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National Security Innovation Network
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
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The Mississippi National Guard (MSNG) tested emerging technologies on Camp Shelby’s electronic warfare and cyber ranges during Thunder Strike, a three-day NSIN Adaptive Threat Force (ATF) exercise. View the highlights of the ATF-trained warfighters preparing against near-peer adversary environments, technologies, and threats of modern multi-domain warfare scenarios.


Listen to the latest episode of “SOFcast,” the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) official podcast, to learn how service members can leverage NSIN programs to connect with leaders and develop solutions to DoD problems. Northeastern University Program Director John Griffin provides invaluable insights on engaging with NSIN.

NSIN Hacks brings together civilian and military innovators for an intensive, short period to develop novel concepts that solve DoD problems. Many hackathon winners continue developing solutions with DoD partners, gaining traction for more contract and funding opportunities. Learn more about the impact of the NSIN hackathon on the defense innovation journey with these interviews featuring NSIN program alumni Distributed Spectrum, NSIN Hacks program manager Kedar Pavgi, and Rachel Bondi, a prior hackathon mission partner:

Distributed Spectrum recently received a $250,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Science Foundation to continue developing its dual-use, low-cost radio spectrum monitoring technology.
Working with Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) on the latest hackathon, “Reality Bytes: Visualizing Cyber Operations,” winners split a $70,000 prize to continue developing their winning concepts into prototype solutions with the DoD. 

Rachel Bondi, NAVWAR PMW 130’s technical director and DoD partner for NSIN's “Reality Bytes” hackathon, discusses her career path and the evolving uses of artificial reality technologies in an enlightening Q&A with Authority Magazine.


NEW JULY 13, 2022 (Virtual)

Cutting-edge companies from top research universities will demonstrate commercialized intellectual property ready for dual-use markets at the NSIN Emerge Accelerator showcase day. The ventures worked on various technologies with important government applications, including energy and environmental tech, cybersecurity and analytics, digital optimization, health-tech, and communication and sensing under challenging environments.

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 already expanding into defense markets at NSIN’s Defense Entrepreneurial Symposium.


Shield AI protects service members and civilians with its aerospace engineering and artificial intelligence software to create autonomous aircraft and reduce risks for pilots. The team recently raised $165 million in a Series E Funding round, increasing the company’s valuation to $2.3 billion.
Barrow Green’s technology helps people cool themselves without damaging the environment. The team qualified for the second round of the Army's xTechSearch Clean Tech challenge, receiving a $2,000 cash prize and becoming eligible for Army Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding aligned with the challenge. Barrow Green is also a finalist for a potential $50,000 prize in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s Cooling Solutions Challenge. 
Edge Impulse helps organizations collect and structure data to make informed decisions with its development platform for machine learning on edge devices. The team has been named one of the 2022 Cool Vendors by Gartner based on its growth and impact in the edge-computing industry.
Inpher ensures the privacy and security of scaling and connecting machine learning and artificial intelligence with data for organizations to access better insights with its cryptographic Secret Computing® technology. The team recently partnered with In-Q-Tel, advancing its work in national security.


Apply for four open Other Transaction (OT) agreements with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). Learn more below about the technologies desired for each OT agreement:

Software and/or hardware capable of optimizing power management and remote monitoring while improving energy storage at remote installations. Submissions are due June 21.

A carbon-neutral synthetic aviation fuel capable of leveraging non-biomass feedstock that can be produced on-site at bases as well as remote operating locations. Submissions are due June 21.
Low size, weight, and power (SWaP) monitoring and filtering devices capable of protecting legacy DoD platforms by gaining visibility into network protocol traffic. Submissions are due June 24.

Software in support of unmanned operations capable of fusing multiple sensors and allowing for teleoperation of unmanned ground vehicles in challenging environments. Submissions are due June 27.

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

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.

Innovators with technologies capable of strengthening supply-chain software and increasing supply-chain transparency can receive between $200,000 and $1.7 million over five phases of Other Transaction Agreements (OTAs) for their solutions from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Submissions are due Oct. 3. To learn more about the opportunity, attend the virtual industry day on July 14

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


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.
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