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Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, IHEs, and Agencies to Provide Support to Assault Victim Service Programs

The National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative: Training and Technical Assistance Program


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
CFDA Number: 16.833
Funding or PIN Number: O-BJA-2023-171749
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/05/23 8:59 PM ET - deadline; 06/12/23 8:59 PM ET - JustGrants deadline Save

Grant Description
Cooperative agreements to USA nonprofits, for-profits, IHEs, local and state governments, and faith-based and community organizations to provide support and training to programs that improve services to victims of assault. Required registrations must be completed prior to applying.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) seeks applications for funding two providers to address the training and technical assistance (TTA) needs of the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) site-based grantees and to provide resources to current SAKI sites across the country working Jane and John Doe sexually motivated homicide cases. This program furthers the DOJ’s mission 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 sexual assault kits and crime scene evidence.

The overall goal of the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative TTA Program is to build state and local capacities to address violent crime associated with unsubmitted SAKs, sexually motivated homicides, and corresponding crime scene evidence by supporting the needs of SAKI sites and, as resources allow, other jurisdictions engaged in community-based sexual assault reform.

Given the complexity and diversity of the tasks, applicants are strongly encouraged to partner with other relevant providers in developing the application. The TTA services should include, but are not limited to:

  • Training and educational sessions developed and conducted by relevant subject matter experts
  • Technical assistance on SAK-related issues, including inventorying, testing, and tracking SAKs
  • On-site and remote assistance, including training related to investigation and prosecution of sexually motivated crimes as well as other violent crime cold cases
  • Creation and reporting of performance metrics
  • TTA related to the collection of lawfully owed DNA
  • Supporting the SAKI sites to engage in multidisciplinary coordination, investigation, prosecution, and victim advocacy, engagement, and support in connection with evidence and cases resulting from the testing of unsubmitted SAKs and backlogs of violent crime cold cases

Additionally, BJA seeks providers that will lend additional forensic support to the existing SAKI sites in their efforts to identify and resolve Jane and John Doe sexually motivated homicides.

Purpose Area 1—the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Training and Technical Assistance (SAKI TTA) program 

The purpose of this solicitation purpose area is to continue providing excellent training and technical assistance to SAKI site-based grantees, thereby increasing both public safety by preventing future crimes and providing long-awaited answers for survivors and/or their families. The chosen TTA provider will also be asked to build on the previous expansion into other violent crime cold cases, in order to support the newly developed Purpose Area 6 for SAKI site-based grants. 

Purpose Area 2—the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Forensic DNA Services Technical Assistance program

While the identification of Jane and John Doe victims is normally a service the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) contractually provides via the National Missing and Unidentified Persons Systems (NamUs), the waitlist for NamUs forensic DNA services is several years long. To address this critical gap, BJA solicits applications for a national TTA provider to deliver forensic DNA services to SAKI site-based grantees working with Jane and John Doe sexually motivated homicide victims, specifically to provide CODIS eligible DNA testing and uploads and for Forensic Genetic Genealogy (FGG) services for Jane and John Doe sexually motivated homicide victims. Note that the chosen TTA provider will be required to work with BJA and NIJ’s NamUs to create case acceptance procedures to promote transparency and to deconflict cases with NIJ so there is no overlap in the services offered to the community.

For information about goals, objectives, and deliverables, see:


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Purpose Area 1: Eligible applicants are for-profit organizations, nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit or for-profit organizations), faith-based and community organizations, institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), and consortiums with demonstrated experience providing national and local-level training and technical assistance. All recipients and their subrecipients (including any for-profit organizations) must forgo any profit or management fee.

Purpose Area 2: Eligible applicants are states (including territories), units of local government (including federally recognized Indian tribal governments as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit or for-profit organizations), and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education). For-profit organizations must agree to forgo any profit or management fee.

Foreign governments, foreign organizations, and foreign institutions of higher education are not eligible to apply.

Pre-Application Information
Solicitation Release Date: April 26, 2023 4:00 PM ET
Step 1: Application Deadline: June 05, 2023 8:59 PM ET
Step 2: Application JustGrants Deadline: June 12, 2023 8:59 PM ET

Submission Information

Registration: Before submitting an application, all applicants must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). You must renew and validate your registration every 12 months. If you do not renew your SAM registration, it will expire. An expired registration can delay or prevent application submission in and JustGrants. Registration and renewal can take up to 10 business days to complete.

Submission: Applications must be submitted to DOJ electronically through a two-step process via and JustGrants.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
C-BJA-2023-00089-PROD: 1; C-BJA-2023-00090-PROD: 1

Estimated Size of Grant
Anticipated Maximum Dollar Amount of Awards
- C-BJA-2023-00089-PROD: Approximately $3,000,000
- C-BJA-2023-00090-PROD: Approximately $4,000,000

Term of Contract
- Performance Start Date: 10/1/23
- Performance Duration (Months): 36

Contact Information
The applicant must submit the full application, including attachments, in JustGrants at by the JustGrants application deadline.

For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, contact the OJP Response Center at 800-851-3420, 301-240-6310 (TTY for hearing-impaired callers only), or

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