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Improve Forensic Services

Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants 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:

06/28/22 8:59 PM ET - Grants.gov deadline; 07/12/22 8:59 PM ET - JustGrants deadline.

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories state and local government agencies for projects that advance medical examiner services and forensic science services. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations well in advance of the deadline. Funding is intended to improve both efficiency and quality of services. A portion of funding is allocated for projects addressing the opioid epidemic.

BJA seeks proposals for formula funding under the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program (the Coverdell Program), which awards grants to states and units of local government to improve forensic science and medical examiner/coroner services. Under the Coverdell Program, state administering agencies (SAAs) may apply for both formula and competitive funds. This solicitation is only for SAAs applying for the formula funds.

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. A backlog in the analysis of forensic science evidence exists if forensic evidence has been stored in a laboratory, medical examiner office, coroner office, law enforcement storage facility, or medical facility and has not been subjected to all appropriate forensic testing because of lack of resources or personnel.
  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. 

Note: Congress has appropriated funding to help the forensic science community address the specific challenges that crime laboratories are confronting related to the proliferation of opioids and synthetic drugs. To address these issues, BJA plans to allocate approximately 58 percent of available funds to specifically target the challenges that opioid and synthetic drugs have brought to the forensic science community.

Permissible Expenses: https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/O-BJA-2022-171343.pdf#page=8

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184314

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$24,986,099

Number of Grants:

55

Estimated Size of Grant:

Estimated maximum dollar amount for each award: based on population

If $29,395,410 were to become available for FY 2022, the minimum Coverdell grant to an eligible state would be not less than $293,954. In that case, if the amount a state would otherwise receive as its total Coverdell funding (including both formula funds and any competitive funds) is less than $293,954, BJA will increase that state’s total funding to $293,954. (Minimum awards for American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands would be lower.)

Term of Contract:

- Period of performance start date: October 1, 2021
- Period of performance: 24 months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: State governments

For purposes of this solicitation:
- Any state/local government entity performing forensic science services is considered a “forensic science laboratory.”
- Medical examiner and coroner offices are considered to be forensic science laboratories for the purposes of this solicitation.

State administering agencies (SAAs) apply on behalf of states, including any state government entity.

For purposes of this solicitation, the term “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.

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

Expenses that are not permitted: https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/O-BJA-2022-171343.pdf#page=10

Pre-Application Information:

The SF-424 and the SF-LLL must be submitted in Grants.gov by June 28, 2022, at 8:59 p.m. eastern time.

The full application must be submitted in JustGrants by July 12, 2022, at 8:59 p.m. eastern time.

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.

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. 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. To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

OJP 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=340293

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, 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 833-872-5175 or JustGrants.Support@usdoj.gov. The JustGrants Service Desk operates 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. eastern time 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 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., eastern time Monday–Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the solicitation closing date.

CFDA Number:

16.742

Funding or Pin Number:

O-BJA-2022-171343

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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); )

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