and Hacks alumna Karlin Younger. Our next speaker series event is March 29, featuring Janice Glover-Jones, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Chief Information Officer; and retired Col. Rachel McCaffrey, USAF, Vice President, Membership & Chapters for the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), and Executive Director of Women In Defense.

Several NSIN university partners received part of the $195 million in DoD Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) awards for FY22 to perform basic research spanning multiple scientific disciplines for a period of five years.  


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, NSIN will match companies with military and commercial mentors to build solutions to work with the DoD. Applications close March 23


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.

MARCH 23, 2022 (Virtual)

Learn about the future of air traffic surveillance services and infrastructure in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s 2022 National Airspace System (NAS) strategy. Attendees will also receive information for scheduling one-on-one sessions with FAA subject matter experts.

MARCH 24, 2022 (Virtual)

Discover new technologies to prepare warfighters for multi-domain engagements in a series of joint-force experiments hosted by Army Futures Command (AFC).

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.

APRIL 7, 2022 (In-person)

Expand your relationships with Northeastern-based entrepreneurs, startups, and leaders in defense innovation at “The Strength of the Innovation Ecosystem” event in Boston, co-hosted by Google and Defense Entrepreneurs Forum (DEF).

TUESDAYS (Virtual)

Find answers to your SBIR and STTR cybersecurity and information protection questions every Tuesday at 1 p.m. EST, during the Department of Air Force (DAF)’s ask-me-anything series. On March 15, Defense Acquisition University professors, Dr. Paul Shaw and Christopher Newborn, will discuss Federal Contract Information (FCI) and cost-effective cybersecurity.


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.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking innovative solutions for quantum computing where the computational value of the system exceeds its costs, and where the computer will operate uninterrupted even if one or more of its components fail. Solicitations are due March 23, and selected proposals will have the opportunity to negotiate an Other Transaction (OT) award with DARPA.
The Navy is seeking innovations for a system of sensors to enhance real-time detection of killer whales and North Atlantic right whales in high vessel traffic areas. NSIN, in partnership with Naval X Northwest Tech Bridge, 401 Tech Bridge, Washington Maritime Blue, and Quiet Sound, are offering a prize pool of $75,500 for solutions. Proposals are due March 31.
Follow the NSIN funding opportunities blog to identify more funding across the defense innovation space. 
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