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.

The NSIN Propel Hawaii accelerator is a collaboration with the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet—the world’s largest fleet command encompassing 100 million square miles. The program aims to recruit companies with technology solutions for adaptation to address the modernization needs of the U.S. Navy and broader DoD community. The cohort of early-stage ventures will deliver cutting-edge capabilities that enable the U.S. Navy and its partners to operate as a ready, capable, and combat-credible force in the Pacific region.

The cohort will directly engage with DoD end-users to better understand real-world challenges, build a foundation for doing business with the DoD, and work closely with the accelerator team to design pilots around the national security applications of their technology. Selected companies will also gain access to a robust network of private investors and commercial partners.

Key Dates

  • Nov. 9, 2022: Open Call

  • Nov. 30, 2022: Information Sessions

  • Jan. 6, 2023: Applications Due

  • Feb. 15 - May 31, 2023: Startups in Program

  • May 25, 2023: Demo Day

Watch the Information Session | Nov. 30, 2022

Are you interested in this opportunity? Watch the recording of the NSIN Propel Hawaii Information Session, which was held on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Who Should Apply?

U.S.-based early-stage ventures seeking an opportunity to expand into the federal market based on technologies developed for commercial applications. Companies that have solutions with the following attributes are highly encouraged to apply:

  • Leverage 5G infrastructure
  • Operate with minimized signature, smaller SWAPs and defeat detection by threats
  • Make sense of publicly available information from multiple sources to deliver time-critical insights
  • Maneuver autonomously to extend communications range or enable operations from a safe distance
  • Detect objects or map terrain utilizing novel AI/ML on the edge
  • Improve collaboration and operations with allies and partners
  • Enable operations in austere environments through portability, edge processing, and power
  • Integrate mission assurance or cybersecurity

Areas of Focus

Networks and Connectivity

  • Technologies establishing secure, agile, and resilient communications which can include hardware, software or novel network protocols. Desired technologies may include secure and smart networking routing or leverage multi-earth orbit satellites for beyond line of sight communications, 5G, and edge processing.

Autonomous Systems

  • Inexpensive decoys, buoys or wave gliders that support interchangeable sensors, operate stealthily, or increase sensing resilience and coverage for a distributed fleet.

Contested Logistics

  • Solutions fostering improved decision support, reduce risk to forward-deployed forces and improve readiness. Relevant solutions may include technologies that aggregate large amounts of data to enable predictive or real-time analysis, scheduling, and shared situational awareness.

Disaster Response

  • Solutions enabling rapid response to crisis events in all environments especially when communications and traditional power sources are unavailable. Technologies should also facilitate response operations with allies and partners.

Apply Now

The application period for this opportunity is now closed.


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 4022 and Research 10 USC 4021, Prizes for advanced technology achievements 10 USC 4025, and/or Prize Competitions 15 USC 3719. If a prototype OTA is awarded and considered successfully completed, follow-on production may be pursued in accordance with 10 USC 4022(f). The public open call announcement made at, website is considered to satisfy the reasonable effort to obtain competition in accordance with 10 USC 4025(b), 15 USC 3719(e) and 10 USC 4022(b)(2). Any FAR-based actions will follow announcement procedures per FAR 5.201(b) accordingly actions will follow announcement procedures per FAR 5.201(b) accordingly.