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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, July 18, 2022
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Connect your Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) talent to full-time employment opportunities while solving technical challenges at the DoD. No military experience is required. Applications close Aug. 5. Current job openings include:
Advance your career as a data scientist with the Army’s Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM) while growing your cyber skills and leadership opportunities. Work with information technology and systems responsible for defending the Army’s networks during operations.
Use your STEM expertise to provide intelligence and statistical analysis for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) while discovering and characterizing threats in multi-domain operations, such as steering weapon system acquisitions and informing national defense policies. 
Advance your career as a collaboration lead with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)’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. 


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. Join us for this live pitch event. Registration required. 


Cutting-edge companies from top research universities commercialized intellectual property for civilian and military markets and showcased the solutions at the final showcase day of the NSIN Emerge program. 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 in austere environments.

All NSIN email addresses are migrating to the “dot mil” domain effective Aug. 1. Although messages will be forwarded to the new addresses, we encourage you to take this opportunity to check in with your NSIN contacts and obtain their new email address.


AUG. 1, 2022 (Hybrid)

Companies with tech to lower corrosion repair costs for the aging infrastructure of the Navy’s land-based bulk water and fuel storage tanks can receive prize money plus 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 the first-place team receiving $200,000. Applications are due Aug. 1

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.

SEPT. 21, 2022

The 250 companies participating in MassChallenge’s 2022 Startup Accelerator will demonstrate technologies for advancing innovation in commercial and military communities. Save the date for the NSIN-sponsored event to see how these entrepreneurs are developing next-generation solutions.


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.


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

Energy storage systems to improve the resiliency, flexibility, and reliability of energy independence at military installations. Submissions are due July 27.
Concepts of design for an advanced aircraft configuration to provide more aerodynamic efficiency to increase flight range, loiter time, and offload capabilities. Submissions are due Aug. 2.
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. Submissions are due Aug. 22.

Provide recommendations and best practices to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) on how the DoD can work with the defense industry to solve contract challenges for software development. Solutions for this Request for Information (RFI) will shape the DoD’s guidance for acquiring future software solutions. 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 the challenge’s five phases can receive up to $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 18-22, 2022 

Innovators and small businesses can directly engage with federal agency program managers and decision-makers who administer over 7,000 new awards annually, such as Small Business Innovation Research (BIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards.

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.

SEPT. 8, 2022 (Virtual)

Experts from government, industry, and academia will explore new and innovative solutions to optimize and safeguard U.S. supply chains in alignment with national defense initiatives and priorities at the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)’s 2022 Industry Collider Day.
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