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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Oct. 16, 2023
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Propose Defenes Innovator's Toolkit Curriculum


NOV. 17, 2023 
Educational design and curriculum development professionals are invited to submit curriculum proposals that address critical skill gaps in the federal workforce while encouraging students to pursue careers in government. Through this new Defense Innovator’s Toolkit course, students will develop a greater understanding of civilian employee roles within the Department of Defense (DoD), gain valuable experience utilizing innovation tools, and explore professional opportunities in the federal space.


OCT. 17, 2023 
Learn how leaders in the public sector are working to spur innovation and reshape the future of government. NSIN Venture Portfolio Director and Director of Enterprise Services Abigail Desjardins, Director of Innovation at the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority Robert Bornhofen, and Entrepreneur-In-Residence at BMNT Sabra Horne will lead the conversation. 

OCT. 20, 2023 
Discover how technological innovations in digital engineering and management, agile software, and open architecture impact our national security, global competitiveness, and future workforce. Beverly Seay, NSIN Southeast Regional Director, Dr. Will Roper, founder and Chief Executive Officer of technology startup Istari Digital, and Josh Atlman, National Security Advisor to Georgia Sen. Jon Ossoff will lead the forum.  

OCT. 20, 2023 
Submit innovations for medium- to high-altitude small tactical aerial platforms for extended loitering (STAPEL) to the Space Prototyping and Experimentation Branch at the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (USASMDC) for the chance to receive part of $150,000 during our latest challenge, NSIN Presents: Project STAPEL.  

OCT. 21, 2023 
Discover opportunities to work in government tech roles at the BLK Men in Tech THRIVE 2023 conference. NSIN Chief of Staff Karen Fray will take part in the conversation to share her perspectives.   


OCT. 24, 2023 
Businesses with critical microelectronics are invited to learn more about breaking into the government market and accelerating their ventures through the next NSIN Propel - Economic Development Initiative (EDI) cohort. Register for the "Ask Me Anything" session Thursday, Oct. 24. Applications to the program are due Oct. 27. 

OCT. 30, 2023 
Innovators with artificial intelligence (AI)-based large language models that could automate processes such as instructional systems design and requirements development for the Navy’s Ready Relevant Learning (RRL) initiative may register to compete for part of a $160,000 prize purse during the NSIN-supported Ready Relevant Learning Prize Challenge. Registration is required by Oct. 30, 2023. Submissions are due Nov. 13, 2023.  

NOV. 3, 2023 
Ventures interested in bringing university intellectual property (IP) to the federal and commercial markets are invited to apply to join the NSIN Emerge accelerator. Participating ventures will have access to training and mentorship and may receive $20,000 each in non-dilutive funding.    

NOV. 10, 2023 
Innovators with solutions to bolster Indian and American binational security may submit their technologies for the opportunity to receive part of $300,000 available in the new DIU and India-U.S. Defense Acceleration Ecosystem (INDUS-X) challenges. Submit technologies that enable underwater communication or maritime intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) by Nov. 10.   

NOV. 15, 2023 
Ventures from the 2023 NSIN Foundry and Forge cohorts will pitch dual-use, defense and commercial solutions they created from federal technologies at an upcoming showcase day. The cohort will also compete for cash prizes as they share the spinout ventures they created in front of an audience of investors, government stakeholders, industry experts, and entrepreneurs.    

NOV. 29, 2023 
Undergraduate and graduate students may win part of a $90,000 prize pool in the NSIN and xTech Good Vibrations Challenge with innovative algorithms that could help the Army determine whether vehicles pose a threat using terrestrial ground sensors.    


NSIN alum eve Vehicles makes field-rechargeable drones that give users such as first responders and warfighters a reliable source of situational awareness. The company has won a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Army Research Laboratory (ARL). Under the CRADA, eve Vehicles will develop and refine a hybrid small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) that has the ability to take off and land vertically, hover, and fly with airplane-like fixed-wing flight. 


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

OCT. 23, 2023

Innovators with climate projection modeling and data tools that could enable the DoD to consider future environmental factors when conducting risk analysis and long-term planning may submit their solutions to DIU for the potential to be selected for a contract award. Submissions are due Oct. 23.

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