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).


  • Pre-Series A or early-stage ventures that want to explore or have started exploring opportunities to do business with the DoD.
  • Early-stage ventures work with subject matter experts from NSIN and other government organizations.
  • DoD funded, so there are no fees or equity commitments for participation.

About Vector

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.

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.


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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Questions about Vector?

Please direct any questions to vector@nsin.mil.