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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Oct. 3, 2022
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The next NSIN Newsletter will be on Tuesday, Oct. 11.


Congratulations to NSIN's Southeast Regional Director Beverly Seay, who accepted the Service to the Flag award at last week’s Women in Defense National Conference. The Service to the Flag award is given annually to leaders who identify and address pressing national security challenges through their work. 
NSIN’s Senior Advisor Patrick Mahaney, Princeton University Program Director Spencer Reynolds, and Mid-Atlantic Regional Director Grant Fox discussed public and private sector collaboration with the defense innovation community at ff Venture Capital's Drones and Robotics Summit in New York City.  
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.


Arcascope’s wearable technology optimizes the circadian rhythms of its users to improve their health, performance, and well-being. The team plans to use its seed money to accelerate the rollout of its application and circadian management platform, which will help users improve sleep and reduce fatigue. 
Somewear Labs enhances user safety and awareness in austere environments with its satellite communications technology. The venture raised $13.7 million to rapidly scale its business providing the DoD, industry, and outdoor enthusiasts the ability to communicate outside of cell service areas.  
Tangram Flex develops digital engineering tools and capabilities that can integrate across organizational platforms. The team won a $250,000 contract with SpaceWERX to leverage Tangram’s technology, Tangram Pro, in on-orbit software upgrades. The technology enables the U.S. Space Force and private industry to complete upgrades more efficiently and securely. 


Early-stage ventures presented emerging technologies for defense and commercial markets during last week’s NSIN Propel 2022 Demo Day. The companies showcased next-generation applications of dual-use tech to potential government, defense, and venture capital partners.


OCT. 7, 2022 Submission deadline

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. Winners can receive a contract of up to $500,000, awarded across four phases, to develop high-resolution space imaging solutions with AFRL. 

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

NSIN Problem Intake Form


Regional incubators may submit innovative ideas to develop the growth and support of energy startups and entrepreneurs. Winning incubators will receive part of the $4 million prize pool available across three phases and are eligible to win part of an additional $210,000 in prizes. Submissions are due Oct. 25.
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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