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National Security Academic Accelerator (NSA2)

National Security Academic Accelerator (NSA2)

NSA2 is a partnership with the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN), that provides training, coaching, and financial support in order to accelerate ASU-led technology and solutions into startups that have commercial application and address national security needs. Over the coming months, participating teams will engage with the Department of Defense (DoD), as well as with companies dedicated to technology transfer and business development professionals.

* Please note: the application for this round of NSA2 is now closed. If you are interested in participating in future rounds or hearing more about DoD opportunities, please contact the program team

Why should you join the National Security Academic Accelerator (NSA2)?

Our objective is to support turning ASU-led technology and solutions into startups. We connect you directly to ASU resources, potential DoD customers, and companies who are dedicated to accelerating technology transfer. If you have a technology or a solution at any stage of development that has both commercial potential and national security applications, this program is for you.

What are the program benefits?

  • access to ASU’s entrepreneurship engine that will help accelerate your venture towards commercialization
  • venture development training and mentoring
  • direct interactions with and feedback from potential DoD customers
  • coaching and training with the goal of securing government funding (e.g. SBIR and STTI)
  • program funding to support your participation in the NSA2 (e.g. materials, student work, travel).

Who should apply?

ASU faculty, researchers, or students.

Individual or teams with minimum viable products (MVPs) or prototyped technology that directly applies to one of the areas of interest. We are particularly looking for technologies with a minimum of a technology readiness level (TRL) 2, however, you are still welcome to apply or reach out if your solution is not TRL2 or you are uncertain

Entrepreneurs and business development experts interested in working with technology experts to develop a viable venture.

Applicants must be interested in commercializing developed technology, creating a startup, and continuing on with their venture post-program completion.

* Please note: the application for this round of NSA2 is now closed. If you are interested in participating in future rounds or hearing more about DoD opportunities, please contact the program team