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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Oct. 23, 2023
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OCT. 27, 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. 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 Tuesday, 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 will 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.   

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.

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 Bootcamp program participants at Hanscom Air Force Base delivered solutions to base leadership for improving the information technology (IT) skills of Hanscom personnel. The solutions, which include ideas to create IT trainings, foster collaboration, and organize an IT training repository, were all approved to move forward for implementation.  

Ohio’s U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and U.S. Representative Michael Turner announced the $1.9 million investment of the Department of Defense (DoD)’s new OnRamp Hub in the Miami Valley region to accelerate the development and adoption of new technology solutions to meet national security challenges. The Hub will also support Ohio small businesses that are on the leading edge of new technology, but face barriers to working with the DoD. Ohio was selected by DIU as one of five states to host a Hub. Together, the Hubs will connect with innovators and facilitate solutions to the most complex and pressing challenges facing our men and women in uniform.    

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.    


NSIN alumni Pryon enables industry and government to save time by providing quick access to critical information from across their organizations with an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered knowledge management system. Pryon will use the funding to grow its team, expand into international markets, and further develop its existing partnerships. 


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

OCT. 31, 2023

Innovators with the ability to improve artificial intelligence (AI)-based detection and classification of objects in still images and video, identify risk factors and improve facility location analysis, or leverage inputs from multiple types of sensors to create common operating picture of an environment may submit their solutions to win part of a $50,000 prize pool from the NavalX Palmetto Tech Bridge. 

NOV. 1, 2023

Students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) may submit their solutions for autonomy, chemical and biological sciences, and health to xTech for the opportunity to receive part of a $100,000 prize purse and participate in a startup accelerator program.  

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