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National Security Innovation Network
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022
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Hamna Khan, an alumna of the NSIN Technology National Security Fellowship (TNSF), received a retired Blood Chit from the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency (JPRA) in recognition of her efforts to build a network of federal subject matter experts who will develop a next-gen emergency search and rescue beacon, innovating the future of civil search and rescue. 


OCT. 14, 2022

Submit a white paper with an innovative solution for quantum-inspired imaging techniques to help the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) improve the detection and characterization of space debris and space objects. Problem solvers can receive a contract of up to $500,000, awarded across four phases, to develop high-resolution space imaging solutions with AFRL.  


Eclypsium’s cloud-based platform works to protect against cybersecurity threats originating in supply chains, ensuring the integrity of hardware, firmware, and software. The company plans to use the funds to expand product capabilities, accelerate sales, and conduct further supply chain security research.  


Five teams of innovators from previous NSIN programs participated in an eight-week program covering the business fundamentals of dual-use venture creation, culminating in a live pitch competition last week. Log-io secured a win for their logistics and planning software solution providing the DoD and private sector with a unified dashboard of tools, making decision-making easier and helping organizations find efficiencies.


OCT. 20, 2022

Submit a white paper with an innovative solution for a machine learning-artificial intelligence system that can help researchers quickly find the correct conditions for optimizing and discovering new synthetic compounds using multi-system approaches. Problem solvers can receive a contract of up to $500,000, awarded across four phases, to design an artificial intelligent/machine learning (AI/ML) framework with AFRL. 

NOV. 2, 2022

Submit a white paper with an innovative solution for high-rate entangled-photon sources, which could enable global quantum networks, networked quantum sensors, and distributed quantum computing. Problem solvers can receive a contract of up to $500,000, awarded across four phases, to develop these sources with AFRL. 

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Regional incubators may submit innovative ideas to develop the growth and support of energy startups and entrepreneurs. Winning incubators may receive part of the $4 million prize pool across three phases. Submissions are due Oct. 25.
University teams may submit ideas for designing and training algorithms that can trigger ships to automatically schedule and coordinate weapons systems in response to adversarial actions. Student teams selected during the white paper phase will be eligible to compete for part of $100,000 and the opportunity to present their submissions to Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division. Submissions are due Nov. 15.
Army xTech awards emerging technology that can help solve Army challenges. Apply for two new xTech competitions below to accelerate your venture with the DoD:
Ventures with advanced manufacturing technologies will pitch innovations for solving defense production challenges. Winning companies will receive part of a $445,000 prize pool and may participate in the 2022 Defense Manufacturing Conference. Submissions are due Oct. 14.
Historically Black College and University (HBCU) students will pitch innovative concepts and technologies to help the Army solve challenges in areas such as climate change, health, and artificial intelligence and machine learning. Students can receive part of a $65,000 prize pool and may have an opportunity to develop a prototype or seek a patent for their winning solutions. Submissions are due Oct. 31.
Small businesses and sole proprietors with technological innovations of all kinds can pitch their ideas to the Army during this open-topic prize competition. Winners will receive part of the $800,000 prize pool, and each finalist may have the opportunity to submit for a Phase I SBIR award of up to $250,000. Submissions are due Oct. 31.


OCT. 21, 2022 (Submission deadline)

Deliver innovations for an autonomous unmanned aircraft system (UAS) capable of providing long-range resupply solutions in contested environments using a Multi-Capable Distribution Platform (MCDP) to the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Selected ventures can negotiate multiple award opportunities with USSOCOM.

NOV. 11, 2022 (Submission deadline)

NSIN Alumni: Contact for information on waiving your 

application fee

Receive exposure for your venture in front of a live audience and a panel of expert judges at the 15th annual SXSW Pitch Competition in Austin, Texas, March 11-12, 2023. Categories include: artificial intelligence, voice, and robotics; enterprise and smart data; entertainment, media, and content; future of work; food, nutrition, and health; innovative world technologies; metaverse and web3; and smart cities, transportation, and sustainability.

DEC. 18, 2022 (Submission deadline)

The National Security Agency's (NSA) Hot Topics in the Science of Security (HotSoS) is accepting already published research papers, works in progress papers, and poster/demo abstracts for its virtual symposium April 3-5, 2023. HotSoS seeks to engage researchers, practitioners, and thought leaders from government, industry, and academia focused on advances in cybersecurity and privacy. Participants will have networking and mentoring opportunities with NSA researchers to advance their scientific research careers. The submission deadline is Dec.18, 2022.
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