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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, May 16, 2022
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Applications are now open for companies to participate in NSIN Starts combat-feeding pitch competition to innovate research and engineering technologies for the Combat Feeding Division (CFD) in the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM)’s Soldier Center (SC). Two winning teams will each receive $100,000 to continue developing their technology with DEVCOM. Applications are due June 6.


Chief of Staff Justin Dunnicliff discusses how NSIN is at the forefront of innovation, incubation, and go-to-market initiatives for ventures with 5G Open Innovation Lab.

ELVEE, a company describing itself as a “biomechanics lab in a shoe,” is commercializing federal lab technology to transform human-performance research.

Rachel Bondi, technical director at the Cyber Security Program Office Warfare Information Assurance and DoD partner for “NSIN Hacks: Reality Bytes,” discusses the Navy’s cybersecurity activities for storing and visualizing cyber analytics and the hackathon.

Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) students are solving holistic health and fitness problems for the Missouri National Guard in the NSIN Hacking for Defense (H4D) course and the NSIN X-Force Fellowship.

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


AUGUST 11, 2022

NSIN will host the Defense Entrepreneurial Symposium in its Midwest Region on August 11, 2022, in partnership with the Nebraska Business Development Center and Missouri Small Business Development Center. Registration is required. 

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. 

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


NSIN Propel Alum Southie Autonomy recently secured $2.5 million in seed funding and $5 million in lease funding to help the team expand its artificial intelligence technology into new robotic markets.


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 4, 2022

Academia, innovators, and entrepreneurs in the St. Louis region can receive $50,000 in this workshop and learn the skills to create successful products and services from their research and laboratories. Applications are due June 4.

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.


Upcoming DIU Funding Opportunities

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

Detection of pre-symptomatic infections through an analysis of volatile organic components and/or exhaled aerosols with hand-held devices. 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.

Unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) capable of detecting and identifying objects and activities in the maritime domain. Submissions are due May 23.

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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