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National Security Innovation Network
Tuesday, July 5, 2022 
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The Summit on Trusted Autonomy Research and Technology (START) brought together venture, academic, and DoD organizations last week to collaboratively advance solutions for delivering autonomous assets to warfighters in contested environments. Participants shared their unique sector knowledge and experience to create a roadmap for quantifying trust in autonomous technology. The Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)) launched the summit with support from NSIN, an OUSD(R&E) program office, to encourage industry and academia to invest in trusted autonomy for defense purposes.


Dr. Jaret Riddick, principal director for autonomy at OUSD(R&E), explains the critical outcomes sought from the DoD’s new Operational Trust in Mission Autonomy (OPTIMA) Initiative in an interview following the Summit on Trusted Autonomy Research and Technology (START) at Purdue University last week.

Tech startups without federal contracting experience learned how to enter the federal marketplace in the recent NSIN-supported Catalyst Government Business Boot Camp. The eight-day intensive training helped prepare six teams with the knowledge and a network of experts to support their next steps in doing business with the government.


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.

NEW JULY 21, 2022 (Virtual)
Two winning teams with the best food-tech innovations for the Combat Feeding Division (CFD) of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) will each receive $100,000 at the NSIN Starts Combat-feeding Pitch Competition. Join us for this live pitch event. Registration required. 

AUG. 1, 2022 (Hybrid)
Companies with technologies to lower corrosion repair costs for the Navy by solving challenges for the aging infrastructure of land-based bulk water and fuel storage tanks can receive prize money and potential follow-on opportunities in this NSIN Starts Pitch Competition. A prize pool of $500,000 will be awarded to the top-four companies at a live demonstration in Southern California, with first place receiving $200,000. Applications are due Aug. 1

NEW AUG. 5, 2022
Connect your Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) talent in NSIN Hirethon to full-time employment opportunities solving technical challenges at the DoD. Current openings include:

Begin or transition your career as a data scientist with the Army’s Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM), while advancing your cyber skills and leadership opportunities, working with information technology and systems responsible for defending the Army’s networks during operations. Applications close Aug. 5.

The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Small Business Office seeks two senior-level (DR-04) interdisciplinary positions in AFRL/SB overseeing the AFRL Regional Hubs centered at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN and Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Applications close Aug. 5
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.


Provide recommendations and best practices to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) on how the DoD can solve contract challenges with industry for software development. Solutions for this Request for Information (RFI) will be used to shape DoD guidance for acquiring future software solutions. DISA may contact select respondents for additional discussions and information as part of market research. Submissions are due Aug. 15.

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


JULY 5, 2022 (Virtual)
Develop technologies for the Army that can solve electronic-architecture problems such as heat dissipation, vibration, and shock in vehicles in remote locations, and solutions for current vehicular size, weight, power, and cooling constraints. Four winning teams will each receive $25,000. Submissions are due July 5.
JULY 27, 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.
AUGUST to DECEMBER 2022 (Hybrid)
Connect with agency leaders from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) at six upcoming events held across the nation’s leading research and development universities to discover available opportunities to advance the U.S. technological advantage. The first event is Aug. 30-31, at Colorado State University.
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