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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, May 2, 2022
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Private-sector tech industry volunteers offer their expertise to DoD partners in NSIN Tech Squad, a flexible service opportunity for working professionals. The 2022 Tech Squad features 38 volunteers who bring diverse work experiences from Big Tech, consulting, and top-tier research universities. 


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.

During National Small Business Week, NSIN is highlighting current opportunities for small businesses to work on national security challenges. Join one of our accelerator programs, and engage with our DoD acquisition, contracting and private-capital subject matter experts. 


University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) students in NSIN Capstone are developing cost-effective solutions for first responders to communicate and navigate during indoor emergencies. Teams are working with staff and resources from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and will present a prototype of their final solutions in May 2022.

NSIN Hacking for Defense (H4D) and Starts alum, Atomus, discusses their journey through NSIN programs with Capital Factory and how its technology saves companies time, money, and headaches by helping them comply with cybersecurity requirements.


Maintenance professionals across the DoD can submit solutions for NavalX Tech Bridge in NSIN Source to lower the cost of maintenance of Navy products and to keep products at a high-readiness level.


NSIN alum Tangram Flex, Inc. has been awarded $950 million under Air Force contracts to develop digital engineering tools and capabilities for Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2). Tangram will support JADC2 in the development and operation of integrating its platforms as a unified force across all domains (air, land, sea, space, cyber, and electromagnetic spectrum).
Innovators will have access to walk through the front door of defense innovation in southern Indiana at Naval Surface Warfare Center (NWSC) Crane’s new facility. At the facility, entrepreneurs will receive training, resources, and opportunities in workforce development for federal laboratory technologies.


MAY 4, 2022, 7 p.m. EDT (Virtual)

Learn about paid, full-time internships with Air Force Civilian Service for college students and recent graduates. Interns receive opportunities for real-world training with the Air Force, tuition for an advanced degree, and full-time professional careers.

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 May 3, Defense Acquisition University (DAU) professor Dr. Paul Shaw will present “Cost-Effective Cybersecurity.”


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.

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.

Submit innovative concepts accelerating commercial electric vehicle (EV) battery technologies for military use to Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). Selected companies may receive an Other Transaction Authority (OTA) award from DIU that could develop into a follow-on contract. Submissions are due May 6.

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.

Army xTech awards and accelerates innovative technology solutions that can help solve Army challenges. 

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