DOJ: Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence-Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting Program (SAFE-ITR)
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) seeks applications from eligible States and units of local government that will inventory, track, and report the status of sexual assault kits (SAKs). As an integral part of these activities, applicants are also expected to identify and prioritize (for testing) SAKs for which prosecution of a perpetrator is soon to be barred by the expiration of an applicable statute(s) of limitations.
The SAFE-ITR program will help defray costs associated with the following three tasks:
- 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.
Funds may be requested for all three tasks, or, if an inventory has already been completed, for Tasks 2 and 3 only. For applicants funded under this program, upon completion of the inventory, whether completed using the federal grant funds from this program or other applicant funding sources, the applicant must submit a certification of inventory completion to NIJ.
Amount: NIJ expects to make awards of up to $1,000,000 with an estimated total amount of up to $5,500,000. NIJ expects to make awards for a period of performance of up to 36 months, to begin on January 1, 2019.
Eligibility: Eligible applicants are States and units of local government 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).
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