The NSIN National Security Academic Accelerator (NSA2) pilot connects U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) customers (e.g., operational units, defense laboratories, etc.) with long horizon technology missions to the deep technology and talent residing at Washington University. Over an academic year, participating university partners throughout the NSIN Network identify technology and teams working in areas of interest to the DoD and accelerate the development of new dual-use (i.e., applicable to the commercial and DoD market) ventures using extant entrepreneurial educational and accelerator programs.

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NSA2 breaks down the barriers between the Department of Defense and academia that prevent the most innovative technologies reaching the places and people where they can have the greatest impact.

Morgan Plummer, NSIN Managing Director

NSA2 at WashU

Washington University, working in partnership with NSIN, will identify technology and teams that are developing solutions relevant to the needs of DoD technology vertical customers participating in the pilot. With the support of existing institutional entrepreneurship programs and resources, NSA2 teams will accelerate technology from TRL 4 to TRL 6+ and form new dual-use ventures that spin out University technologies.

NSA2 Pilot 2021 Customers and Technology Verticals

CustomersTechnology Verticals
Air Force Research Laboratory – Rome, NYFoundational artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning
Defense Health AgencyDefense health and biomedical research
Naval Surface Warfare Center – Crane DivisionQuantum Information Systems
Air Force Research Laboratory – RVRobotics and Space Vehicles


This is program is open to international students and US citizens. This is a graduate level course, but undergraduate students eager to participate are also encourage to apply.

Contact Jake Laktas

DIA at WashU is made possible through a partnership with the National Security Innovation Network, a program office within the Department of Defense. The NSIN DIA program is powered by FedTech. For more information about NSIN at WashU, contact Jake Laktas.