Body Armor Research and Development Projects
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Research and Development Grants
In recent years, NIJ has funded numerous research and development projects (see table below) to improve the body armor that protects our nation's public safety officers.
Body Armor Challenge: How Long Does Body Armor Really Last?
In FY 2012, NIJ took an innovative approach to developing a solution to a major body armor safety concern: Determining when an officer's vest needs to be replaced. Typically, replacement cycles are defined by the manufacturer's warranty. However, the integrity of a vest may vary because of differences in wear and tear, exposure to weather and other factors. NIJ seeks a method that can test the integrity of an individual officer's body armor without making the vest unfit for use.
NIJ issued a two-phase Body Armor technology Challenge on Challenge.gov, an online platform where the U.S. government and the public can bring the best ideas and top talent to bear on our nation's most pressing challenges. This was the first Challenge of any kind issued by the Department of Justice.
The goal of the Body Armor Challenge is to empower end users who depend on this critical safety equipment to make informed decisions based on solid scientific evidence regarding the ballistic performance of the soft body armor they use.
Learn more about the Body Armor Challenge.
Date Modified: July 17, 2013