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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Dec. 12, 2022
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NSIN X-Force Fellowship


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. 

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. 

NSIN presents: SynGen Challenge


NSIN, in partnership with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) seeks solutions for the generation of synthetic training data for computer vision (CV) algorithms. Open to all eligible innovators. Learn more about this opportunity at an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Friday, Dec. 16. Registration is required. 


Joanna Patsalis, co-founder and COO of Direct Kinetic Solutions, an NSIN program alum company, has been selected for the 11th annual Forbes 30 Under 30 2023: Energy list, recognizing entrepreneurs and innovators. Patsalis, a Stern School of Business graduate, works with radioisotopic battery experts at Oak Ridge National Labs and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. Direct Kinetic Solutions offers an ultra-light power solution that lasts for decades and goes far beyond current market offerings, including the near-ubiquitous lithium-ion battery. 

Cleo Robotics Wins RCCTO Contract Awards
Cleo Robotics, NSIN program alum and winner of the 2020 NSIN Seeing Into the Unknown – Situational Awareness in Dense Urban Environments virtual hackathon, has been awarded a $2.5 million contract by the U.S. Army. The company will deliver a prototype of its Tactical Dronut (TacDronut) aerial drone, which provides intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability in a package that can withstand impact. The U.S. Army’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO) awarded the contract after the technology was selected during an Army Innovation Day competition. 

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.  
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. 
Innovators with cooling systems that are hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) and hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) free and do not leverage a refrigerant loop may be awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant of up to $250,000  from the U.S. Army. Submissions are due Jan. 3, 2023. 
Innovators with agents or systems that extinguish fires without the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) may be awarded an SBIR grant of up to $250,000  from the U.S. Army. Submissions are due Jan. 3, 2023. 


DEC. 15, 2022 

The Small Business Hub at Wright Brothers Institute has partnered with the Mile Two experts to present a Collider in Cognitive Systems Engineering. This hybrid event begins at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 15. Layla Akilan, a Cognitive Systems Engineer and an experienced developer for the DoD, is the keynote speaker.  

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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