NSIN Emerge Accelerator

Connecting Department of Defense (DoD) mission partners (e.g., operational units, program offices, etc.) with emerging technology teams and startups from at research universities

Accelerator Program
  • Program Type
    Accelerator Program
  • Industry Focus
    See Technical Verticals
  • Submission Deadline
    November 24, 2021
  • Program Duration
    10 Weeks (Cohort 1: 2/14/22-4/19/22 or Cohort 2: 5/16/22-7/29/22)
  • Location or Virtual
  • Eligibilty Requirements (Y/N)

NSIN is establishing a new pilot called Emerge Accelerator within its Acceleration Portfolio. Emerge seeks to establish T3 partnerships with universities to spin out new dual-use ventures (one that targets both government and commercial (enterprise and/or consumer) customers.), based on existing university intellectual property, that correspond to the DoD’s urgent and critical areas of technology development.

Pilot Program Overiew

Emerge is based on the foundational principle that universities do not need to create new programs or resources to participate, and its funding is intended to support university-based technology teams in accelerated technology development, and venture formation, for the purposes of commercial and DoD applications. The pilot is designed to leverage the existing programs, infrastructure, and venture resources at strategic partner universities that most closely align with DoD technology focus areas and mission priorities.

Additional Information

In-Depth Tech Analysis to Increase the Likelihood of Successful Dual-Use Investments

Universities will be provided a quantitative analysis and network map that can be used to increase the alignment of potential projects against existing and emerging capability gaps and increase the likelihood of successful dual-use investments.
By aligning with the proposed technology verticals of interest, we will provide quantitative analysis in support evaluation and down-selection of proposed universities’ technologies by mapping the IP against relevant ML-identified networks. This would increase the alignment of potential projects against DoD’s existing and emerging capability gaps and could also increase the likelihood of successful dual-use investments by also assessing commercial applicability as well.

Tech Analysis Process

    1. Strategic Priorities: What must be accomplished using the most cutting edge new technologies?
    2. Technical Breakthroughs Enabling New Concepts: What are the operational concepts and R&D priorities areas that will benefit from integrating emerging technologies?
    3. Identify & Assess Emerging Technologies: Proprietary ML method for modeling tech emergences, hidden linkages and adjacent possible applications.
    4. Forecasting Technology Associations: Identifying relevant linkages for 4 accelerated R&D efforts.
    5. Integration of Emerging & Forecasted Technology into Strategic Priorities: Data-driven Innovation supporting 5 strategic priorities.

$15K in Non-Dilutive Funding

Each team selected will receive $15K of non-dilutive seed funding.

10-Week Government Go-to-Market Accelerator

Each team selected will receive admission into an up to 10-week long accelerator focusing on federal government go-to-market, starting in either a February (Spring) or May (Summer) cohort. During this accelerator and following, teams will have multiple opportunities to engage with DoD stakeholders for the purposes of customer discovery, and eventually, testing their prototype in a relevant environment.

Access to Investment Network and Commercialization Partners

Teams will gain access to a large network of venture investmesnt and early-stage commercialization partners, staffing and Government contracting advisory assistance, and continued access to NSIN as alumni.

Technology Vertical Areas

  • Energy Technologies (e.g., clean, sustainable, high-yield, nuclear)
  • Advanced Engineering Materials (e.g., bio-inspired, nanotech)
  • Semiconductors and Microelectronics
  • Advanced Computing (e.g., high-performance, quantum, simulation)
  • Applied AI/ML (e.g., big data analysis/situational awareness, predictive modeling, autonomy, robotics/drones)
  • Advanced Communications and Networking Technologies (e.g., IoT, 5G, RF, denied/hostile environments)
  • Biotechnologies (e.g., medical, bio-inspired)
  • Advanced Sensing (e.g., IoT, EW, denied/hostile environments)
  • Hypersonics
  • Space Technologies
  • Future Phases

    Check out an overview of each competition phase below - complete rules for each phase will be released as the competition progresses.