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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Dec. 5, 2022
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UCF Team wins AFRL Grand Challenge #1


A team from the University of Central Florida (UCF) College of Optics and Photonics won the NSIN-sponsored Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Quantum-Inspired Efficient Information Extraction for Electro-optic Systems Grand Challenge. The team, led by Professor Stephen Eikenberry, pitched a novel approach to use photonic lanterns to identify space objects beyond the Rayleigh limit.  


Access the power of the NSIN network to tackle tough DoD challenges. NSIN is seeking policy problems for the upcoming spring semester. If you have an unclassified policy challenge, we invite you to complete our problem intake form to provide information about the issue, your timeline, and desired outcome. Our team will evaluate your submission and work with you to identify a university partner. 

NSIN alumni company, RadiantNano, enables the government and private sector to safely harness radiation through next-generation radiation detection, identification, and imaging technology with its novel material, Novskite. RadiantNano’s has applications ranging from detecting nuclear materials to reducing radiation doses in medical imaging. 

NSIN is hosting three web-based Ask Me Anything (AMA) sessions about the upcoming 2023 NSIN X-Force program. Undergraduate and graduate students interested in this unique summer fellowship opportunity are invited to attend one of these events for more information. Register for your preferred AMA session by clicking on the Zoom registration link below. 

JAN. 6, 2023

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. 


Follow the NSIN Defense Innovation Funding Opportunities Series on LinkedIn to identify more funding across the defense innovation space.  
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. 
Innovators with novel solutions that can safely remove fine carbon particles from a Bosch reactor, without impacting the reactor’s performance may be awarded part of a $45,000 prize pool from NASA. Submissions are due Jan. 12, 2023. 
Student innovators with AI/ML solutions that use data to improve safety, enhance operational efficiency of the national aerospace system (NAS), contribute to sustainability in aviation, or assess risk for novel uses of the NAS may be awarded part of a $45,000 prize pool from the FAA. Submissions are due Jan. 22, 2023. 
SpaceWERX is soliciting proposals for commercial technologies in the emerging on-orbit servicing, assembly, and manufacturing market. The Phase I solicitation will award $250,000 in Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards to small businesses and academic institutions that can help combat the increasingly concerning issue of orbital debris. Submissions are due Feb. 17, 2023. 


JAN. 23, 2023 

Members of the Air National Guard (ANG) 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.
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