NSIN Vector seeks to identify and assist the next generation of dual-use ventures as they develop solutions supporting the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).


Vector gives participating teams the tools to pursue business opportunities with the government and develop their early-stage ventures. The program welcomes companies that started in the commercial market and are interested in exploring the DoD market and companies that began in the DoD market and are seeking to grow.

The 2024 iteration of NSIN Vector will accept applications from companies based in all 50 states, and will leverage the Defense Innovation OnRamp Hubs to help teams connect to the defense innovation ecosystem.

Areas of Focus

Companies selected for the 2024 NSIN Vector cohort will have technologies to address advanced sensing, data sharing, command and control, resilient position navigation and timing, and contested communications.

Key Dates

*Subject to change

  • April 5, 2024: Application period begins
  • April 17, 2024 at 4pm-5pm ET: “Ask Me Anything” Session for Participants
  • May 10, 2024: Application due date and down-select begins
  • May 27, 2024: Participant selection announcement
  • Week of Jun. 3, 2024: Accelerator start
  • Week of Aug. 12, 2024: Showcase Event and Winner Announcements

Who Should Apply?

Early-stage ventures starting within the commercial market and interested in exploring DoD market opportunities or startups beginning in the DoD market and seeking to grow.

Apply Now

Please visit the NSIN Vector Accelerator Program Event Page for more information.

Questions about Vector?

Please direct any questions to vector@nsin.mil.

About National Security Innovation Network

NSIN is a program office in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), nested within the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). We are set up to collaborate with a wide variety of innovators to include universities, researchers, students, entrepreneurs and start-ups. We create opportunities for collaboration across communities and connect those that might not traditionally work in national security. Together, we help drive national security innovation and develop technologies that directly support the individuals responsible for protecting our country.

For more information or interview requests with Team NSIN, please contact us at media@nsin.mil.