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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, April 29, 2024
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Members of the inaugural NSIN-supported North American Treaty Organization (NATO) Defence Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA) cohort gathered in McLean, Virgina for North American Outreach Days to hear from leaders in the defense space and meet with representatives from venture capital firms, industry, and the government.


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.

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).

MAY 31, 2024
Innovators with the ability to create expeditionary power capabilities for a mobile space domain awareness platform may submit their solutions to win part of $75,000 during NSIN’s Expeditionary Energy Challenge, presented in partnership with the 15th Space Surveillance Squadron (15 SPSS).

JULY 1, 2024
Apply for the next Foundry cohort 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. An Ask Me Anything will be held on April 30.


Students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) interested in geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) may apply for this undergraduate research experience for the opportunity to leverage geospatial science to address societal challenges and National Geospatial Intelligence Agency’s (NGA) key intelligence priorities. Students will have the opportunity to work with subject matter experts, including those from NSIN. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

1,000 entrepreneurs received tools for innovation, connected with one another, competed for funding, and more at the NSIN-sponsored West Virginia Bridging Innovation Week. NSIN Regional Engagement Principal for West Virginia Andy Tennant was at the event to connect with entrepreneurs, academic partners, and community leaders.

Co-Founder and CEO of NSIN alum PeakMetrics Nick Loui shared insights on how the company leveraged NSIN programming to connect with DoD end users and learn from potential customers in the government market. Nick also spoke about how PeakMetrics’ real-time narrative intelligence platform helps companies, organizations, and governments identify and combat narrative threats and shared updates on the company’s plans gain more traction with the DoD.


MAY 1, 2024
Join NSIN and the Washington Air National Guard (WA ANG) 194 Communications Squadron for a hybrid pitch event at the Defense Innovation OnRamp Hub: Washington, exploring solutions for the Catastrophic Communications Challenge. Solutions showcased will assure communications during volcanic eruptions and other natural disasters and participants have an opportunity to win part of a $75,000 prize pool.

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. You can connect with Team NSIN at booth 140 at the event.

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.

MAY 22, 2024
Discover how data and emerging technologies can be leveraged for national security at DefenseScoop’s DefenseTalks 2024. Speakers include military leaders like former Secretary of Defense Gen. Jim Matis and industry professionals from companies like Microsoft and IBM.

JUNE 3-7, 2024
Apply for the opportunity to take part in the BRAVO Hackathon while prototyping using existent recorded and live data on military systems, collaborating with innovators from the DoD and private industry, and sparking innovation by openly sharing disruptive ideas that challenge the status quo. Applications are due April 29.


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

MAY 1, 2024

Innovators with platform-agnostic solutions that could support a smooth patient experience; ensure collection of patient interactions and data in the MHS Information Portal (MIP); enable enterprise-managed multipurpose mobile devices, provider applications, digital assistants, and wearables; and anticipate advances to health sciences may submit their solutions for the opportunity to receive funding from DIU.

MAY 6, 2024

Innovators with hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or electric systems capable of handling aircraft may submit their solutions for the opportunity to receive funding from DIU. Ideal solutions will improve energy efficiency while increasing range, endurance, and operational flexibility in contested environments.

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