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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Jan. 9, 2023
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NSIN Presents: Adversarial Capital Information Panel


NEW JAN. 18, 2023

Join NSIN and the Silicon Valley Defense Group on Wednesday, Jan. 18, for a conversation about adversarial capital. Government and industry experts will share best practices to help startups protect themselves from intellectual property (IP) theft and other common challenges preventing startups from doing business with the government. The event includes in-person and online options to attend.

NSIN X-Force Fellowship


Applications are 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 Feb. 10, 2023.

Solar Flare Prediction Tool to Protect Space-based Military Comms
NSIN, Western Michigan University, and the Michigan Air National Guard are collaborating to predict solar flare events more than 36 hours in advance. The effort, named Project Helios, pairs an algorithm with a high-performance computer to help improve the resiliency of space operations against solar flares.

Front Door to DoD Innovation
NSIN's work with our university partners drives innovation for the DoD while providing opportunities to individual innovators, startups, researchers, students, and more. President Jim Rankin of South Dakota Mines shared that NSIN's impact has played a critical role in their Innovation District's growth.

NSIN Propel Hawaii
NSIN Venture Portfolio Director Abigail Desjardins discusses with Brandi Vincent of DefenseScoop how early-stage companies selected for NSIN Propel Hawaii will speedily pilot autonomous, 5G and other emerging technologies directly with and for the Navy’s Pacific Fleet.

NSIN Presents: gSEARCH Challenge


NEW JAN. 23, 2023

NSIN, in partnership with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), is launching the geoSpatial Environment for Access, Retrieval & Content Hosting (gSEARCH) challenge to innovate new methods for the search and discovery of geospatial content. The top company may receive up to $75,000 in prize money. The challenge solicitation period launches on Jan. 23.

NSIN presents: SynGen Challenge

JAN. 26, 2023

Innovate the generation of synthetic (SynGen) training data for military computer vision algorithms. Finalists are eligible for a potential award of up to $75,000 in federal funding. On Jan. 26, experts from NSIN, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) will answer your questions about the challenge. Registration for the Ask Me Anything is required.


Follow the NSIN Defense Innovation Funding Opportunities Series on LinkedIn to identify more funding across the defense innovation space.  
Innovators with heat pump solutions that will enable the DoD to improve the energy efficiency of their space and water heating systems and reduce their associated greenhouse gas emissions may be awarded an Other Transaction Authority (OTA) opportunity from DIU with the potential for follow-on contracts. Submissions are due Jan. 16.

Innovators with scientific or technological solutions that address a range of challenges facing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may be awarded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards by the department. Submissions are due Jan. 17.


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.

FEB. 15-16, 2023 

Small businesses interested in doing business with the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) will develop national security technology procurement strategies with SOFWERX. Participants will receive resources from acquisition experts to help companies discover contract opportunities, clarify known requirements, and navigate federal marketplaces.

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The National Security Innovation Network is a program of the U.S. Department of Defense that collaborates with major universities and the venture community to develop solutions that drive national security innovation. We operate two portfolios of programs and services: Talent and Venture. Together, these portfolios form a pipeline of activities and solutions that accelerate the pace of defense innovation.   
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