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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Oct. 31, 2022
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Through NSIN’s academic partnerships, students can participate in fellowships and research opportunities that introduce them to real-world experiences working with the DoD. Recently, NSIN alumni have published policy papers and reports addressing military challenges using research they developed during NSIN academic programs. Learn more below:
University of Virginia student Maggie Sparling co-authored a publication on U.S. policy toward the Pacific Island countries using research from her NSIN X-Force Fellowship last summer. During X-Force, Sparling and her teammates worked with the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division (NSWC Crane) to map Chinese gray zone activities in the Pacific Islands and develop a U.S. strategy in response.
Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) students Seth Stevenson and Matt Jones published a report with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) about the impact of Western sanctions on Russia. The report focused on the sanctions' effect on Russian-Chinese energy projects in the Arctic and received media coverage in Breaking Defense.


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, awarded across four phases, to develop innovative solutions with Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). Submissions are due Nov. 2.

NOV. 4, 2022

Submit a white paper with an innovative solution to recycle additive manufacturing titanium waste such as producing powder from scrap materials, or rejuvenating used/out-of-spec titanium powder. Problem solvers can receive a contract of up to $500,000, awarded across four phases, to develop innovative solutions with AFRL. Submissions are due Nov. 4.


Seasats creates autonomous boat technology to help the DoD, industry, and academia survey underwater topography, monitor water conditions, and secure activities in the ocean. The team will leverage the investment and expertise of L3Harris Technologies to enhance the capabilities and production of its solar-powered autonomous surface vessels.
Direct Kinetic Solutions (DKS) improves power generation and energy efficiency for organizations with its ultra-light solution that harnesses radioisotopic power. The team will leverage its Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct research and development for its new product offering— a quantum power chip that will enable devices to run on a single charge for weeks.


Congratulations to NSIN's Southeast Regional Director Beverly Seay on her recognition as one of Florida's most influential business leaders in 2022. This is Seay’s fifth consecutive appearance being named to the Florida 500 by the editors of Florida Trend.


Follow the NSIN Defense Innovation Funding Opportunities Series on LinkedIn to identify more funding across the defense innovation space.
Innovators with circuit breaker technologies may submit solutions that consider the attributes required by the nuclear propulsion plant systems that power Navy vessels. Selected innovators may be awarded an Other Transaction Authority (OTA) from Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) with the potential for follow-on contracts. Submissions are due Nov 1.
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.


NOV. 13, 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.
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