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National Security Innovation Network
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023
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AFRL Metallic Scrap and Waste Powders


U.S.-based titanium technology company, IperionX, has won Phase 1 of the NSIN-sponsored Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Reprocessing of Metallic Scrap and Waste Powders Grand Challenge (AFRL Grand Challenge #4). The challenge included the potential of a $500,000 contract to develop equipment and processes to transform scrap titanium into powders suitable for additive manufacturing.

NSIN Presents: Adversarial Capital Information Panel


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.


JAN. 19, 2023

Discover open topics, areas of interest, and needs of the DoD in the 23.1 Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) awards at this virtual event hosted by the Pacific Northwest Mission Acceleration Center (MAC). Innovators will hear from speakers with the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Army, AFWERX, and more about resources to help with SBIR/STTR proposals and overviews of the programs.

NSIN Presents: gSEARCH Challenge

JAN. 20, 2023

NSIN, in partnership with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), will present an Ask Me Anything information session on Friday, Jan. 20, for the upcoming geoSpatial Environment for Access, Retrieval & Content Hosting (gSEARCH) challenge to innovate new methods for the search and discovery of geospatial content. The challenge solicitation period launches on Jan. 23.

Zeta Energy


Zeta Energy is advancing battery technology for electric vehicles and resilient energy sources in the U.S. The company will use its $4 million award from the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop and manufacture batteries for use in EVs and other applications, including electric grid energy storage. Zeta’s tech will improve charge rates and long-term stability while minimizing performance losses at low temperatures.

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.

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.

North American Championship Career Fair

FEB. 15, 2023

DoD recruiters and hiring managers can receive no-fee support from NSIN to connect with an elite pool of talent— some of North America’s top computing students— at the North American Championship (NAC) Virtual Career Fair on Feb. 15.


Follow the NSIN Defense Innovation Funding Opportunities Series on LinkedIn to identify more funding across the defense innovation space.  
Innovators with scientific or technological solutions that address a range of challenges facing the U.S. Air Force may receive Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) grants from the department. During pre-release, questions are permitted to the topic technical point of contact. The pre-release period is ongoing until submissions open on Feb. 8. Submissions are due March 8.

Innovators may submit solutions covering the following technology areas: air platform, battlespace, biomedical, chemical biodefense, electronics, ground sea, information systems, materials, nuclear, sensors, and space platforms to receive Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding from the U.S. Air Force. During pre-release, questions are permitted to the topic technical point of contact. The pre-release period is ongoing until submissions open on Jan. 19. Submissions are due Feb. 23.


JAN. 20, 2023 

Industry and academia can apply to showcase their cutting-edge technologies and capabilities to scientists and engineers from the Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate (AFRL/RW) during this market research opportunity. Each month, a panel of technical experts will select 3-5 submissions to deliver a brief presentation to government stakeholders.

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.

JAN. 25, 2023 

Members of the private sector can network and learn more about partnership opportunities with the Naval Sea Systems Command’s Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS) at the office’s 2023 Industry Day.

JAN. 25, 2023 

Government, academic, private sector, as well as anyone interested in collaborating with another entity to solve a government challenge can discover research and development opportunities and network with potential partners at Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN)’s virtual event.

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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