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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Jan. 22, 2024
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Urban Sky, a startup pioneering advances in stratospheric micro balloons, has won first place and $50,000 in the NSIN Presents: Project STAPEL Challenge for their solution to help emergency personnel operate with improved intel.  The challenge, held in partnership with the Army Space and Missile Defense Command (USAMDC) Space Prototyping and Experimentation Branch, sought a low-cost, rapidly-deployable medium to high-altitude balloon.  


JAN. 24, 2024
Students interested in a paid opportunity to work with military and national security leaders this summer are invited to learn more about the 2024 NSIN X-Force Fellowship. Two Ask Me Anything (AMA) sessions are available at 10 a.m. ET and 2 p.m. ET.  

JAN. 25, 2024
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. On Jan. 25, the NATO DIANA cohort will launch at MassChallenge’s headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts.   


Companies, entrepreneurs, researchers, and students discovered how they can impact national security, and how to access government programming and funding at the launch of the newest OnRamp Hub in Seattle, Washington. At the event, the Hub announced an upcoming challenge, the Catastrophic Communications Challenge (C2C), to improve communications in disaster scenarios. 

An artificial intelligence (AI) tool developed by 2023 NSIN X-Force Fellows working with the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane), is arming researchers, scientists, and engineers at Crane with new information to enhance their decision making. The tool scans research publications to aggregate the latest knowledge from academic, federal, and industry reports.

Cutting-edge companies will demonstrate how intellectual property from top research universities can be commercialized for dual-use, civilian, and military markets during the next cohort of NSIN’s Emerge Accelerator program.


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. 

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. Attend an Ask Me Anything session on Jan. 29, to learn more about the challenge.


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

JAN. 22, 2024

Innovators with wastewater and other monitoring systems to improve biosecurity and predict future pandemics by giving decision makers greater situational awareness may submit their solutions to DIU for the potential to be selected for a contract award.     

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