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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, August 15, 2022
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Ventures, entrepreneurs, and investors learned about military funding opportunities and how to do business with the DoD at the NSIN Defense Entrepreneurial Symposium last week. Small businesses networked with government economic development departments, military organizations, and other startups with federal contract experience to share tips on available capital for ventures through partnerships with the DoD.  


AUG. 16-18, 2022 (Hybrid)

Thought leaders, innovators, and senior officials from government, industry, and academia meet August 16-18 at iFEST 2022, the premier conference on Distributed Learning. The Honorable Beverly Seay, NSIN Southeast Regional Director, will deliver the keynote address “Partnership of Problem Solvers” on Wednesday at 9:35 a.m. ET. If you have a role or interest in education and training modernization, you'll want to be part of iFEST 2022. 

AUG. 18-20, 2022 (Hybrid)

Advance 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.


Alison Beatty, NSIN Program Director for the University of Michigan, discusses how startups and students in Michigan are connecting with the DoD to innovate new technologies for solving modern national security challenges.  

National SEcurity Innovation Week in STL


SEPT. 14, 2022

The top six teams of entrepreneurs from the 2022 NSIN Foundry cohort will pitch cutting-edge federal inventions to solve real-world challenges in the military and the private sector. The teams will compete for part of a $50,000 prize to continue commercializing the federal lab technology.  

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.


NSIN Emerge and Propel

MatrixSpace helps the DoD and
private sector complete objectives by making informed and confident decisions with data. The team’s autonomous and artificial intelligence capabilities for networks and sensors enable small businesses and military operators to manage large numbers of integrated intelligent machines from any location.

NSIN Propel, Foundry, Boost, and Transition Cell 

Candelytics and MIT are launching
an open-source competition to help users identify 3D objects within a virtual environment. The objective is to create a Machine Learning (ML) model that takes as input an indoor scene in the form of 3D point clouds and detects and labels the objects present inside the scene.

Access the power of NSIN to tackle the toughest DoD challenges. 

NSIN Problem Intake Form


Discover Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) opportunities with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) for your venture. Open opportunities include:
Commercial innovations for the capabilities of small boats such as
increasing distance, speed, displacement, and maneuverability, while
simultaneously decreasing signature, detection, and logistical footprint. Applications are due
Aug. 22.  
Apply for two Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to innovate technology for national security. Applications are due Aug. 18.  
Technology solutions for improving high-energy gamma ray shielding from current materials such as lead and concrete. An award amount of $1.2 million is available for selected solutions.

Technology solutions for a non-invasive, real-time intracranial pressure (ICP) monitor to distinguish normal from elevated ICP with high accuracy, while capable of functioning in austere environments. An award amount of $1.5 million is available for selected solutions.
Follow the NSIN funding opportunities blog to identify funding across the defense innovation space.


(For Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, and DoD Civilians) 

Participants in Shift’s Defense Venture Fellowship will gain first-hand knowledge of emerging technologies and companies developing capabilities for defense applications. Fellows will join venture capital and technology companies across the U.S. to bring the latest commercial tech trends and innovation back to the DoD. Applications for the 2022 cohort close Aug. 15, and applications for the 2023 cohort are now open.  

AUG. 24, 2022 (Virtual)

Hear from experts at Space Force, Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) on how to use the space industrial base effectively to achieve our nation’s strategic priorities.  

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.

SEPT. 12-16 (Hybrid)

Join senior officials in the DoD and other influential leaders at DefenseScoop’s upcoming Defense Tech Week. Attendees will participate in interactive sessions, networking opportunities, and events about the future of defense innovation.

SEPT. 26-29, 2022 (In-person)

Join federal agencies, private industries, and academics to collaborate
on military and national security technology solutions to support the
warfighter. This year's key focus areas include energy, climate, cyber,
biodefense, space, advanced manufacturing, and 5G.
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The National Security Innovation Network is a program of the U.S. Department of Defense that collaborates with major universities and the venture community to develop solutions that drive national security innovation. We operate three portfolios of programs and services: National Service, Collaboration, and Acceleration. Together, these portfolios form a pipeline of activities and solutions that accelerate the pace of defense innovation.  
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