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Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program - Competitive

Grants to USA Agencies to Improve
the Analysis of Criminal Evidence

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

Conf. Date:

05/05/20

Deadline Date:

06/19/20 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and Territories government agencies for programs to enhance the effectiveness of criminal evidence processing. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to provide state and local government agencies with the tools they need to meet the challenges of crime and justice. This program awards grants to states and units of local government to help improve forensic science and medical examiner/coroner services.

This program seeks to improve forensic science and medical examiner/coroner services, including services provided by laboratories operated by States and units of local government. 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, as needed, to eliminate such a backlog. 

Grant Purposes:

A state or unit of local government that receives a Coverdell grant must use the grant for one or more of the following six purposes:

  1. To carry out all or a substantial part of a program intended to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science or medical examiner/coroner services in the state, including those services provided by laboratories operated by the state and those operated by units of local government within the state.
  2. To eliminate a backlog in the analysis of forensic science evidence, including, among other things, a backlog with respect to firearms examination, latent prints, impression evidence, toxicology, digital evidence, fire evidence, controlled substances, forensic pathology, questioned documents, and trace evidence.
  3. To train, assist, and employ forensic laboratory personnel and medicolegal death investigators, as needed, to eliminate such a backlog.
  4. To address emerging forensic science issues (such as statistics, contextual bias, and uncertainty of measurement) and emerging forensic science technology (such as high throughput automation, statistical software, and new types of instrumentation).
  5. To educate and train forensic pathologists.
  6. To fund medicolegal death investigation systems to facilitate accreditation of medical examiner and coroner offices and certification of medicolegal death investigators. 

Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables can be found starting at https://bja.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh186/files/media/document/bja-2020-18433.pdf#page=5.

Permissible Expenses can be found starting at https://bja.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh186/files/media/document/bja-2020-18433.pdf#page=7.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178840

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,970,464

Number of Grants:

Up to 30

Estimated Size of Grant:

Estimated maximum dollar amount for each award $250,000

Term of Contract:

- Period of performance start date: October 1, 2020
- Period of performance: 24 months

Eligibility:

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are limited to States (including territories) and units of local government. State Administering Agencies (SAAs) apply on behalf of States, including any State government entity.

Under the Coverdell program, State Administering Agencies (SAAs) may apply for both formula and competitive funds. Units of local government may apply for competitive funds. This solicitation is ONLY for the competitive funds.

All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee.

Expenses That Are Not Permitted:
1. Funds to conduct research. Applicants may address emerging forensic science issues and technology through implementation of new technologies and processes into public laboratories.
2. Expenses other than those listed under permissible expenses (including expenses for general law enforcement functions or non-forensic investigatory functions).
3. Costs for any new facility that exceed the limits described above.
4. Recipient administrative expenses (direct or indirect) that exceed 10 percent of the total grant amount.
5. The use of funds for the purchase and/or lease of vehicles, such as crime scene vans.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Webinar: Bureau of Justice Assistance Fiscal Year 2020 Funding Opportunities - "Competitive" Forensic Science Grant Programs

Time: May 5, 2020 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

https://rtiorg.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIqf-CsqTgvHtS9sYd2LJ6_m5ppfE9xw_Gv

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Solicitation Release Date: April 20, 2020
- Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 19, 2020

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No

To be considered timely, an application must be submitted by the application deadline using Grants.gov, and the applicant must have received a validation message from Grants.gov that indicates successful and timely submission. OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date, to allow time for the applicant to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from Grants.gov, and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

Prior to Registering in Grants.gov:
- Acquire a DUNS Number
- Acquire or renew registration with SAM: If the applicant already has an Employer Identification Number (EIN), the SAM registration will take up to 2 weeks to become active. If the applicant does not have an EIN, then the applicant should allow 2 to 5 weeks for obtaining an EIN from the Internal Revenue Service. If the entity does not have an EIN, then the applicant should allow two to five weeks for obtaining the information from the Internal Revenue Service when requesting the EIN via phone, fax, mail or Internet.

Registering with Grants.gov is a one-time process; however, processing delays may occur, and it can take several weeks for first-time registrants to receive confirmation of registration and a user password. OJP encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline. In addition, OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date, in order to allow time for the applicant to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from Grants.gov, and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

The NCJRS Response Center hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. eastern time, Monday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern time on the solicitation close date.

OJP Grant Application Resource Guide:
https://www.ojp.gov/funding/apply/ojp-grant-application-resource-guide

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=326460

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

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
Web: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/support.html
Email: support@grants.gov

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center:
Toll-free: 1-800-851-3420
TTY: 301-240-6310 (hearing impaired only)
Fax: 301-240-5830
Web Chat: https://webcontact.ncjrs.gov/ncjchat/chat.jsp
Email: grants@ncjrs.gov

CFDA Number:

16.742

Funding or Pin Number:

BJA-2020-18433

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

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)

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