National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Competitive Grant

BJA

Reduce SAK backlogs, solve more sexual assaults & reduce violent crime

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CFDA Number(s): 16.833 — National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative

Funding Opportunity Number: BJA-2019-15228

Grant Deadline: Apr. 9, 2019

Address the issue and impact of unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs)

This National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Competitive Grant program supports the Department of Justice’s mission by improving state and local jurisdictions’ capacities to respond to violent crime; and the functioning of the criminal justice system through the investigation and prosecution of cases resulting from SAK evidence and the collection of lawfully owed DNA.

What this grant does for your agency

This National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Competitive Grant program supports the Department of Justice’s mission by improving state and local jurisdictions’ capacities to respond to violent crime; and the functioning of the criminal justice system through the investigation and prosecution of cases resulting from SAK evidence and the collection of lawfully owed DNA.

What this grant does for your agency

SAKI supports the Department’s criminal justice priorities of reducing violent crime and
supporting law enforcement officers and prosecutors by:

(1) providing jurisdictions with resources to address sexual assault kits (SAKs) in their custody that have not been submitted to a forensic laboratory for testing by Combined DNA Index System (CODIS)-eligible DNA methodologies;
(2) improving investigation and prosecution in connection with evidence and cases resulting from the testing process; and
(3) providing sites with resources to collect DNA samples from qualifying individuals who should have a sample in CODIS (based on the type and time of the offense in relation to applicable state law), but from whom a sample has never been collected or submitted to a laboratory for testing.

As part of this work, BJA will provide investigators with assistance in how to more effectively question subjects, which could provide stronger investigative leads and build stronger prosecutions, which in turn could help solve more crimes.

In addition to unsubmitted SAKs, SAKI addresses partially tested SAKs, as defined below. This program is not directed at untested kits that have been submitted to forensic labs for testing with CODIS-eligible DNA methodologies but are delayed for testing for longer than 30 days, for example, as a result of a laboratory backlog. A separate program addresses laboratory backlogs and capacity.

Agencies awarded the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Competitive Grant receive funds to help them clear SAK backlogs.

Estimated Total Program Funding: $40,000,000

Award Ceiling: $2,500,000

Award Floor: $500,000

Expected Number of Awards: 28

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

Eligible applicants for Purpose Areas 1, 2, 3, and 4 are state law enforcement agencies, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), as well as governmental non-law enforcement agencies acting as their fiscal agents, and prosecutor’s offices.

For Purpose Area 2, eligible applicants are limited to small law enforcement agencies with
fewer than 250 sworn officers or consortia of small law enforcement agencies, including tribal law enforcement agencies.

An applicant who previously received an award under the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) is eligible to apply for funding under all purpose areas included in this solicitation.

About the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

BJA helps to make American communities safer by strengthening the nation’s criminal justice system: Its grants, training and technical assistance, and policy development services provide state, local, and tribal governments with the cutting edge tools and best practices they need to reduce violent and drug-related crime, support law enforcement, and combat victimization. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, Tues., Apr. 9, 2019.

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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.

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