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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, April 15, 2024
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MAY 23, 2024
Innovators with solutions for multi-domain range scheduling and management that could provide the DoD with a range common operating picture (COP) may submit their solutions for the opportunity to receive part of a $75,000 prize pool during the Multi-Domain Range Scheduling Challenge. The challenge is being held in partnership with the Air Force 56th Range Management Office (RMO) and the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence (USAICoE). Solutions will be presented in front of an audience of investors, DoD stakeholders, and more at a hybrid pitch day at the Defense Innovation OnRamp Hub: Arizona in Phoenix, Arizona.


APRIL 18-19, 2024
Innovators interested in emerging technologies can hear from founders and CEOs, government officials, Academy Award winners, and more to learn about tech trends in multiple industries at the eMerge Americas conference in Miami, Florida. NSIN Southeast Regional Director Beverly Seay will speak about emerging dual-use and defense technology trends during a panel discussion at the conference.


MAY 10, 2024
Pre-series A ventures interested in the government market are invited to apply for the 2024 NSIN Vector program. Companies selected for Vector will work with experts from NSIN and the military to develop dual-use technologies and compete for non-dilutive funding awards. The 2024 Vector program seeks technologies to address advanced sensing, data sharing, command and control, resilient position, navigation, and timing, and contested communications. Vector applications are due May 10.

MAY 23, 2024
As part of the inaugural trilateral prize challenge through AUKUS Pillar II — a defense and security partnership between Australia, the United Kingdom (UK), and the United States (U.S.) — DIU launched the AUKUS Electronic Warfare Challenge to support the DoD as it develops a strategic edge against adversarial electromagnetic system (EMS) technologies. An Ask Me Anything will be held on April 18.

JULY 1, 2024
Apply for the next Foundry cohort today and collaborate with federal laboratories to commercialize breakthrough defense technologies and build new companies. Selected innovators will participate in a virtual, five-month cohort where they will have access to instruction, DoD inventors and end-users, mentorship from DoD and private sector subject-matter experts, and training that will prepare them to do business with the DoD and private sector. Applications for Foundry are due July 1.


NSIN National Capital Regional Director and Acting Strategic Engagements Director Kedar Pagvi spoke with GovCIO at the Sea-Air-Space 2024 conference. Kedar discussed the DIU 3.0 strategy, shared innovative technologies and opportunities in the defense and commercial sectors, and explained how NSIN provides unique opportunities for innovators and partners with academia, ventures, the DoD, and more. 

At Sea-Air-Space 2024, the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and DIU announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will support the development of commercial dual-use technology solutions and enhance education for future defense leaders. This partnership will accelerate research, innovation, and education through fellowships at DIU, personnel exchanges, technology, experimentation, and projects with the Naval Innovation Center (NIC).


MAY 7-8, 2024
Artificial intelligence (AI) experts and enthusiasts will learn about the latest emerging AI technologies at the Special Competitive Studies Project AI Expo for National Competitiveness in Washington, D.C.  

MAY 7-8, 2024
Join innovation leaders from the government, private sector, and scientific community to exchange ideas and examine how public and private entities can come together in pursuit of innovation for national security. The event is held in honor of the legacy of the 25th Secretary of Defense Dr. Ash Carter.

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