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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, July 11, 2022 
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Ventures selected for the 2022 NSIN Propel accelerator cohort will spend the next two months working alongside the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to develop emerging technologies addressing critical national security needs in government, defense, and space. In September, the ventures will showcase solutions from the cohort at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.


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 have 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.

JULY 13, 2022 (Virtual)
Get the answers to your questions about the NSIN Starts Naval Tank Inspection Challenge opportunity from subject matter experts and Navy mission partners. The panel will review the challenge’s goals, desired solutions, technical requirements, and possible follow-on opportunities.


NSIN Capstone students at San Diego State University and Rice University prototyped boats for the U.S. Coast Guard last semester. The Naval Engineers Journal highlighted how these student technologists are improving coastal surveillance, detection, and interdiction capabilities against threats posed by the transit of drugs in autonomous surface vessels across the maritime border with Mexico and into California.

Notre Dame University students participating in the NSIN Hacking for Defense (H4D) program — a collegiate course for university students to learn entrepreneurial skills and solve real-world national security problems — recently traveled to Washington, D.C., as part of their curriculum. There, students met with Notre Dame alumnus Adm. Chris Grady, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to learn more about critical issues at the center of both national and global affairs.


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

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.

Begin or transition your career as a collaboration lead with the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Small Business Office. Develop your executive leadership skills by managing the operational structure and support of AFRL research and science hubs and optimizing hubs to bring together regional experts from academia, venture, and federal organizations. Applications close Aug. 5.
AUG. 11, 2022 (Virtual)
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.

NEW SEPT. 21, 2022
The 250 companies participating in MassChallenge’s 2022 startup accelerator program will demonstrate technology solutions for advancing humanity. Save the date for the NSIN-sponsored event to see how these entrepreneurs are innovating the future.


Over the last several months, three NSIN alumni — Fraym, SCOUT, and Skyline Nav AI — have worked with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to develop dual-use geospatial technology solutions for the DoD and the private sector. On July 28, the companies will present the culmination of their work to a live audience of investors, potential customers, and DoD leaders.


Early-career scientists interested in becoming entrepreneurs can apply for a potential Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) with the National Institute of Health (NIH). The funding opportunity, similar to the NSIN Emerge program, supports the transfer of technology from academic laboratories into small businesses for potential Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I and Phase II awards. Submissions are due Aug. 22.

Provide recommendations and best practices to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) on how the DoD can solve contract challenges with the defense industry for software development. Solutions for this Request for Information (RFI) will 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.

Innovators with software and visualization technologies capable of solving supply chain and cybersecurity challenges for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can receive up to $200,000 in Phase I of this OTA. Successful companies over five OTA phases can receive a total of $1.7 million and a potential follow-on opportunity. Submissions are due Oct. 3.

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


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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