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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Dec. 4, 2023
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The 44 companies selected for the NSIN-supported North Atlantic Treaty Organization Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (NATO DIANA) cohort will begin the six-month program to accelerate their ventures and refine their technologies. The companies, who were selected from a pool of more than 1300 applicants, will deliver innovations to improve NATO security with better energy resilience, undersea sensing and surveillance, and secure information sharing.     


NSIN Chief of Staff Karen Fray was one of 70 national security professionals selected for the Truman National Security Project's 2024 Fellowship class. Karen and her peers were chosen for their ability to contribute to Truman's goal to ensure that our nation continues to forge smarter, stronger, and more just global leadership through diplomacy, defense, development, and the promotion of democracy. As a fellow, Karen joins a network of more than 2,500 members and alumni that includes veterans, frontline civilians, policy experts, and political professionals.


JAN. 3, 2024
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. The challenge is open to undergraduate and graduate students.

JAN. 31, 2024
Applications are now open for university students to apply for the 2024 X-Force Fellowship program. Selected fellows will work with military and national security leaders next summer on real-world DoD challenges, participate in professional development opportunities, and build a portfolio using their skills for national security solutions. Apply by Jan. 31, 2024. 


DEC. 7, 2023 
See solutions for underwater communication and maritime intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) with the potential to bolster Indian and American binational security. Finalists will compete for part of $150,000 per challenge during the iDEX Underwater Communication and iDEX Maritime Intelligence, Surveillance, and Recognizance (ISR) and Challenge Pitch Events.

DEC. 13, 2023 
See 20 startups showcase technologies that address at least one of the 14 DoD modernization priorities as they compete for a $50,000 prize pool during the NSIN Vector Showcase Day pitch competition.


DEC. 7, 2023 
Innovators with ideas for a Large Language Model Maturity Model (LLM MM) that could be used to assess the applicability of LLM solutions for various use cases and workflows may submit their solutions to the Department of Defense’s Chief Digital and AI Office (CDAO) for the opportunity to participate in the Advantage DoD 2024: Defense Data & AI Symposium. Submissions are due Dec. 7.    

Stanford University is offering free online courses (no application or tuition fees required) in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) such as machine learning, Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence.


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

DEC. 21, 2023

Innovator with deep terrain shaping obstacle (DTSO) solutions that could enable the U.S. Army to delay, deter, or deny enemy forces from the forward line of troops (FLOT) may submit their solutions to the Army Applications Lab SPARTN program for an opportunity to receive up to $200,000 in Phase I SBIR funding.

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