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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Jan. 8, 2024
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FEB. 16, 2024
Innovators with novel methods to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing may win part of a $1 million prize pool during the NSIN and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Present: Global Fishing Forecast Grand Challenge.  


Revolute Robotics, ParaWave LLC, and HDO Health took the top spots at the 2023 NSIN Vector showcase and received $25,000, $15,000, and $10,000, respectively. Their commercial innovations have the potential to address key national security focus areas including war in Ukraine, strategic deterrence, and Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2). 

As we bid farewell to 2023, DIU extends heartfelt gratitude to our dedicated community and partners for an incredible year of collaboration and progress. We wish you a Happy New Year! 


JAN. 31, 2024
Applications are 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. 


NSIN university partner Florida Atlantic University (FAU) represents one of six academic institutions awarded part of a $16 million CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). These grants aim to ready the next generation of cybersecurity professionals and strengthen the cybersecurity workforce at government organizations. FAU is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), has been an NSIN university partner since 2020, and received a letter of support for their proposal from NSIN.  


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

JAN. 15, 2024 and APRIL 30, 2024

Innovators with the ability to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to automatically secure the critical code that underpins Americans’ daily lives may submit applications to Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for the opportunity to win part of the $22.5 million prize pool. There are two tracks of competition: registration for the Open Track is due April 30, and white paper submissions for the Small Business Track are due Jan. 15. 

JAN. 26, 2024

Undergraduate and graduate students with the ability to create algorithms to measure a system’s ability to maintain critical functionality during a cyber attack may submit their solutions to Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) for the opportunity to receive part of the $125,000 prize purse.   

JAN. 30, 2024

Innovators with modular payloads that have the ability to conduct blood delivery, medical resupply, and casualty evacuation missions may submit their solutions to Army Applications Laboratory (AAL) for the opportunity to receive up to $1.65 million in Direct to Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding.    

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