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Research and Development for Publicly Funded Forensic Science Laboratories to Assess the Testing and Processing of Physical Evidence

Grants to USA & Territories Municipalities, Agencies, Others
to Improve the Examination of Forensic Evidence

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

Deadline Date:

12/16/14 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories publicly funded State, local, municipal, County, and tribal forensic laboratories for projects that have the potential to improve the way physical evidence is examined in forensic laboratories. Funding will be provided for research, evaluation, and validation projects in order to determine the most efficient, accurate, reliable, and economical means of identifying, analyzing, and interpreting physical evidence for criminal justice needs.

Eligible projects have the following objectives:
(1) Inform the forensic community of best practices through the evaluation of existing laboratory protocols,
(2) Result in the production of a validated method(s) that may be replicated by other laboratories in the forensic community, and
(3) Have a direct and immediate impact on laboratory efficiency and assist in making laboratory policy decisions.

Some examples of practical laboratory scenarios that could be addressed by this solicitation:
• Evaluating the effectiveness of implementing a blind verification program.
• Comparing and evaluating the accuracy and validity of new testing protocols.
• Comparing and evaluating efficiency after implementing new testing protocols.
• Conducting a cost-benefit analysis as a systematic process for calculating and comparing the benefits and costs of a project, decision, or laboratory policy.
• Evaluating the effectiveness of various types of proficiency testing.

NIJ strongly encourages applicants to seek guidance from or partner with a statistician to ensure rigorous testing measures are employed. Areas that could benefit from a statistician include, but are not limited to, research design (e.g., experimental design, planning sample size or sampling designs, designing data collection methods), selection and application of appropriate statistical methods, how to use software to perform data analyses. Such associations foster a greater understanding of the testing and validation issues unique to the field of forensic science and may strengthen the scope of the proposed application.

Partnering with other publicly funded forensic science laboratories or other forensic entities such as universities and non-publicly funded laboratories with the goal of sharing existing resources (e.g., equipment, personnel) in support of research activities is also strongly encouraged.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146007

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Number of Grants:

Up to 20

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $150,000

Term of Contract:

24-month project period. Applicants should propose an award start date of January 1, 2015. Applicants should be aware that the total period of an award, including one that receives a funding supplement or a no-cost extension, ordinarily will not exceed three years.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Publicly funded forensic science laboratories that are currently accredited by an independent accrediting or certifying forensic science organization.

Publicly funded forensic science laboratories include State, regional, county, municipal, and tribal agencies.

NIJ welcomes applications that involve multiple entities; however, the applicant must be an eligible entity and the other(s) must be proposed as subrecipient(s). The applicant must be the entity with primary responsibility for conducting and leading the research.

NIJ may elect to make awards for applications submitted under this solicitation in future fiscal years, dependent on the merit of the applications and on the availability of appropriations.

Federal agencies

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must register with prior to submitting an application. OJP encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline. In addition, OJP urges applicants to submit applications 72 hours prior to the application due date.

Some projects may be chosen for Technology Evaluation or Technology Transition Workshop(s). Examples of previous evaluations and workshops can be found through the link:

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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