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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, May 8, 2023
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MAY 8, 2023

Work with DoD and government stakeholders like the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Information Directorate—the premier research organization for command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) and cyber technologies for the Air Force—in the NSIN Propel New York accelerator. Selected companies will have opportunities to test, evaluate, and demonstrate technology for DoD mission partners and venture capitalists. Applications are due today, May 8, by 11:59 p.m. ET.


A team of NSIN students from the University of Central Florida (UCF) have developed a solution to prepare soldiers for electronic warfare (EW) through a virtual training environment that provides simulated scenarios along with training insights and feedback. The team devised the solution with the help of the U.S. Army Cyber School. As challenge winners, the students will represent the U.S. Army Central Command (USARCENT) at U.S. Central Command’s (CENTCOM) Innovation Oasis II on May 25.

Industrial engineering students in the North Carolina State University (NCSU) NSIN Capstone course displayed potential solutions to increase efficiency and improve workflows of maintenance space for the Fleet Readiness Center East (FRC East). The students’ project has the potential to save FRC East $30 million by allowing FRC East to fully utilize existing shops and avoid a costly building project. 

Students in an Arizona State University (ASU) NSIN course delivered a solution for weapons qualifications process automation that has the potential to save the National Guard five years in person-hours, freeing Guard members up for more important tasks like training. The students received a certificate of appreciation and a challenge coin to represent their excellence.

Rice University students have created a self-navigating catamaran that aims to resupply Marines in contested environments. The project came out of an NSIN Capstone course and received an Excellence in Capstone Engineering Award and a $1,000 prize from the university’s George R. Brown School of Engineering at the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen showcase and competition.

Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) students have created a stethoscope that can be quickly removed from a bag without getting tangled in fast-paced, battlefield environments and a device that saves person-hours by leveraging computer vision to sort live and spent ammunition. Through NSIN Capstone, the students worked with Tesseract, the Air Force's logistics innovation organization, to deliver the early-stage prototypes.


MAY 16, 2023

Attend the 2023 Lantern Symposium at Hanscom Air Force Base for an opportunity to connect with local innovation leaders and discover opportunities for regional collaboration. Participating organizations include NSIN, DIU, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Northeastern University, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

NSIN Presents: SynGen Challenge

JUNE 1, 2023

The application deadline for the NGA SynGen Challenge has been extended to Thursday, June 1. Innovate the generation of synthetic (SynGen) training data for military computer vision algorithms with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Finalists are eligible for a potential federal funding award of up to $75,000. 


Follow the NSIN Defense Innovation Funding Opportunities Series on LinkedIn to identify more funding across the defense innovation space.

MAY 10, 2023

Innovators with solutions to improve unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) navigation on rough terrain may submit their solutions to DIU for the potential to receive a prototype agreement. Submissions are due May 10, 2023.

MAY 10, 2023

Innovators with augmented reality (AR) tools to improve warfighter operational efficiency, decision-making, and situational awareness may submit their solutions to DIU for the potential to receive a prototype agreement. Submissions are due May 10, 2023. 

JUNE 20, 2023

Software innovators with tools for assessing configuration settings to improve interoperability during distributed training may be awarded part of a $100,000 prize purse by Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD). Submissions are due June 20, 2023.


MAY 10, 2023

Join the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) for a forum on the importance of cybersecurity in securing intellectual property and protecting the defense supply chain. The event will feature thought leaders from government and industry as they share the latest on DoD security requirements and expectations for the Defense Industrial Base. 

MAY 15-18 and JUNE 13-14, 2023

Join DIU, the U.S. Space Force (USSF), and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) for a series of workshops to assess the space industrial base. Insights from the workshops will be used to create feedback for the Administration, the National Space Council, senior policymakers, Congress, and the broader commercial space ecosystem. 

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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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