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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, May 9, 2022
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Companies often shut out from government contracts are accessing resources in NSIN Propel-Economic Development Initiative (EDI) to extend economic and technology opportunities with the DoD in new locations. 


Registration closes today
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.

Teams of students, faculty, and staff from T3 research universities with emerging technology match with DoD stakeholders in the second cohort of NSIN Emerge to expand dual-use ventures for military and commercial markets. 

Take a look at a couple of Emerge alum in the news and watch the first cohort’s showcase day:


NSIN Capstone students received a cash award of $3,000 for the top innovation prize at Rice University’s engineering design showcase event, Willy Revolution Awards for Outstanding Innovation. The student technologists prototyped boats for the U.S. Coast Guard this semester, improving coastal surveillance, detection, and interdiction capabilities against threats posed by the transit of drugs in autonomous surface vessels across the maritime border.

Four students from the University of Houston will join the NSIN X-Force Fellowship program this summer and help solve real-world national security problems with the DoD.

College students attending this year’s North America Championship and Programming Camp (NAC-NAPC) in Orlando are invited to meet with the NSIN Hirethon team to learn more about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) job opportunities available at the DoD.


JUNE 15, 2022

Educators interested in teaching students to work with the DoD to address the nation’s emerging security challenges can register now for the Hacking for Defense (H4D) Virtual Educators Course. The four-module course provides an overview of H4D and how to develop a successful program at your university. 

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.


Navigate opportunities for students, small businesses, and service members to bring ideas and technology to DoD innovation organizations like NSIN and Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) in this one-stop shop.

NSIN Hacks alum ZeroEyes received the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies (SAFETY) Act Developmental Testing and Evaluation designation award from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), marking the first time DHS recognized a video analytics technology.


MAY 26, 2022

Companies with innovative technologies to accelerate the development of hybrid-data architecture, ensuring the real-time movement of hybrid data across all domains, will demonstrate their concepts to potential partners at the DoD.

MAY 27, 2022 

DoD acquisition personnel will work alongside a DIU contracting officer, project teams, and commercial solution providers on service-aligned projects in DIU’s Immersive Commercial Acquisition Program (ICAP). Participants in the program will study Other Transactional (OT) authorities through the Defense Acquisition University (DAU)’s OT Credentials Program, helping participants keep pace with commercial product cycles and adopt commercial procurement best practices. Applications to join ICAP are due May 27.

JUNE 16, 2022 (In-person)

Learn about modernization priorities in the Army for intelligence and security innovation. The event will also include information on technologies needed by the Army and projected contract solicitations.


University Research Funding Opportunities with DURIP

Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) funds universities to purchase equipment and instrumentation to support research in areas of interest to the DoD. Submissions range in awards from $50,000 to $1.5 million and are due May 13. Current offices accepting proposals include:

Upcoming DIU Funding Opportunities

Over the next week, innovators can apply for five open Other Transaction (OT) agreements with Defense Innovation Unit (DIU).

Commercial small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) to improve vertical takeoff and landing performance, increase flight autonomy, and decrease lifecycle costs. Submissions are due May 9.

Positioning, navigating, and timing circuit cards enabling mounted units to operate in the presence of electromagnetic interference or disruptions. Submissions are due May 13.

Hand-held devices capable of non-invasively detecting pre-symptomatic infections through an analysis of volatile organic components and/or exhaled aerosols. Submissions are due May 16.

Technology, training, and analysis solutions to manage, protect, and validate data for DoD personnel.  Submissions are due May 16.

Algorithms using readily available commercial-off-the-shelf wearables to track and predict cognitive fatigue of warfighters, helping mitigate risks and implement effective countermeasures. Submissions are due May 16.

Upcoming SOFWERX SBIR Opportunities

On May 18, innovators can apply for three open SBIR Phase I awards from SOFWERX.

Innovative capabilities to enhance battery safety and the energy capacity of batteries used in a maritime environment.

Innovative capabilities to design machine Learning (ML) algorithms creating electronic signatures for Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) identification and surveillance.

Innovative capabilities to enhance carbon dioxide (CO2) scrubber material composition, duration, and technology.

Research and development experts can support the Mayhem hypersonics missile development program, which is focused on delivering a system with multi-mission capabilities for the Air Force Research Lab Aerospace Systems Directorate (AFRL/RQ). Potential awards include an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) and an initial Task Order (TO). Submissions are due May 24

Ventures in the manufacturing industry can respond to request for quotes (RFQ) in the Rock Island Arsenal Modernization Program to modernize legacy manufacturing and maintenance facilities at Rock Island’s Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center. Applications for the eight RFQ opportunities are due May 26.
Follow the NSIN funding opportunities blog to identify more funding across the defense innovation space. 
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