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Grants to USA Agencies and IHEs to Improve DNA
Analysis and Processing in Forensic Laboratories

DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program (Formula)

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)

Deadline Date:

07/07/22 8:59 PM ET - Grants.gov deadline; 7/15/22 8:59 PM ET - JustGrants deadline.

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories government agencies and IHEs to improve the rates and efficiency of DNA analysis and processing in forensic laboratories. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for activities related to long-term capacity enhancements and short-term direct case analysis.

OJP is committed to advancing work that promotes civil rights and racial equity, increases access to justice, supports crime victims and individuals impacted by the justice system, strengthens community safety and protects the public from crime and evolving threats, and builds trust between law enforcement and the community. 

BJA's FY 2022 DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program provides funding to states and units of local government with existing crime laboratories that conduct DNA analysis to increase the capacity of publicly funded forensic  DNA and DNA database laboratories to process more DNA samples for entry into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), thereby helping to reduce the number of forensic DNA and DNA database samples awaiting analysis and/or prevent a backlog of forensic and database DNA samples.

Specific Information

Funding under this program supports the following purposes:

  1. To carry out, for inclusion in the Combined DNA Index System, DNA analyses of database samples collected under applicable legal authority.
  2. To carry out, for inclusion in the Combined DNA Index System, DNA analyses of forensic case (e.g., “crime scene”) samples.
  3. To increase the capacity of publicly funded forensic DNA and DNA database laboratories.

The following requirements apply to all DNA analyses conducted under this program:

  1. Applicants must ensure that all eligible DNA profiles obtained with funding from this program are entered into the Combined DNA Index System and, where applicable, are uploaded into the National DNA Index System (NDIS). No profiles generated with funding from this program may be entered into any nongovernmental DNA database without prior express written approval from BJA.
  2. Applicants must ensure that all profiles uploaded to NDIS follow NDIS DNA Data Acceptance Standards. 
  3. Applicants must ensure that each DNA analysis conducted and the resulting profile generated under this program are maintained pursuant to all applicable federal privacy requirements, including those described in 34 U.S.C. § 12592(b)(3). 

Goals, Objectives, Deliverables, and Timeline can be found at https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/O-BJA-2022-171344.pdf#page=6.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178844

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$100,030,623

Number of Grants:

140

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $3,000,000

Term of Contract:

Period of performance start date: October 1, 2022
Period of performance duration: 24 months

Eligibility:

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

For purposes of this solicitation, "state" means any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

To advance Executive Order 13929 Safe Policing for Safe Communities, the Attorney General determined that all state, local, and university or college law enforcement agencies must be certified by an approved independent credentialing body or have started the certification process, to be eligible for FY 2022 DOJ discretionary grant funding. To become certified, the law enforcement agency must meet two mandatory conditions: (1) the agency's use-of-force policies adhere to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and (2) the agency's use-of-force policies prohibit chokeholds except in situations where use of deadly force is allowed by law. The certification requirement also applies to law enforcement agencies receiving DOJ discretionary grant funding through a subaward. For detailed information on this certification requirement, please visit https://cops.usdoj.gov/SafePolicingEO to access the Standards for Certification on Safe Policing for Safe Communities, the Implementation Fact Sheet, and the List of Designated Independent Credentialing Bodies.

ineligible expenses can be found at https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/O-BJA-2022-171344.pdf#page=12.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- The SF-424 and the SF-LLL must be submitted in Grants.gov by 8:59 PM ET on July 7, 2022.
- The full application must be submitted in JustGrants by 8:59 PM ET on July 15, 2022.

OJP urges applicants to submit their Grants.gov and JustGrants submissions prior to the due dates to allow sufficient time to correct errors and resubmit by the submission deadlines if a rejection notification is received. To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

Submission Information
Applications will be submitted to DOJ in two steps:
- Step 1: The applicant must submit by the Grants.gov deadline the required Application for Federal Assistance standard form (SF-424) and a Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF-LLL) form when they register in Grants.gov at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html. To register in Grants.gov, the applicant will need to ensure that its System for Award Management (SAM) registration is current.
- Step 2: The applicant must then submit the full application, including attachments, in JustGrants at JustGrants.usdoj.gov. To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline. OJP encourages applicants to review the “How to Apply” section in the OJP Grant Application Resource Guide and the JustGrants website for more information, resources, and training.

Mandatory Training:
- Award recipients must attend the annual 2-day forensics workshop for all recipient sites that will take place in the Washington, D.C., area. Key site team personnel (up to three representatives per site) will be expected to attend each annual meeting during the course of the grant period (starting in 2023), and applicants should budget accordingly. The workshops will focus on the elements of a successful project and key issues addressing forensic DNA processing for NDIS-participating laboratories.

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

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=340318

For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov link above.

Contact Information:

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

For technical assistance with submitting the Application for Federal Assistance standard form SF-424 and a Disclosure of Lobbying Activities form SF-LLL in Grants.gov, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726, 606-545-5035, Grants.gov customer support webpage, or support@grants.gov. The Grants.gov Support Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on federal holidays.

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in DOJ’s Justice Grants System (JustGrants), contact the JustGrants Service Desk at JustGrants.Support@usdoj.gov or at 833-872-5175. The JustGrants Service Desk operates 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. eastern time (ET) Monday - Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and federal holidays.

For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact the OJP Response Center by telephone at 800–851–3420 or TTY: 301–240–6310 (hearing impaired only) or by email at grants@ncjrs.gov. The OJP Response Center hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. eastern time Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET on the solicitation close date.

CFDA Number:

16.741

Funding or Pin Number:

O-BJA-2022-171344

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

Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

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

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