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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Feb. 6, 2023
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X-Force Fellowship AMA Sessions


Raj Shah, a Managing Partner at Shield Capital and a former Managing Partner of Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), shared his advice for dual-use and defense-focused startups in NSIN’s latest Investor Spotlight Q&A. The series shares insights from top investors to help defense innovators better understand the investment landscape.

X-Force Fellowship AMA Sessions


FEB. 10, 2023

Applications for the 2023 X-Force Fellowship are due this Friday, Feb. 10. 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.



PeakMetrics develops an AI-powered platform that enables government and private industry to track online trends and narratives, allowing them to defend against disinformation attacks and information warfare. 

NSIN X-Force Fellowship


FEB. 13, 2023

Join NSIN alongside other defense innovation leaders for the DARPAConnect workshop on Feb. 13, in Tampa, Florida. The event aims to break down barriers to working with the DoD for nontraditional partners, specifically for underrepresented academic organizations, including Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). There are opportunities to attend both in-person and online.

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.

North American Championship Career Fair

FEB. 20, 2023

NSIN, in partnership with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), launched the geoSpatial Environment for Access, Retrieval & Content Hosting (gSEARCH) challenge to innovate new methods for the search and discovery of geospatial content. Finalists are eligible for a potential award of up to $75,000 in federal funding. 

Applications close Feb. 20.

North American Championship Career Fair

March 1, 2023

Innovate the generation of synthetic (SynGen) training data for military computer vision algorithms. Finalists are eligible for a potential federal funding award of up to $75,000.

Applications close March 1.


Follow the NSIN Defense Innovation Funding Opportunities Series on LinkedIn to identify more funding across the defense innovation space.
Innovators with emerging hypersonic technologies with attributes like low-cost manufacturing and materials, alternative guidance systems, advanced propulsion, and more, may submit their solutions through this CSO from Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) for the opportunity to move on to Phase II and the potential to be selected for a contract award. Submissions are due Feb. 10.

Construction and design innovators with cost-effective solutions to deploy Soldier Performance Readiness Centers to Army bases may be awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant of up to $200,000 for their ideas with the possibility of follow-on contracts from Army Applications Lab (AAL). Submissions are due Feb. 14.

Innovators with scientific or technological solutions that address a range of challenges facing the U.S. Air Force may receive Small Business Innovation Research/Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) grants from the department. Submissions are due March 8. 


March 2, 2023 

The U.S. Army xTechInternational competition offers eligible international small businesses and academic institutions with advanced manufacturing and materials innovations an opportunity to engage with the DoD, earn up to $530,000 in prize money, and potentially participate in the xTech accelerator program. 
Submissions to xTechInternational close on March 2.

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