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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, April 24, 2023
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NSIN alumni companies are developing solutions that ensure the DoD's energy independence and give warfighters access to clean and reliable energy in austere environments. 

On Earth Day, NSIN highlighted some of the recent innovative climate-friendly solutions developed by NSIN alumni.


APRIL 28, 2023

Applications for the 2023 NSIN Foundry cohort close this Friday. Apply now for the opportunity to collaborate with federal laboratories to commercialize breakthrough defense technologies and build new companies.  


Shabodi has partnered with Booz Allen Hamilton and 5G Open Innovation Lab to create a mobile medic application that will improve the security and reliability of communications between first responders and medical staff during emergencies. With the support of Shabodi’s Application Enablement Platform (AEP) that accelerates and deploys 5G applications regardless of the underlying network, emergency responders can rely on the app to perform even after software upgrades or changes to network systems.

Blazing Audio helps warfighters achieve decision superiority on missions with reliable communications technology that improves hailing and warning systems. With a networked ultrasonic speaker technology originally developed by Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) the hailing and warning system maintains sound quality at a distance and in bad weather allows warfighters to communicate more reliably with potential hostiles and innocent civilians and determine intent from a safe distance. 


The Pacific Northwest Mission Acceleration Center (PNW MAC) is one of the two inaugural U.S.-based accelerators selected to harness cutting-edge technology for transatlantic security and defense in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Defense Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA). At the PNW MAC, innovators will have opportunities to enhance and accelerate innovations across numerous emerging technology areas including artificial intelligence (AI), next generation communications, robotics, pharmaceuticals, aerospace, and biotechnology.

Airmen at the Air Force Reserve’s Transformation and Innovation Office (AFRC/A9) learned and applied the principles of design thinking during a recent NSIN Bootcamp aimed at improving essential certification processes for the Air Force Reserves. The Airmen briefed senior military leaders on their solutions for potential implementation. 

NSIN Presents: SynGen Challenge


MAY 1, 2023

Innovate the generation of synthetic (SynGen) training data for military computer vision algorithms. Finalists are eligible for a potential federal funding award of up to $75,000. Applications close May 1.

MAY 8, 2023

Work with DoD and government stakeholders like the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Information Directorate, the premier research organization for command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) and cyber technologies for the U.S. Air Force, in NSIN’s latest accelerator, NSIN Propel New York. Selected companies for the accelerator will have opportunities to test, evaluate, and demonstrate technology for DoD mission partners and venture capitalists. Applications are due May 8.

Watch the Propel New York Information Session recording >>

MAY 16, 2023

Attend the 2023 Lantern Symposium at Hanscom Air Force Base for an opportunity to connect with local innovation leaders and discover opportunities for regional collaboration. Participating organizations include NSIN, DIU, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Northeastern University, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell.


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

MAY 4, 2023

Innovators working in a diverse set of technology areas may submit solutions that can be adapted to support the needs of the U.S. Air Force and/or the U.S. Space Force for the opportunity to receive Direct to Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant funding. Submissions are due May 4, 2023. 

MAY 31, 2023

Innovators with novel ideas for antenna designs that offer performance improvements and/or a reduction in size, weight, power and cost may submit their solutions to Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for the potential to be invited to the Bringing Classified Innovation to Defense and Government Systems (BRIDGES) consortium where they will be awarded $50,000 in government funding and sponsored for a facility clearance. Submissions are due May 31, 2023.


MAY 10, 2023

Join the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) for a forum on the importance of cybersecurity in securing intellectual property and protecting the defense supply chain. The event will feature thought leaders from government and industry as they share the latest on DoD security requirements and expectations for the Defense Industrial Base. 


APRIL 30, 2023

Postdoctoral and senior-level researchers may apply for the National Research Council’s Research Associate Program for the opportunity to work with the Air Force Research Lab Munitions Directorate (AFRL/RW), be paid stipends ranging from $45,000 to $80,000, and have the potential for longer-term government employment. Fellows will work on topics including GPS-denied single and multi-agent navigation; characterization of photonic crystals, metamaterials, and metasurfaces; and the design of hybrid nano-optical systems. Applications are due April 30.

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