New Solicitations: Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program

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​New Solicitations: Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program

The Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program awards grants to States and units of local government to help improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner/coroner’s office services. Funds under this program may be used to eliminate a backlog in the analysis of forensic evidence and to train and employ forensic laboratory personnel and mediocolegal death investigators, as needed, to eliminate such a backlog.

NIJ seeks proposals for formula (“base”) funding as well as proposals for competitive funding under the program.

Under the program, State Administering Agencies (SAAs) may apply for both formula and competitive funds. Any State/local government entity performing forensic science services is considered a “forensic science laboratory.”

Review the Formula solicitation.

Review the Competitive solicitation.

All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 30, 2018.

Applicants must register with prior to submitting an application.

Learn how to become an NIJ proposal peer reviewer.

These solicitations are competitive; therefore, NIJ staff cannot have individual conversations with prospective applicants. Any questions concerning the solicitations should be submitted to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service: 1-800-851-3420; TTY at 301-240-6310 (for hearing impaired only); email; fax 301-240-5830; or web chat See also’s solicitation FAQ page.

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