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National Security Innovation Network
Tuesday, June 20, 2023
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Early-stage ventures interested in the defense sector are invited to apply for NSIN Propel Boston. Partnering alongside experts from NSIN, the military, and private industry in the cohort, emerging companies will work to transition their emerging technology solutions to address the modernization needs of the Special Operations Forces (SOF) community and its partners. Attend an information session on June 29 to learn more about the accelerator and its technology areas of focus. Applications for the cohort are due Aug. 1.

Students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are growing their skills in geospatial intelligence this month as they collaborate with NSIN, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and subject matter experts from government and private industry. Located at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, students are developing geospatial skills and solutions to societal challenges and learning about career fields in geospatial intelligence.

Students Build Prototype for Alternative Energy

NSIN Capstone students from Northeastern University worked with New Boston Space Force station to investigate utilizing the base’s wood biomass energy as an alternate energy source. The team developed a sensor prototype for small-scale drones to acquire and apply data from the base that could be used to scale similar solutions across joint forces. Photos from the team’s operational test of their prototype at New Boston below:

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.


MatrixSpace, a Massachusetts-based company that is revolutionizing radar technology with its compact, artificial intelligence (AI)-powered system, recently closed a Series A funding round. The company has now raised more than $20 million to date. MatrixSpace helps the DoD and private sector complete objectives by making informed and confident decisions with data. The team’s AI capabilities enable small businesses and military operators to manage large numbers of integrated intelligent machines from any location. With the funding, the team will accelerate its technology advancements, customer adoption, and revenue growth.

NSIN X-Force Fellows from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa will continue to test and refine a solution with the U.S. Army 25th Infantry Division to help military personnel with PTSD and other mental health challenges. After developing a solution to support warfighters with behavioral telehealth appointments while deployed or in field training last semester, the students have been selected for additional funding and development of their innovation with the Army in the 2023 NSIN X-Force Fellowship.

Raymond Muller, a current NSIN X-Force Fellow from Purdue University, is developing algorithms and theories that can be applied to help the military and civilians solve real-world challenges in a range of technology areas such as infrastructure to autonomous vehicle security.

Georgia Tech and NSIN program alumna Grace Trimpe has been published in two prestigious scientific and engineering journals—the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Journal and the Military Medicine Journal—for her research on medical advancements to improve the lives of warfighters and the public. During her NSIN X-Force Fellowship, Trimpe and her team traveled to Fort Moore (formerly Fort Benning) to be in the field with mortarmen and Army Rangers where she collected research to discover methods of testing the effects of blast exposure on service members and its correlation to traumatic brain injury (TBI).


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

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 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.

JUNE 22, 2023

Innovators with geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) technologies will learn how to pursue upcoming federal government contracts and award opportunities while building relationships with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the Technology Entrepreneur Center (T-REX) in St. Louis. During the hybrid event, attendees will hear highlights on federal government programs, resources, and opportunities for geospatial intelligence innovation and business growth from experts in the broader innovation and intelligence community.

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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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