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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, April 18, 2022
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The application deadline for NSIN Propel is now May 3. This accelerator program seeks early-stage ventures focusing on smart cities and urban tech, mobility, industrial automation and manufacturing, logistics and supply chain management, and space verticals.

NSIN Hacks “Reality Bytes” hackathon will award a total prize pot of $70,000 to innovators who develop winning concepts, technologies, or systems to improve the ability of personnel to visualize, monitor, and respond to cybersecurity events. The dates of the hackathon are now May 9-25.


APRIL 20, 2022 (Virtual)

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


NSIN Strategic Engagement Director for North Carolina participated in drone demonstrations at the Emerging Technology Institute for new technologies designed to transport items such as blood or supplies to soldiers on the battlefield.


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 this Wednesday, April 20.
Crowbiotics, a venture tied to NSIN’s Pacific-North ecosystem, develops artificial intelligence to help fighter pilots train, maneuver, and land aircraft. 


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, hosted by the Aerospace & Aviation Club at Harvard Business School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan Defense Technology Club, is Saturday, April 23.  

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.  

MAY 5, 2022 (In-person)

Meet the companies from the first two cohorts of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s startup accelerator program, and see the teams brief on their technology. 

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 April 19, DAF will share free tools, services, and resources available for small businesses from the Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).


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 April 21, AFVentures will answer your questions about its upcoming solicitations.


Army xTech awards and accelerates innovative technology solutions that can help solve Army challenges. Applications are currently open for:

Tech: Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), millimeter-wave imaging, and autonomous sensors.
Problem solving for the Army: Challenges within the counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) space.
Awards: Total prize pool of $270,000
Deadline: Apply by April 29.

Tech: Clean energy storage, transportation, and generation.
Problem solving for the Army: By 2030, help the Army reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent.
Awards: Total prize pool of $450,000. In addition, total Phase I SBIR Funding of $8.75 million and total Direct to Phase II SBIR Funding of up to $1.8 million for each winner.
Deadline: Apply by May 9.
Submit your engineering solutions to the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) for innovative technologies and capabilities that will improve the protection and maneuvers of warfighters. Submissions may receive an Other Transaction Authority (OTA) award to continue developing the solution with ERDC.

Innovators with hardware or software solutions for 5G network subsystems can receive up to $3 million in prizes in this challenge co-sponsored by the DoD and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Applications are due May 5.

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 addressing and minimizing 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.

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