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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Nov. 14, 2022
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On Wednesday, Nov. 9, Cheryl Ingstad was sworn in by Heidi Shyu, Department of Defense Under Secretary for Research and Engineering (USDR&E), as the Managing Director of NSIN. Ingstad brings extensive experience in both government and industry to NSIN. She most recently served as the inaugural director of the Department of Energy (DOE)’s Artificial Intelligence and Technology Office, where she was responsible for coordinating the department’s development and application of artificial intelligence.


Early-stage ventures will learn how to do business with the DoD by working alongside NSIN, the U.S. Pacific Fleet, and Decisive Point in the NSIN Propel Hawaii accelerator. At the end of the cohort, participating companies will deliver cutting-edge capabilities that enable the U.S. Navy and its partners to operate as a ready, capable, and combat-credible force in the Pacific region. Applications are now open and close on Jan. 6, 2023.

NOV. 15, 2022

The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) is holding a Pacific Northwest Roadshow at the Mission Acceleration Center (MAC) on Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Seattle, Washington. At this event, leaders from DIU and NSIN will provide an overview of their respective missions, give background information on their programmatic and technology focus areas, and share tips on how to engage with them. The event will include an open Q&A session with in-person and online audience members.


Kinnami Software worked with a University of Nebraska team to securely monitor bridge health using edge computing, sensors, and computer-vision data. The team won $8,500 and the opportunity to pitch its solution at the NATO Communication and Information Agency’s flagship conference.
Boston Materials creates reclaimed carbon fiber-based materials, allowing commercial and DoD clients to improve the sustainability and strength of manufactured goods. The company will leverage the funds to scale operations.


Applications are now open for university students to apply for the 2023 X-Force Fellowship program. Next summer, selected fellows will work with military and national security leaders on real-world DoD challenges, participate in professional development opportunities, and gain experience using their skills for national security solutions. Apply by Jan. 20, 2023.
USDR&E Heidi Shyu visited Arizona State University (ASU) last week to see how the university has positioned itself to help bridge the critical gap between lab technology and national security solutions. Shyu learned about ASU’s work with NSIN in developing a Mission Acceleration Center (MAC) on campus, which will open the front door to the DoD for industry and academia to collaborate with the military on new technologies.


Follow the NSIN Defense Innovation Funding Opportunities Series on LinkedIn to identify more funding across the defense innovation space.
Innovators in the in-space servicing and manufacturing (ISAM) sector may submit solutions with potential for use in on-orbit servicing, maneuvers, debris removal and space logistics support. Chosen solutions are eligible for up to $1.7 million in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding during this Direct to Phase II SBIR solicitation with the U.S. Air Force. Submissions are due Nov. 22.
Innovators working in over 40 topic areas may submit solutions to AFWERX. Many topic areas have multiple topics which accept submissions of varying technical readiness levels (TRLs). Selected proposals are eligible for up to $1.25 million in awards through Direct to Phase II awards. Submissions are due Nov. 22.
Innovators with microsensor solutions that have applications for countering weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) agents may apply to participate in this event series. Subject matter experts will evaluate submissions during the events, and the United States Special Operations Systems Command (USSOCOM) may enter into non-FAR or FAR-based agreements with solution holders. Submissions are due Nov. 23.


JAN. 23, 2023

Military and DoD civilians may apply to the Academy, Industry, Military, Hybrid Innovations (AIM-HI) program to develop skills in creativity and innovation to solve military challenges in new ways. The AIM-HI program facilitates collaborations between researchers and warfighters to rapidly produce proofs of concept. Applications are due Jan. 6, 2023.
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