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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Sept. 19, 2022
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Commander Susan Kilrain, a renowned astronaut with a distinguished career as a Navy test pilot and aerospace engineer, will keynote NSIN Propel Demo Day in New York City on Sept. 28. Kilrain is the youngest person—and one of only three women—to pilot a space shuttle. She served for 20 years in the Navy and has flown more than 3,000 flight hours in over 30 different aircraft.  


SEPT. 21, 2022 (Virtual)

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

SEPT. 23, 2022 (Virtual)

Service Members and Government Civilians Only

Participants should identify current challenges limiting technological breakthroughs for biochemical agent sensors and high-fidelity environmental awareness. Winners will work with the Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Army Research Laboratory (ARL) to develop solutions into potential Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) topics. Requires registering for or logging in to the NSIN UNUM platform.


NSIN X-Force

Liz Benecchi, a Harvard University X-Force Fellow, shares how the emphasis on psychological safety at Kessel Run shaped her experience and growth. 

NSIN X-Force

Ritika Tejwani, a Washington University in Saint Louis X-Force Fellow, has been recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal for her efforts with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) in the St. Louis innovation community.
Tidelift helps organizations save time and resources to keep their software secure and well-maintained. The team’s technology manages open-source security, maintenance, and licensing tasks to vet software.  


Watch NSIN’s events from DefenseScoop’s Defense Tech Week and learn how the DoD is working with academia and the private sector on emerging technologies to benefit both commercial and military markets.  
National SEcurity Innovation Week in STL


SEPT. 28, 2022 (In-person)

By Invitation Only

NSIN Propel enables next-generation applications of emerging dual-use technology for government and defense. The Demo Day is an invitation-only event. To request an invitation, please contact
National SEcurity Innovation Week in STL

OCT. 5, 2022 (Virtual)

Teams of NSIN alumni will pitch their dual-use technologies for a chance to receive $25,000 and continue to develop their solutions for commercial and military markets. Venture solutions vary from software applications and hypersonics, to novel-heat exchange and wearable ultrasound technologies.

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

NSIN Problem Intake Form


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


SEPT. 23, 2022 (Registration deadline)

Massachusetts companies with dual-use aerospace and defense technologies interested in SBIR award opportunities can receive up to $20,000 for their innovations at the Northstar Campus Pitch Day on Oct. 13. Applications are due Sept. 23. 

SEPT. 27-29, 2022 (In-person)

Connect with entrepreneurs, government, and industry leaders in Austin, Texas, to collaborate on dual-use solutions that put commercial technology in the hands of the DoD. 

SEPT. 30, 2022 (In-person)

Submit innovative technologies, unique resourcing strategies, or any other transformative capability that has the potential to make maintenance and sustainment more agile and affordable to the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense-Materiel Readiness. The winner will receive $50,000 to continue developing their solution. 

SEPT. 30, 2022 (In-person)

Submit your research on the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and humanitarian assistance and disaster recovery (HADR) problems to be featured at the NeurIPS 2022 workshop. Submissions should have clear practical applications such as search and rescue robotics, computer vision for damage assessment, motion planning in obstructed roads, responses to COVID-19, and disinformation management on social media. 

OCT. 24-26, 2022 (In-person)

Technologists and engineers from across the Pacific will collaborate with government officials, investors, prime contractors, federal SBIR/STTR program representatives, and other supporting agencies at this year’s conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. Entrepreneurs will have opportunities to connect with potential customers, learn about America’s Seed Fund (SBIR/STTR programs), and discover how to best leverage new funding and tech commercialization opportunities at federal agencies. 

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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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