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Paul Coverdell Forensic Sciences Improvement Grant Program

Grants to Texas Local and State Agencies to Improve the
Delivery of Forensic and Medical Examiner Services

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Texas Office of the Governor (OOG) - Public Safety Office (PSO) - Criminal Justice Division (CJD)

Deadline Date:

07/31/19 5:00 PM CST


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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#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186149

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Minimum: $10,000
Maximum: None

Of the total program funding available, 56% of the available amount is being allocated towards opioid-related projects.

Term of Contract:

Projects must begin on or after 01/01/2020 and expire on or before 09/30/2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications may be submitted by state agencies and units of local government that operate an accredited crime laboratory or medical examiner/coroner’s office in Texas. A unit of local government is defined as a non-statewide governmental body with the authority to establish a budget and impose taxes.

All applications submitted by accredited crime laboratories must be submitted by a unit of government affiliated with the laboratory, including an authorizing resolution from that unit of government. For example, a city crime laboratory must apply under their municipal government, and community supervision and corrections departments, district attorneys, and judicial districts must apply through their affiliated county government (or one of the counties, in the case of agencies that serve more than one county).

Entities receiving funds from CJD must be located in a county that has an average of 90% or above on both adult and juvenile dispositions entered into the computerized criminal history database maintained by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) as directed in the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Chapter 60.

For further information on eligibility requirements and prohibitions, see pages 4-5 of the Announcement document in Attached Files below.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:

- Funding Announcement Release 06/01/2019
- Online System Opening Date 06/01/2019
- Final Date to Submit and Certify an Application 07/31/2019 at 5:00 pm CST
- Earliest Project Start Date: 01/01/2020

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Contact Information:

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Online application system:

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(512) 463-1919

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas