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.
|Project Title||Grantee||Amount||Award Number|
Soft Armor Non-Destructive Evaluation Test Method: Vibration Energy SignatureTest (VEST)||Purdue University||$500,000||2014-MU-CX-K004|
Evaluating the Impact of the NIJ Body Armor Program||NORC||$399,884||2012-R2-CX-K008|
Characterization of Stab/Slash Wounds||Wayne State University||$175,111||2011-DE-BX-K002|
Characterization of Weapons used in Stab/Slash Attacks||Wayne State University||$134,110||2011-DE-BX-K003|
Re-creation of Body Armor Cases||Wayne State University||$199,680||2011-IJ-CX-K006|
Soft Armor Effects on Core Body Temperature||Wayne State University||$982,147||2011-IJ-CX-K053|
Decisionmaking Factors Influencing the Wearing of Body Armor: A National Study||NORC||$383,641||2011-IJ-CX-K056|
Design Optimization of Integrated Multi-Play Armors by a Computational Tool (DO-IMPACT)||Cornell University||$677,546||2007-DE-BX-K003|
Physical and Environmental Effects on the Performance of Body Armor||Police Executive Research Forum||$405,596||2009-SQ-B9-K112|
Investigation of the Effects of Increased Coverage Area for Soft Body Armor||Lawrence Technological University ||$399,655||2007-DE-BX-K011|
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 6, 2015