NSIN, in partnership with Newlab and Decisive Point, has launched NSIN Propel, a program designed to enable the development of next-generation applications of emerging dual-use technology for government and defense.

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:

  • Smart Cities / Urban Tech
  • Mobility
  • Industrial Automation & Manufacturing
  • Logistics & Supply Chain Management


Investment & Exposure

  • Total grant funding pool up to $200K for participating companies to support prototyping and pilot development; no equity taken
  • Access to Newlab and Decisive Point’s investor network
  • Exposure to additional federal and corporate partners and programs

Build & Pilot

  • Work with Newlab, Decisive Point and AFRL to scale your product and business in-line with established federal procurement opportunities
  • Bespoke defense curriculum to support customer discovery, uncover technology requirements, meet compliance requirements, and move forward in acquisitions
  • Access to $5M in on-site prototyping resources and product realization team; 84,000 sq ft industrial work space, private 5G network and compute testbed infrastructure in the 300-acre Brooklyn Navy Yard

Community & Space

  • Access to the Newlab flagship location and peer community of 170+ companies scaling transformative technology
  • Engage leading industry, venture, and academic experts through curated roundtables and meetings

Apply Now

The application period for the 2021 NSIN Propel cohort is now closed.

Key Dates

28 APR 2021: Open Call Info Sessions

13 MAY 2021: Open Call Info Sessions

END OF MAY 2021: Finalists Notified

SEPT 2021: Demo Day

SEPT 2021 – FEB 2022: Follow-on Support

Areas of Focus


  • Leveraging sensing capabilities to augment the operational picture, increase situational awareness, inform planning and decision-making. Smart cities applications and technologies built specifically for urban environments are of high interest.


  • New mechanisms to establish reliable, fast, secure connectivity in dense urban environments and enable intelligence at the edge. Advances in 5G and applications in industrial automation and manufacturing are relevant.

Autonomous Systems

  • Automating dangerous or repetitive tasks, augmenting, and extending human capability, enabling surrogate swarm operations, and anomaly detection. Developing user trust with explainability of autonomous decision making, and designing human-in-the-loop systems and related interfaces.

Data Fusion & Analytics

  • The above categories may include both hardware and software technologies. Underlying the topics will be a focus on data fusion and analytics to automate, train and customize systems that support, inform and enable human operators and decision makers.