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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, June 12, 2023
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The next NSIN newsletter will be on Tuesday, June 20.
NSIN Propel Hawaii Showcase Day


NSIN alumni and innovators with solutions that have the potential to solve DoD needs now have access to a digital self-service library, allowing the entrepreneurs to more easily leverage the NSIN network, the NSIN Transition Cell, and other NSIN resources. Use the library to access funding opportunities, subject matter experts, and market strategies for your venture today.


The 2023 NSIN X-Force Fellowship launched last week with 245 undergraduate and graduate students from 90 universities preparing to spend their summer embedded with military commands. The students will leverage their technical and entrepreneurial skills to solve real-world problems for the DoD.

Capstone students from the University of Washington will deliver up to $600,000 in potential cost savings to United States Space Force (USSF) with plans to optimize energy usage in server rooms and radar domes at New Boston Space Force Center and Pituffik Space Force Base. In addition to freeing up funds for more productive uses, the increased energy efficiency helps the bases meet DoD-wide goals for sustainability.


On June 14, innovators looking to understand the resources provided by government organizations, tech hubs, incubators, accelerator programs, and university innovation ecosystems may join the virtual webinar Innovation Sparks: How Tech-Hubs, Incubators, and Universities Engage Innovators to Thrive. The event, hosted by Defense Acquisition University (DAU), will feature NSIN Venture Portfolio Director Abigail Desjardins and other experts from the DoD and private industry.
JUNE 27, 2023
Selected ventures for the NSIN Forge program will work with federal laboratories, mentors, coaches, subject matter experts, and DoD end-users to assess the market viability and commercialization potential of breakthrough defense technologies. Join an upcoming information session on June 27 to learn more about the application process. Applications close July 2.
JULY 11-13, 2023
Public safety officials interested in learning more about how they can leverage the Team Awareness Kit (TAK), a DoD-developed, off-the-shelf solution for generating tactical awareness, are invited to join NSIN, the Air Force Research Laboratory, the TAK Product Center (TPC) and private industry sponsors for an in-person public safety hackathon event.


NSIN alumni ventures New Frontier Aerospace and Starfish Space have received Phase I Small Business Innovation Research Grants (SBIR) funding from NASA  to further develop their respective technologies and improve the capabilities of our nation’s satellites.. If the ventures continue to progress with NASA, they will be eligible for over $850,000 in Phase II SBIR funding to start prototype development.


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

JUNE 13, 2023

Innovators specializing in autonomous vehicles may submit their solutions for converting existing military logistics vehicles into uncrewed vehicles for the opportunity to receive a contract agreement with DIU. Submissions are due June 13.

JUNE 14, 2023

Innovators with software, hardware, and machine learning tools that could enable unmanned vehicles to conduct mobile, autonomous sensing in disconnected, denied, intermittent, and limited (DDIL) communications environments may submit their solutions to DIU for the opportunity to receive a contract agreement. Submissions are due June 14.

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 the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD). Submissions are due June 20. 

JUNE 29, 2023

Innovators with research supporting autonomous ground and air vehicles, enhancing their operations in open, urban, and cluttered environments may submit their solutions to the U.S. Army’s xTech program for the opportunity to receive part of $500,000 in prizes and be invited to submit an application for a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant worth up to $250,000. Submissions are due June 29. 


JUNE 13-14, 2023

Join DIU, AFRL, and the U.S. Space Force (USSF) 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. 

JUNE 14, 2023

Learn from contracting legal experts in the federal government about the data rights and protections afforded to small businesses participating in the SBIR/STTR programs. 

JUNE 16, 2023

Researchers may submit their work on artificial intelligence (AI) and computer vision that has applications for humanitarian aid and disaster response (HADR) for the opportunity to be featured in front of leaders in the international computer vision space at the AI+HADR workshop at the International Conference on Computer Vision 2023 in Paris, France. 

JUNE 21, 2023

Innovators with artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) solutions with space and maritime applications may apply for the opportunity to collaborate with government and commercial stakeholders, learn about the commercial space ecosystem, and further develop their businesses. Selected companies will work closely with the Space Force and the Navy to deliver dual-use solutions to the warfighter. Applications are due July 5.


The Air Force announced Patrick Space Force Base as the preferred location to host the Space Training and Readiness Command Headquarters (STARCOM HQ). STARCOM HQ will host the force’s training and education command and will serve as the development location for space warfighting doctrine, tactics, and procedures, and for the test and evaluation of Space Force systems. The department also announced the locations of space deltas as Patrick Space Force Base, Kirtland Air Force Base, and Schriever Space Force Base.

Correction: In the original June 12 newsletter “UW Capstone Students” article, we incorrectly published that the cost savings to Space Force was up to $1 billion instead of $600,000. We apologize for the error.
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