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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, April 25, 2022
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Showcase Day Features 21 Dual-use Companies

Cutting-edge companies from top research universities demonstrated commercialized intellectual property for dual-use, civilian and military markets at the final showcase day of the NSIN Emerge Accelerator. The ventures worked on various technologies with important government applications, including energy and environmental tech, cybersecurity and analytics, digital optimization, healthtech, and communication and sensing in difficult environments.


Entrepreneurs in the NSIN Foundry cohort will find the best pathways to commercialize federal laboratory technology developed by DoD scientists and technologists. Teams will conduct customer-discovery interviews, explore venture formation, technology licensing from DoD labs, and learn about technology licensing from DoD labs and opportunities such as Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards.


Building on the award-winning work of their predecessors, ten students improve a vital computer-aided design system with the guidance of mentors from the DEVCOM Analysis Center.

Students from the NSIN Hacking for Defense (H4D) at Washington University (WashU) course met with airmen at Whiteman Air Force Base to tour the base and sit in the cockpit of a B-2, and also collaborate on their H4D project, Airmen Against Drunk Driving (AADD), an app designed to help get airmen home safely after enjoying drinks.


MAY 3, 2022 

Early-stage ventures interested in expanding into federal markets will receive resources to successfully navigate the federal acquisition process in the NSIN Propel accelerator program. Ventures working in smart cities and urban tech, mobility, industrial automation and manufacturing, logistics and supply chain management, and space verticals are encouraged to apply. Applications are due May 3.

Innovators will develop concepts, technologies, or systems to improve the ability of personnel to visualize, monitor, and respond to cybersecurity events in “NSIN Hacks: Reality Bytes.” The hackathon will award a total prize pot of $70,000 to the winning innovators. Registration closes May 9.


Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), in collaboration with NSIN and other defense innovation partners, opened the new DIU Midwest regional office location in Chicago to better leverage the wealth of talent and technology in the region.


MAY 2, 2022 (In-person)

Startups with artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics technology 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 (NGA)’s startup accelerator program, and see the teams brief on their technology during the showcase day.

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 26, Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Cyber Assistance Team lead Kraig Kitchen-Henry will talk about the Cyber Assistance Team at MDA and their experiences scanning 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. On April 28, 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.

Department of the Air Force (DAF) Phase II SBIR/STTR companies can receive up to $15 million in the Strategic Funding Increase (STRATFI) program and up to $1.8 million in the Tactical Funding Increase (TACFI) program to prototype their technology with DAF. Attend DAF’s “Ask Me Anything” webinar on May 5. Applications for the STRATFI/TACFI program are due June 30.

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