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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Oct. 17, 2022
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NSIN marked its 6th anniversary on Friday and to commemorate the occasion, we launched a Defense Innovation Funding Opportunities series on LinkedIn to provide even greater resources to innovators in national security. During the last six years, NSIN has built a national network with over 100 universities, more than 900 DoD mission partners, and thousands of students and entrepreneurs new to working with the DoD. In FY22 alone, NSIN introduced 142 new ventures to the National Security Innovation Base— and you could be next. 


Each week we will spotlight two opportunities in the newsletter. For more, visit Defense Innovation Funding Opportunities on LinkedIn.
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 (NSWCDD). 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:
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 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award of up to $250,000. Submissions are due Oct. 31.


Oort develops technology to help military and commercial organizations identify and respond to security threats such as cyber-attacks. Oort has raised a total of $14.6 million, which the team received after participating in the NSIN-sponsored MassChallenge Safety and Security track.  


OCT. 26, 2022

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

NOV. 2, 2022

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

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

NSIN Problem Intake Form


OCT. 21, 2022

Deliver innovations for an 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

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

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.
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