NSIN Propel

NSIN Propel
Hawaii 2022

The National Security Innovation Network (NSIN), in partnership with Decisive Point, presents NSIN Propel Hawaii, enabling the development of next-generation applications of emerging dual-use technology for government and defense. As a center of gravity for the Department of Defense (DoD) innovation community in the Pacific region, the program supports early-stage ventures to develop the practical government acquisitions knowledge necessary for success in the federal market.

NSIN Propel is collaborating with the the U.S. Pacific Fleet—the world’s largest fleet command encompassing 100 million square miles —to recruit companies new to the defense sector with technology solutions that can be adapted to address the needs of both the U.S. Navy and the broader DoD community. The cohort of early-stage ventures engaged in the program will deliver safety, resiliency, and agility to National Security initiatives across the focus areas described below.

Who Should Apply? 

Early-stage ventures seeking an opportunity to expand into the federal market based on their technologies that have been developed for commercial applications. Specifically, companies working across sectors including but not limited to:

- Data collection and exploitation
- Sensors & Data Fusion
- Unmanned Systems
- Terrain Mapping and Analysis 
- Communications and network technologies 
- 5G network enabling technologies
- Deployable info/comms technologies
- Edge/Advanced Computing
- Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
- Cyber Defense
- Weapons/Target Pairing

Areas of focus

Satellite Communications
Advanced Computing
Technologies that leverage multi-earth orbit satellites for beyond line of sight communications, 5G, or edge processing. Relevant solutions may include edge processing, secure and smart network routing.
Systems that enable AI/ML at the edge. Solutions may include applied nanotechnology, reduction of compute cost and form factors, or integration of biomimicry or neuromorphic computing.
& Connectivity
Network protocols for reliable information sharing  on intermittent networks and optimization of network architectures. Technologies that establish agile and resilient communications which can include hardware, software or protocols solutions.
Disaster Response
Enabling technologies for resilient communications, logistics, and power that enable rapid response to crisis events in all environments. Relevant solutions may include technologies that enable predictive or real-time analysis, scheduling, and situational awareness.

NSIN Propel // New York

In partnership with the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN), Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), and Newlab, NSIN Propel - New York supports next-generation applications of emerging dual-use technology for communications, data analytics, and space. As a center of gravity for the defense innovation in New York City and the Mid-Atlantic, the program helps early-stage ventures develop practical acquisitions knowledge and capacity necessary for success in the federal market.

NSIN Propel // Hawaii

Our newest program, NSIN Propel - Hawaii is a collaboration between the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN), the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet (PACFLT), and the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation (HTDC).  The program focuses on advanced orbital communications systems, 5G connectivity, and disaster & humanitarian response, steering emerging technology companies towards solving challenges specific to the Pacific region.

Key dates

New program dates will be released soon.


NSIN Propel partners with U.S. government stakeholders and commercial industry. Learn how your organization can participate in the upcoming program.
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The National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) is a program of the U.S. Department of Defense that collaborates with major universities and the venture community to develop solutions that drive national security innovation. NSIN operates three portfolios of programs and services: National Service, Collaboration, and Acceleration. For more information, visit: nsin.mil
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Notice: This NSIN Propel public announcement is an open call to small businesses and non traditional defense contractors seeking innovative, commercial technologies proposed to create new DoD solutions or potential new capabilities fulfilling requirements, closing capability gaps, or providing potential technological advancements, technologies fueled by commercial or strategic investment, but also concept demonstrations, pilots, and agile development activities improving commercial technologies, existing Government-owned capabilities, or concepts for broad Defense application(s). As such, the Government reserves the right to award a contract or an Other Transaction for any purpose, to include a prototype or research, under this public announcement. The Federal Government is not responsible for any monies expended by the applicant before award and is under no obligation to pursue such Other Transactions. This NSIN Propel Open Call Announcement is considered to have potential for further efforts that may be accomplished via FAR-based contracting instruments, Other Transaction Authority (OTA) for Prototype Projects 10 USC 2371b and Research 10 USC 2371, Prizes for advanced technology achievements 10 USC 2374a, and/or Prize Competitions 15 USC 3719.  The public open call announcement made at https://www.newlab.com/studios/nsin-propel,  https://www.nsin.mil/propel-2022/, and www.https://www.decisivepoint.com/accelerator website is considered to satisfy the reasonable effort to obtain competition in accordance with 10 USC 2374a (b), 15 USC 3719 (e) and 10 USC 2371b (b)(2). Any FAR-based actions will follow announcement procedures per FAR 5.201(b) accordingly.