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National Security Innovation Network
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
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Winners of the NSIN “Reality Bytes: Visualizing Cyber Operations” hackathon split a $70,000 prize to continue developing their winning artificial reality and virtual reality concepts into prototype solutions with the DoD.


JUNE 6, 2022

Innovate research and engineering technologies for the Combat Feeding Division (CFD) of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) in the NSIN Starts Combat-feeding Pitch Competition. Two winning teams will each receive $100,000 to continue developing their technology with DEVCOM. Applications are due June 6.


NSIN Chief of Staff Justin Dunnicliff examines opportunities in defense innovation at the Mission Acceleration Center (MAC) six months after MAC opened its doors for students and startups in the Pacific Northwest.
As the Navy shifts to cut its vehicle emissions by 65% over the next 30 years, the branch is connecting with small businesses in climate- and energy-resilience sectors through its Naval Tech Bridges and partners like NSIN to innovate new technologies solving future national security challenges.


JUNE 15, 2022 (In-person)

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. 

NEW JUNE 19, 2022 (Virtual)

Applications are now open for NSIN alums to continue to develop solutions into dual-use ventures for clients inside and outside the DoD and compete for $25,000 by participating in the NSIN Vector program. Vector is open to NSIN alums from Hacking for Defense (H4D), Hacks, X-Force, Foundry (formerly Defense Innovation Accelerator), and Maker programs.

AUG. 11, 2022 (Hybrid)

Midwest ventures, entrepreneurs, and investors interested in doing business with the DoD can learn more about funding opportunities and meet with companies that have already expanded into defense markets at NSIN’s Defense Entrepreneurial Symposium.


Lunar Outpost—an NSIN Boost and Starts alum—raised $12 million in its latest seed round. The company is advancing scientific and security reach by building autonomous rovers and instruments to explore the Moon and to mine its resources.

Tidelift—an NSIN Boost alum—raised $27 million in Series C funding. The company is ensuring safety in supply chains, security, and healthcare by providing solutions for managing open-source software.

Natrion—an NSIN Propel, H4D, and Hacks alum—raised $2 million in its latest seed round, including funding from Mark Cuban of “Shark Tank.” The company is making electric vehicles safer and stronger by developing a proprietary technology that replaces current highly-flammable, low-performance lithium batteries.


Applications are now open for a post-doctoral fellowship with U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in partnership with NASA and DIU, to explore geophysical techniques for characterizing resources on the subsurface of the Moon and Mars. Selected fellows will be paid at a GS-12 level.


JUNE 4, 2022 (Virtual)

St. Louis-area academia, innovators, and entrepreneurs can receive help pursuing an innovation or new-venture concept and possibly qualify for up to $50,000 in non-dilutive financial support as part of the St. Louis University innovation corps program. 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.


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. Applications are due June 30.

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