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Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI)

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Forensic Science Programs

In fiscal year 2020, several funding programs moved from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to BJA. They are:

SAKI Solicitation Released

BJA is seeking applications for funding through the FY 2020 National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI).

FY 2020 National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI)

Closing Date
This program addresses the issue and impact of unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs) at law enforcement agencies by improving: (1) state and local jurisdictions’ capacities to respond to violent crime and (2) 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.

Innovations Suite

BJA’s "Innovations Suite" of programs re-examines every aspect of the criminal justice system to identify what is working in the field to reduce crime and recidivism and make our communities safer.

More than $376 Million in Awards to Promote Public Safety Announced

The Office of Justice Programs has awarded more than $376 million in grant funding to enhance state, local and tribal law enforcement operations and reinforce public safety efforts in jurisdictions across the United States. Several BJA programs are included in the announcement, including more than $252 million in Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program funding awards, $40 million in Sexual Assault Kit Initiative funding awards, and more.