Texas Office of the Governor (OOG) - Public Safety Office (PSO) - Criminal Justice Division (CJD)
07/31/19 5:00 PM CST
Grants starting at $10,000 to Texas local government units and state agencies for projects to enhance the efficiency and quality of medical examiners and forensic science services. A portion of funding is allocated for projects addressing responses to the opioid epidemic.
Funds may only be used to carry out the following activities:
1. All or a substantial part of a program intended to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science or medical examiner/coroner’s office services in the state, including those services provided by laboratories operated by the state and those operated by units of local government;
2. 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. Train, assist, and employ forensic laboratory personnel and medicolegal death investigators, as needed to eliminate such a backlog;
4. 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. Educate and train forensic pathologists; or
6. Fund medicolegal death investigation systems to facilitate accreditation of medical examiner and coroner offices and certification of medicolegal death investigators.
GrantWatch ID#: 186149
Of the total program funding available, 56% of the available amount is being allocated towards opioid-related projects.
Projects must begin on or after 01/01/2020 and expire on or before 09/30/2020.