OVC FY 2016 Using Telemedicine Technology to Enhance Access to Sexual Assault Forensic Exams

Funding Agency:
Department of Justice

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is seeking applications to develop or enhance statewide telemedicine programs to deliver expert Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) guidance and support to medical professionals conducting sexual assault forensic exams in state correctional facilities, institutions of higher education, and rural and tribal health centers. This program furthers the Department’s mission by providing 24-hour live access to expert SANEs who will use cuttingedge audiovisual technology to walk a health care provider through a forensic medical examination. This project is authorized by 42 U.S.C. § 14136a.

Only one application per lead applicant will be considered; however, a subrecipient may be part of multiple proposals.

  • Duke Internal Deadline: July 7, 2016
  • Sponsor Deadline: July 28, 2016

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

Purpose Area 1: Demonstration Project Competition ID: OVC-2016-9384: This solicitation will fund one organization to develop or enhance access, within their state, to sexual assault forensic exams for adult and adolescent victims of sexual assault using telemedicine technology in underserved communities such as (but not limited to)— • correctional facilities, including juvenile detention facilities, • college or university campus health centers, • rural areas, • tribal areas, and • victim service centers with co-located medical forensic services. 

Purpose Area 2: Technical Assistance Provider Competition ID: OVC-2016-9385: This solicitation will be used to select one technical assistance (TA) provider to support the demonstration site to include— • delivering comprehensive information and technical assistance to support the demonstrations site to enhance efforts to serve victims and survivors, including subject matter expertise, training telemedicine professionals, development of victim-centered telemedicine policies and procedures and/or standard operating procedures, development of an advocacy plan, and peer-to-peer learning exchanges; and • delivering education and training to the demonstration site telemedicine professionals to establish basic competency and patient care with telemedicine services.

Eligibility Requirements

Purpose Area 1: Eligible applicants for the demonstration project are nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations); institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education); states and units of local government; federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior); sexual assault examination programs; medical institutions and/or practitioners involved in treating victims of sexual assault; and victim service providers involved in treating victims of sexual assault. For additional information, see Section C. Eligibility Information.

Purpose Area 2: Eligible applicants to provide training and technical assistance to support the demonstration site(s) are nonprofit and for-profit organizations; institutions of higher education; states and units of local government; sexual assault examination programs; and medical institutions and/or practitioners involved in treating victims of sexual assault. For additional information, see Section C. Eligibility Information. 



Amount Description

OVC estimates that it will make one award of up to $1.2 million under this solicitation to support the demonstration project and one award of up to $300,000 to support the TA project. All awards will be for a 12–18 month project period, beginning on October 1, 2016, with the possibility of funding for an additional 18-month implementation phase. 

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Curriculum Development
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

* A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
* Project summary - 2 to 4 pages
* CV or Biosketch of project leader

Applicants will need to submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. https://www.grantinterface.com/Common/LogOn.aspx?eqs=ApVvmgXCk2Uj7AzWyDEJKQ2

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: https://ors.duke.edu/sites/default/files/Applicant Instructions_FINAL.pdf

Internal Deadline

July 6, 2016

External Deadline

July 28, 2016