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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, June 6, 2022
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The 2022 NSIN X-Force Fellowship launches today as 139 undergraduate and graduate students from 66 universities will spend their summer embedded with military commands, using their technical and entrepreneurial skills to develop prototypes capable of solving real-world problems for the DoD.



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. The application deadline has been extended to June 13.


The top 150 computer-programming students competed last week in the North America Championship of the 2022 International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC). Out of 17 North American universities qualifying for the ICPC world championships, five are National Security Innovation Network (NSIN)-based universities, including three universities taking home medals from the competition—Georgia Tech, Carnegie Mellon, and the University of Central Florida.

Federal News Network features “NSIN Hacks: Reality Bytes” and the Navy’s cybersecurity activities for storing and visualizing cyber analytics with Rachel Bondi, technical director at the Cyber Security Program Office Warfare Information Assurance and DoD partner for the hackathon, and Kedar Pavgi, NSIN Hacks program manager.

University Students Win NSIN Hackathon

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa team CyberCOP won $10,000 in the student division of “NSIN Hacks: Reality Bytes.” The team developed a virtual-reality application solution to support cyber operators in denied, degraded, or low-bandwidth environments.

Georgia Tech team CyberVIEWS also won $10,000 in the hackathon’s student division. The team created an augmented reality system to warn operators about cyber threats by tagging devices with identifying marks.


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. 

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.


Watch companies with innovative technologies to accelerate the development of hybrid-data architecture demonstrate their concepts to potential DoD partners at the Catalyst Accelerator’s Hybrid Data Demo Day.
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. The selected fellow's payscale is at a GS-12 level.


JULY 25, 2022 (Virtual)

Companies with innovative technologies to accelerate the development of cloud hybrid data architectures and data strategies for the Air Force will demonstrate their concepts to potential partners at the DoD.

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.


Army SBIR/STTR Open Topics

Applications are now open for five Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contract opportunities with the Army, including:

Tech: solve one or more of the following autonomous mobility sensing challenges: off-road sensing, adverse-weather sensing, long-range sensing, and reduction-in-processing-burden sensing.

Problem-solving for the Army: improve autonomous ground mobility to classify vegetation, to maneuver holes, and to operate in situations such as different lighting conditions, fog/rain/dust/snow. In addition, improve autonomous tech to quickly process images with better long-range resolution.

Awards: up to $1.7 million.

Deadline: apply by June 14.

Tech: develop bio-based materials that can feasibly produce equipment such as seat belts, seat materials, and camouflage covers, while innovating less-visible camo materials.

Problem-solving for the Army: bio-based material integration, reduced cost, and less reliance on foreign supply chains to improve the safety and the durability of sustainable Army materials.

Awards: up to $250,000.

Deadline: apply by June 14.
Tech: power management technology for hybrid- and electric-propulsion aircraft resulting in significant fuel savings.

Problem-solving for the Army: efficient and lightweight aircraft that reduces fuel burn while providing increased electrical power capabilities.

Awards: up to $250,000.

Deadline: apply by June 28.

Tech: design, develop, and evaluate domestic hardwood replacement prototypes.

Problem-solving for the Army: cost savings on vehicle replacements and damage, and vehicle readiness will increase by avoiding future potential non-mission-capable dead-line situations.

Awards: up to $250,000.

Deadline: apply by June 28.

Tech: a visual system paired with artificial intelligence (AI) or machine learning (ML) that can be inserted into energetic manufacturing without adding significant delay to operations.

Problem-solving for the Army: utilize AI/ML in conjunction with an in-line process control system to identify defects in energetic fills of munitions including, but not limited to cracks, voids, gaps, foreign material, and chemical agent leakage.

Awards: up to $250,000.

Deadline: apply by June 28.

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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