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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Nov. 21, 2022
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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.


SciTec helps the DoD make effective and informed decisions for national security. With the awarded Phase III Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract, the team will deliver its remote sensor capabilities for space data exploitation to support mission applications for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA).


New NSIN Managing Director Cheryl Ingstad was featured in Inside Defense on Nov. 16. Ingstad was sworn into office on Nov. 9, bringing 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.
The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) held a Pacific Northwest Roadshow at the Mission Acceleration Center (MAC) on Nov. 15, in Seattle, Washington. Leaders from DIU and NSIN provided an overview of their respective missions, gave background information on their programmatic and technology focus areas, and shared tips on engaging with them. 
A coalition of government, business, and military organizations in the Pacific Northwest are helping endangered whales survive by preventing underwater noises from interfering with whales’ acoustic senses. The project, which NSIN and other Northwest regional partners initiated last spring, focuses on protecting key marine mammal species while supporting a growing density of maritime traffic in high vessel traffic areas.
The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur’s top 50 graduate programs for studying entrepreneurship features NSIN opportunities. According to the publications, these opportunities allow students to develop technology with the DoD and are a key asset for helping students scale their ideas.


NOV. 28- DEC. 2, 2022

Visit Team NSIN in booth #2818 (co-located with the National Center for Simulation) at the 2022 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando. I/ITSEC is the world's largest modeling, simulation, and training event.

JAN. 30, 2023

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.


Follow the NSIN Defense Innovation Funding Opportunities Series on LinkedIn to identify more funding across the defense innovation space.
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.
Innovators with technologies for the on-site destruction and remediation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) may be awarded an other transaction authority (OTA) from Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) with the potential for follow-on contracts. Submissions are due Dec. 2.
Innovators with artificial intelligence (AI)-powered educational technologies that enable adults to learn complex subjects in a self-directed manner may be awarded part of a $750,000 prize pool from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Submissions are due Dec. 18.
Innovators with solutions to incentivize integrity and reduce corruption in the supply chains of minerals critical for green energy technologies may be awarded part of a $3 million prize pool from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Submissions are due Jan. 9, 2023.


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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