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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, March 28, 2022
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Image: NSIN Hacks Presents: Reality Bytes
Registration is open for the latest NSIN hackathon, Reality Bytes, focusing on visualizing cyber operations. Starting April 18, this virtual hackathon will challenge innovators to develop concepts, technologies, or systems to improve the abilities of military personnel to visualize, monitor, and respond to cybersecurity events as they compete for one of three $15,000 top prizes. Registration is required by April 18. 

Image: The Front Door to DoD Innovation

Startups interested in joining NSIN Propel 2022 to develop their emerging dual-use technology for government and commercial markets can learn more about the accelerator and ask questions about the application process during the information session at noon EDT today.

Image: Diversity Unlocks Innovation
Join Team NSIN at the next Diversity Unlocks Innovation virtual speaker series on 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.

Image: Autonomous Detection of Marine Mammals Funding
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. Solutions may receive up to $75,500 in awards from a prize pool offered by NSIN in partnership with Naval X Northwest Tech Bridge, 401 Tech Bridge, Washington Maritime Blue, and Quiet Sound. Proposals are due March 31.

IMAGE: Scott Aughenbaugh, NSIN Transition Cell Director
Scott Aughenbaugh, NSIN Transition Cell Director, offers guidance on identifying federal prize awards, making startups competitive for funding opportunities, and collaborating for better understanding of the defense and government customer base in a virtual conversation hosted by FedTech, in collaboration with JumpStart and NSIN.

IMAGE: NSIN Propel 2022
Applications are now open for early-stage ventures with commercial applications in the Mid-Atlantic to apply for NSIN Propel 2022. This accelerator program guides participants to develop strategies for practical acquisitions, acquire knowledge and mentorship from experts, and grow the capacity of their dual-use technology to succeed in commercial and federal markets. Applications are due April 22

Image: Diversity Unlocks Innovation

NSIN alumni share their professional journeys in national security and advice for the next generation as part of the NSIN Women’s History Month celebration.

Applications are now open for early-stage startups to apply for the MassChallenge accelerator, where ventures will receive resources and access to investors to grow their companies. The cohort will focus on technologies in safety and security, space commercialization, and climate solutions.

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. 

MARCH 30, 2022 (Virtual)

Discover upcoming business opportunities with the Defense Health Agency (DHA) at its virtual Industry Day Requirements Exchange (IDRE). Participants will be able to ask questions and interact with leadership at DHA.

MARCH 31, 2022 (In-person)

Companies with innovative technologies to accelerate the development of hybrid-data architecture, ensuring the real-time movement of hybrid data across all domains, can connect with resources, decision-makers, and potential partners at the DoD in this 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).

MAY 2, 2022 (In-person)

Startups with artificial intelligence (AI) or robotics technology from the Pittsburgh area, Midwest, and Mid-Atlantic regions will showcase their solutions to investors at this exhibit hosted by Carnegie Mellon University and Innovation Works.
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 29, DAF will feature a briefing from the DoD Cyber Crime Center Defense Industrial Base Collaborative Information Sharing Environment (DCISE) on unclassified threats for DoD small businesses.

Air Force Ventures (AFVentures), under AFWERX, hosts webinars every Thursday at noon EST, to answer your questions about AFVentures Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) open topics, and Tactical Funding Increase (TACFI) and Strategic Funding Increase (STRATFI) opportunities. On March 31, AFVentures will overview specific topics and how they differ from open topics, and upcoming funding opportunities.
The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) is seeking to leverage commercial environments to assess technologies to ensure proof of concept for new defense technologies. The commercial environments should enable the government to examine, demonstrate, and assess technologies with mid- or high-technology readiness levels for both commercial and DoD solutions. DIU will award an Other Transaction Authority (OTA) contract that could develop into a follow-on contract. Submissions are due March 28.

Army Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Funding

The Office of the U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASA(ALT)) will award three SBIR and STTR prizes for technology solutions in advanced manufacturing. Each solicitation can receive up to $250,000 in awards:

Develop software to reduce noise from the engine cooling fans of Army ground combat vehicles.

Build solutions to improve the ride of warfighters in Army ambulances by lessening shock loads on the suspension components of the vehicles.

Design a tire using carbon-fiber-hoop technology that can increase the load-carrying capability and durability of Army vehicles in areas of low air pressure.
Follow the NSIN funding opportunities blog to identify more funding across the defense innovation space. 
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