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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, April 11, 2022
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NSIN Hacks Reality Bytes challenges 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. Register today to ensure your spot.


APRIL 12, 2022 (Virtual)

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 on April 12.


Students participating in the NSIN Hacking for Defense (H4D) course at George Washington University recently visited their mission partners at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Immersed with service members on base, the students better understood Space Force’s needs and how the proposed minimum viable product solution in development could solve the base’s problems.

Funding opportunities, college credit, and access to government lab technology are a few of the valuable and tangible benefits of NSIN university partnerships. Fritz Kuebler, Rice University Program Director, discussed those opportunities and others in a recent campus interview. 

NSIN At-Large Regional Directors Trish Martinelli and David Schiff join Mad Scientist Laboratory’s podcast, “The Convergence,” discussing the power of collaboration to benefit the U.S. Army and national security.

Nimbus AI, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa team of computer science and climate experts participating in the current NSIN Emerge cohort, won $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy’s American-Made Solar Forecasting Prize for the team’s solution to forecast solar power production based on weather, machine learning, and data analysis.  


APRIL 20, 2022

The showcase day will feature cutting-edge companies working on various technologies with important government applications, including energy and environmental tech, cybersecurity and analytics, digital optimization, health tech, and communication and sensing under challenging environments.

APRIL 22, 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


Defense leaders testified last week before the Senate Armed Services Committee's Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee about the impact of collaborative partnerships for defense innovation. Heidi Shyu, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD(R&E)), Mike Brown, Director of Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), and Dr. Stefanie Tompkins, Director of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), spoke about the viability of expedient and cost-effectively technology development for warfighters to meet emerging threats.
Last week, more than 250 participants from universities, government, and industry gathered at Texas A&M University for the University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics (UCAH) conference to discuss state-of-the-art innovations in hypersonic technologies. 

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. Applications are due April 20.


APRIL 14, 2022 (Virtual)

Learn how innovative algorithms for a meta-optimizer achieve near-instantaneous software performance in computer processing. These algorithms serve dual-use (military and commercial) markets by improving processing time for results from military shooting training and data processing in the gaming industry. U.S. Army Fires Battle Lab Lead Computer Scientist Matthew McLaughlin and U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) Chief Technology Officer Dr. Jeremy Lanman will keynote the event.

APRIL 23, 2022 (Hybrid)

Anyone interested in working or investing in dual-use technologies, defense, and space will meet and learn from investors, students, and government leaders about the future of innovation in defense, space, and cybersecurity. The student-led conference is hosted by the Aerospace & Aviation Club at Harvard Business School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan Defense Technology Club.  

APRIL 27, 2022 (Hybrid) 

Learn everything you need to know about Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding and meet government experts who can answer your questions and share industry success stories. 

APRIL 27, 2022 (Virtual)

Learn more about Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding opportunities and partnerships with the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center (AFNWC) at its second annual industry collider event. Registration is required.

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. 


Entrepreneurs with solutions to enable effective crew resource management (CRM) and flight procedures training in multi-place aircraft can win an Other Transaction Authority (OTA) award from DIU that could develop into a follow-on contract. Solutions must maximize the use of the DoD’s Pilot Training Transformation (PTT) platform to provide the flight simulation environment and associated hardware. Submissions are due April 11. 

Innovators in water technology can receive $10,000 in funding and resources to continue developing their solutions with experts in government and commercial sectors. Topics for the spring challenge include the elimination of high operating expenses in sludge management costs and non-turbine energy harvesting. Applications are due May 8.

Winning teams with innovative solutions to identify, warn, assess, and manage biological threats to protect North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces and civilians can receive $8,500 and continue developing their technology with NATO partners. Submissions are due May 27.

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.

National Security Innovation Capital (NSIC) will award 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 and 18 months. Applicants may submit a pitch anytime through NSIC's Commercial Acceleration Opportunity (CAO) process.

Follow the NSIN funding opportunities blog to identify more funding across the defense innovation space. 
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