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This information session*, hosted by NIJ and facilitated by the Government Innovators Network, was designed to help potential applicants learn more about this research solicitation, including the “action-research” model through which NIJ hopes to develop innovative practices that other jurisdictions can use.

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has launched a major solicitation to identify solutions to the nationwide problem of untested evidence in sexual assault cases.

Announced October 27, the solicitation seeks to increase our understanding of why so many sexual assault kits (SAKs) are not forwarded from police evidence rooms to crime labs for DNA testing and to develop innovative approaches to solve the problem. (Applications were due January 17, 2011; visit the NIJ website for more details).

*Note to our audience: We invite anyone who is curious about this project to view this recorded Webinar, but please be aware that our main purpose was to provide assistance to potential applicants. This event was not intended to educate on the topic of untested sexual assault evidence generally. Thus we did not address topical questions except as they related to this specific research solicitation.

Solicitation Resources:

Solicitation: Strategic Approaches to Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Evidence: An Action Research Project. Application deadline: November 17, 2010.

Of Topical Interest

Learn about the rape kit backlog project

NIJ topic page on backlogs

Special NIJ report on backlogs

Video of the White House announcement about domestic violence (includes mention of the SAK solicitation)


  • Kristina Rose (moderator), Deputy Director of NIJ
  • Katharine Browning, PhD, Senior Social Science Analyst, NIJ Crime Control Prevention Division
  • Mike Sheppo, Director, NIJ Office of Investigative and Forensic Sciences
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