Thank you for your interest in the 2018 National Security Innovation Summit (NSIS), which provided innovators the opportunity to present and showcase their technology; it connected innovators with funders and support networks to accelerate technology commercialization.  This event has now concluded.

National Security Innovation Summit

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Scouts from the Department of Defense hope to find innovative solutions to immediate needs. They also seek a broader range of innovations that will resolve operational challenges or save costs.  If you think that DoD only buys tanks and planes, you’re missing a huge opportunity.  DoD is looking for innovative solutions in several fields, from medical (force protection and health), to power & energy (water purification, power distribution, alternative energy), to information technology (threat sharing, communications, cyber defense), to sensors and radar (IED detection, surveillance systems, interoperability).

The plenary event on July 17 will take place at the beautiful Botanical Garden in Huntsville, Alabama. Then, for the rest of the week, 80 rapid-fire solution briefs will take place before combatant command science advisors, combat developers, research scientists, and other federal “tech scouts.”

The 2018 National Security Innovation Summit (NSIS) will build upon a number of previous Small Business Administration (SBA) and Department of Defense (DOD) tech discovery activities in recent years. Since 2014, SBA and DOD collaborative events occurred in Brooklyn, Huntsville, and Wichita. The 2018 NSIS expands the tech discovery invitation to the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

With the Army’s Redstone Arsenal and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center at the center of its high-tech ecosystem, Huntsville possesses a plethora of small businesses and innovators. 2018 NSIS activities will leverage a half-dozen local non-profit organizations—Cyber Huntsville, Energy Huntsville, GEOHuntsville, BioAlabama, the HSV SOF Network, and the Huntsville. The Alabama Small Business Development Network, Alabama PTAC, and the emerging University of Alabama Huntsville’s Invention to Innovation Center are also playing leading roles.


Invited technology “scouts” include science advisors, field representatives, individuals in program and project offices, and laboratory personnel from a number of organizations.  These include the Department of Defense (DoD) combatant commands (CCMDs); DoD labs and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs); the Army Rapid Equipping Force (REF); and the Army Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO); the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx); the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA); and the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization (JIDO).  Additionally, the 2018 NSIS has expanded invitations to other federal stakeholders who possess a compelling interest in emerging technologies, including the Department of Homeland Security and its sub organizations, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is currently anticipated that more than two dozen tech scouts will participate in the 2018 NSIS.


A 15-minute technical session to propose a solution to tech scouts


  • Proposed solution must be a PRODUCT, not a service (or study), and responsive to a national security need
  • Opportunity needs: Download the CCMD Common Needs PDF
  • Applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis (late submissions will not be accepted)
  • Applications will be screened; a submission do not guarantee an opportunity to present
  • Additional poster board opportunities will augment technical sessions
  • Selection/non-selection notification will occur by email; contacts below can provide additional info
  • Applicants are responsible for the integrity of intellectual property and competition sensitive info


  1. Complete the cover page (one page), sign the acknowledgment, convert to a 1-page, PDF document
  2. Complete the quad chart (one page) document and save in PDF format
  3. Complete the information paper (one page) document and save in PDF format
  4. Send all three PDF documents as attachments by email to all three contacts below
  5. Limit: two submissions (one product in each) per business/innovator; all three PDF documents for each


Terry Griffin,, (256) 975-1285

Dr. Glenn Priddy,

Dr. Russ Alexander,, (256) 755-7132

NSIS: National Security Innovation Summit May 1, 2018