NIJ FY2017 Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence – Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting Program (SAFE-ITR)

NIJ National Institute of JusticeForensics grant up to $3,600,000

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Grant Deadline: Apr. 28, 2017

Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting for Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence-Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting (SAFE-ITR) program. The program will fund States, units of local government, and tribal governments to implement an evidence management program to inventory, track, and report untested and unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs).

From the time an evidence SAK is collected to the time it leaves the laboratory and the case receives final disposition in court, the status and location of the SAK will be known. This program furthers the Department’s mission to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior, and to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

What this grant does for your agency

This SAFE-ITR program will help defray costs associated with the following three tasks, defined for purposes of this program as set out immediately below:

  • Task 1: Inventory. The term “inventory” refers to a detailed and descriptive list of articles or items (for purposes of this solicitation, SAKs) containing information such as, but not limited to: item identifiers, quantity, and location of the item.
  • Task 2: Tracking. The term “tracking” refers to the monitoring and accounting of SAKs through the course, or path, of their movement from collection through final disposition.
  • Task 3: Reporting. The term “reporting” refers to the task of delivering a written report to the appropriate entity within the prescribed time period and with the applicable data provided.

Agencies awarded the NIJ FY2017 Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence – Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting Program (SAFE-ITR) receive an award in the form of a cooperative agreement.

Total funding for this solicitation and the number of awards made will depend on the availability of funds, the quality of the applications, and other pertinent factors. Applicants should propose a performance period of no longer than 36 months beginning January 1, 2018.

Estimated Total Program Funding: $3,600,000, and the estimated Award Ceiling is $3,600,000. Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • State governments
  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Eligible applicants are States, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior) that collect, store, maintain, and/or send forensic DNA evidence to an existing and accredited crime laboratory that complies with the DNA Quality Assurance Standards and participates in the National DNA Index System (NDIS).

About the National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

NIJ—the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice—is dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science. NIJ provides objective an​d independent knowledge and tools to inform the decision-making of the criminal justice community to reduce crime and advance justice, particularly at the state and local levels. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, Fri., Apr. 28, 2017.


Funding Opportunity Number: NIJ-2017-11605. Apply for the NIJ FY2017 Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence – Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting Program (SAFE-ITR)