As part of a collaborative effort with and funding from the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing,  Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART), the National Institute of Justice  (NIJ) seeks creative and innovative proposals for research that examines how information  sharing, a key function of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification (SORNA) Act, may  have evolved since its implementation.

Specifically, NIJ is interested in assessing how  information sharing has changed how criminal justice agents, for example, law enforcement,  public safety administrators, correctional administrators, and prosecutors, track, monitor, and  prosecute offenders; what types of information are collected and shared; how the public  accesses and uses information about sex offenders in their community; and the cost of inter- and intra-jurisdictional information sharing. This research will further the SMART Office’s  mission to monitor the impact of SORNA and NIJ’s goal of partnering with federal agencies to  improve knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science.

The  deadline to apply for funding under this announcement is 11:59 p.m. eastern time on July 7,

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