Developing Improved Means to Collect Digital Evidence

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) recently announced that it is seeking proposals for funding to conduct research and technology development leading to the introduction into practice of new and innovative tools for the collection of digital evidence.


Specifically, the NIJ solicitation calls for tools that can be used to:

  • Process large-scale computer networks for digital evidence in a forensically sound manner that preserves the probative value of the evidence that the computer network may contain;
  • Process mobile devices voluntarily surrendered to law enforcement by witnesses or victims of an alleged crime, which will discriminate between data that are germane to that crime and data that are not, and which will only collect data that are germane; or
  • Automatically detect children in pornographic videos of varying quality.

The deadline for applications under this funding opportunity is April 14.

You can download the solicitation here.

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