U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
06/04/19 11:59 PM ET
Grants to USA and territories government agencies to enhance the timeliness and quality of medical examiner and forensic science services. Funding is intended to provide state and local government agencies with the tools they need to meet the challenges of crime and justice.
With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals for competitive funding under the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program (the Coverdell program), which awards grants to States and units of local government to help improve forensic science and medical examiner/coroner services. Among other things, funds may be used to eliminate a backlog in the analysis of forensic evidence and to train and employ forensic laboratory personnel and medicolegal death investigators, as needed, to eliminate such a backlog.
The goal of this program is to improve forensic science and medical examiner/coroner services, including services provided by laboratories operated by States and units of local government.
Important Note: The alarming proliferation of heroin and synthetic opioids like fentanyl have had a crushing effect on many crime laboratories. Synthetic opioids in particular may be more difficult to analyze than traditional opiates, and validating methods for new drugs as they emerge may significantly slow processing of these samples. Medical examiners and forensic pathologists have also been overwhelmed with the volume of autopsies as a result of heroin and synthetic drug-related overdose deaths. To address these issues, NIJ plans to allocate approximately 57 percent of available funds to specifically target the challenges the opioid abuse crisis has brought to the forensic science community.
GrantWatch ID#: 178840
Award Ceiling: $250,000
NIJ expects to make awards for a 12-month period of performance, to begin on January 1, 2020. Applicants should be aware that the total period of an award, including one that receives a project period extension, ordinarily will not exceed three years.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline:
Phone: 800-518-4726 / 606-545-5035
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center:
TTY: 301-240-6310 (hearing impaired only)
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