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National Security Innovation Network
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023
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X-Force Fellowship AMA Sessions


A team from the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder has won Phase 1 of the NSIN-sponsored Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) High-Rate Entangled Photon Sources Enabling Quantum Networks Grand Challenge (AFRL Grand Challenge #3). The challenge includes the potential of a $500,000 contract – awarded in four development phases over the next nine months – to develop high-rate entangled-photon sources. The effort could enable global quantum networks, networked quantum sensors, and distributed quantum computing.



Asylon, provider of automated robotic security systems, helps industry and government secure facilities while reducing the need for human security presence in dangerous, remote, and mundane environments. In addition to providing capital, Veteran Ventures will work with Asylon on bolstering their defense portfolio and leveraging non-dilutive funding opportunities.

North American Championship Career Fair
NSIN Chief of Staff, Karen Fray, shared her insights on innovation’s role in government learning and development in a recent article for the Association for Talent Development. The article covered the need for new approaches to creating diverse, innovative teams and identified three key areas of improvement to help organizations.

North American Championship Career Fair
NSIN released its Year in Review - FY22 which showcases expansion, diversification, and innovation that is changing the way the Department of Defense (DoD) solves problems. Inside, you will discover program and mission partner success stories and data showing NSIN’s impact across the nation. We invite you to learn more about our work, to see our plans for the future, and to discover opportunities to improve national security.

North American Championship Career Fair
Innovate new methods for searching and discovering geospatial content in the geoSpatial Environment for Access, Retrieval & Content Hosting (gSEARCH) Challenge, sponsored by NSIN in partnership with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Finalists are eligible for a potential award of up to $75,000 in federal funding.

Applications close Feb. 27.

North American Championship Career Fair
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 technologies for integrating sets of commodity devices, creating synthetic data sets, or building prototypes of metamaterial antennae may receive Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) grants from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Submissions are due March 7.

Innovators with scientific or technological solutions that address a range of challenges facing the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, Defense Health Agency, Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Microelectronics Activity, or Missile Defense Agency may receive SBIR/STTR grants. Submissions are due March 8.


FEB. 23, 2023

Connect with government, industry, and the broader innovation and intelligence communities to exchange ideas about government programs, resources, and opportunities for geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) innovation. Innovators can attend virtually or in-person at The GEOINT Hub at the Technology Entrepreneur Center, Inc. (T-REX) in St. Louis.

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, win part of a $530,000 prize purse, and potentially participate in the xTech accelerator program. 

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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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