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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, August 1, 2022
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AUG. 8, 2022 

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 August 8.


AUG. 5, 2022 

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. Current job openings include:
Begin or transition 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. 


Max Shuey, an NSIN X-Force Fellow from Miami University (Ohio), is working with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to develop a resilient biomanufacturing supply chain.

The Summit on Trusted Autonomy Research and Technology (START) brought together venture, academic, and DoD organizations 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.


AUG. 11, 2022 (Virtual)

Ventures, entrepreneurs, and investors interested in doing business with the DoD can learn more about military funding opportunities and meet with companies already expanding into defense markets at NSIN’s Defense Entrepreneurial Symposium. Attendees will also hear keynote speeches and have networking opportunities with government and venture leaders.

AUG. 18-20, 2022 (Hybrid)

Progress your career in information technology and other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields at the 44th Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Meet with Team NSIN at the conference to learn more.

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.


SCOUT develops spaceflight hardware, software, and data to improve safety and transparency in space. Its dual-use autonomous imaging solutions help rendezvous and proximity operations, satellite servicing, space traffic management, and orbital debris detection. The team has won a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award with AFWERX for SCOUT’s sensors to observe and catalog activities in space.

Armaments Research Company, Inc. (ARC) uses machine learning to develop sensors for warfighters to reliably communicate and share critical information in any environment. The team has extended its contract with the DoD to develop technology for Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) projects.


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

Solutions for compact, low-maintenance aircraft asset trackers capable of providing real-time location data on a user-friendly interface. Submissions are due Aug. 2.

Commercial 5G wireless networks capable of improving usable data for Command and Control (C2)’s decision-making. Submissions are due Aug. 11.
Follow the NSIN funding opportunities blog to identify funding across the defense innovation space.


AUG. 2, 2022 (Virtual)

Danny Holtzman, Department of the Air Force (DAF) Authorizing Official, will answer your questions about the processes for small businesses to do business with the Air Force and Space Force.

AUG. 15, 2022 (Hybrid)

Network with leaders from the military, academia, and venture capital to learn about innovation in hydrogen fuel cell technologies. The event also includes a Hyperion fuel cell vehicle tour and other ongoing projects at the Ohio State University’s Center for Automotive Research (CAR).

AUG. 24-25, 2022 (In-person)

Learn the requirements for doing business with the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) in Tampa, Florida, during a two-day event designed for small businesses. Receive resources and guidance from USSOCOM and SOFWERX to develop technology capable of accessing DoD markets. Registration closes Aug. 17.

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 opportunities to extend the U.S. technological advantage. The first event is Aug. 30-31, at Colorado State University.
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