$1 Million in Prizes for Cyber Innovators

May 28, 2024

The Cyber Innovators Challenge is presented by the National Security Innovation Network. The NSIN is a branch of the U.S. Department of Defense. This problem-solving network examines the emerging needs of those who serve in the defense of U.S. national security. They coordinate innovators from defense, academic and entrepreneurial organizations to solve national security problems in new ways.

The NSIN, in partnership with Department of Defense University Consortium for Cybersecurity (UC2), is executing a prize challenge focused on advancing cybersecurity capabilities through innovative research initiatives. This event aims to identify individuals or teams, capable of developing cutting-edge solutions to address critical cyber threats and challenges faced by the DoD.

Submit proposals by June 21, 2024

A team of subject matter experts (SMEs) will evaluate applicants and select up to the top 15 students/teams (5 from each problem area) as finalists for participation in the virtual Pitch Day in July 2024. A total of $1 million in awards will be distributed among the top performers. The prize money is divided among the winning solutions for the following three “Problem Areas”.

Problem Areas:

  • Modeling and Predictive Analytics
  • Persona and Influence
  • Data and Permeability

Benefits of Participating:

  • $1 million in awards to the top performers
  • Exposure to leaders across multiple branches of the DoD
  • Potential for follow-on opportunities such as Other Transaction Agreements (OTAs), Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), and others


  • University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs)
  • University faculty, researchers and students at accredited institutions of higher education (U.S. citizenship required, 18 years of age or older)
  • Applicants may submit individually or as teams

Read more details here: https://nsin.mil/events/2024-07-21-cyber-innovators/ 

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