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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Aug. 14, 2023
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AUG. 17, 2023 
This Thursday, learn how NSIN’s programs and services enable businesses to collaborate with the DoD, find business opportunities, and accelerate venture growth at the 2023 NSIN Defense Entrepreneurial Symposium. Participants will gain insight into the DoD’s strategic imperatives for the defense ecosystem and make meaningful and enduring professional connections with industry and military leaders.


Students from across the nation delivered solutions to the real-world national security challenges of more than 65 DoD mission partners last week during their final presentations for the summer X-Force Fellowship program. Over the past 10 weeks, fellows worked on innovations like a prototype drone attachment enabling the semi-autonomous assessment of wounded warfighters’ neurological states; an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered rust detection system that would enable more rapid, accurate rust remediation; a logistical model to improve sustainment and the distribution of resources; and more.

HII's Mission Technologies was recently awarded a five-year, $1.4 billion task order through the Joint Network Engineering and Emerging Operations (J-NEEO) contract vehicle. J-NEEO is one of eight contracts that NSIN manages to help growing companies survive the “Valley of Death,” a precarious time where a vendor transitions a prototype or commercially available product to a DoD contract.  


SEPT. 20, 2023 
Pre-Series A ventures interested in the government market are invited to apply for the 2023 NSIN Vector program. Companies selected for Vector will work with experts from NSIN and the military to develop dual-use technologies and compete for non-dilutive funding. The program is open to ventures from Hawaii, Washington, Kansas, Ohio, and Arizona—where NSIN will place future Mission Acceleration Centers. Vector applications are due Aug. 25.


AUG. 25, 2023

Students are invited to explore DoD technology careers and hear from Dr. Jay Wilhelm, an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ohio University with more than 15 years of research experience in intelligent systems, sensor testing, integration, UAV propulsion, and UAV control experience. 

SEPT. 26, 2023

Take part in conversations about maximizing professional opportunities and working to deliver a decisive competitive advantage to the warfighter at the 2023 Women In Defense National Conference.


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

AUG. 22, 2023

Innovators with technologies that could increase the range of single all-electric powertrain ground vehicles may submit their solutions for the opportunity to receive  funding from Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). Submissions are due Aug. 22.

AUG. 25, 2023

Startups with technologies supporting energy resilience, secure information sharing, and sensing and surveillance may submit their solutions to the North American Treaty Organization (NATO) Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA) for the opportunity to receive €100,000 in the first round of competition. Selected startups will have the opportunity to move on to phase two and compete for up to €300,000 each in additional funding. Submissions are due Aug. 25.

OCT. 5, 2023

Innovators from industry and academia may submit digital tools that would enable informed, coordinated military movement planning and execution may submit their solutions to NATO for the chance to win part of an $8,500 prize purse. Submissions are due Oct. 5.

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NSIN is a program office in the U.S. Department of Defense, nested within the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). We are set up to collaborate with a wide variety of innovators to include universities, researchers, students, entrepreneurs and start-ups. We create opportunities for collaboration across communities and connect those that might not traditionally work in national security. Together, we help drive national security innovation and develop technologies that directly support the individuals responsible for protecting our country.  
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