Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants
|Deadline:||May 2, 2013|
Fund Personnel, Computerization, Lab Equipment, Supplies, Accreditation, Training & More
Improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner services
What this grant does for your agency
The Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program (the Coverdell program) awards grants to states and units of local government to help improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner services.
Among other things, funds may be used to eliminate a backlog in the analysis of forensic evidence and to train and employ forensic laboratory personnel, as needed, to eliminate such a backlog. State Administering Agencies (SAAs) may apply for both "base" (formula) and competitive funds. Units of local government may apply for competitive funds.
A state or unit of local government that receives a Coverdell grant must use the grant for one or more of these 3 purposes:
- To carry out all or a substantial part of a program intended to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science or medical examiner 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.
- To eliminate a backlog in the analysis of forensic science evidence, including, among other things, a backlog with respect to firearms examination, latent prints, toxicology, controlled substances, forensic pathology, questioned documents, and trace evidence.
- To train, assist and employ forensic laboratory personnel as needed to eliminate such a backlog.
Only a limited number of grants will be awarded. Agencies awarded the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program receive funds that generally are used to pay the following types of expenses:
- Personnel. Funds may be used for forensic science or medical examiner personnel, overtime, fellowships, visiting scientists, interns, consultants, or contracted staff.
- Computerization. Funds may be used to upgrade, replace, lease, or purchase computer hardware and software for forensic analyses and data management.
- Laboratory equipment. Funds may be used to upgrade, lease, or purchase forensic laboratory or medical examiner equipment and instrumentation.
- Supplies. Funds may be used to acquire forensic laboratory or medical examiner supplies.
- Accreditation. Funds may be used to prepare for laboratory accreditation by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD-LAB), Forensic Quality Services (FQS), the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME), the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), or other appropriate accrediting bodies. Funds also may be used for application and maintenance fees charged by appropriate accrediting bodies.
- Education, training and certification. Funds may be used for appropriate internal and external training of staff that are directly and substantially involved in providing forensic science or medical examiner services. In appropriate cases, funds also may be used for fees charged by appropriate certifying bodies for certification of staff in specific forensic discipline areas. All education, training, and certification activities must be designed to improve the quality and/or timeliness of forensic science or medical examiner services. The grant application should demonstrate that the proposed training or certification is directly related to the job position and duties of the individual(s) receiving the training or seeking certification.
- Facilities. Funds may be used for program expenses relating to facilities, provided the expenses are directly attributable to improving the quality and/or timeliness of forensic science or medical examiner services. Funds also may be used for renovation and/or construction undertaken as part of the applicant’s program to improve the quality and/or timeliness of forensic science or medical examiner services. See the specific year's solicitation to which you are applying for detailed on limitations on use of funds for costs of new facility.
- Administrative expenses. Not more than 10 percent of the total amount of a Coverdell grant may be used for administrative expenses.
The following expenses that are not permitted:
- Expenses other than those listed above (including expenses for general law enforcement functions or non-forensic investigatory functions).
- Costs for any new facility that exceed the limits described above.
- Administrative expenses that exceed 10 percent of the total grant amount.
Match requirement: There is no state or local match required under the Coverdell program.
States and units of local government may apply for FY 2012 Coverdell funds. States may be eligible for both "base" (formula) and competitive funds. Units of local government within States may be eligible for competitive funds and may apply directly to NIJ.
Any State application for funding MUST be submitted by the Coverdell SAA (see list of SAAs on the OJP Web site). Other interested State agencies or departments must coordinate with their respective SAAs. See all Grant Eligibility Criteria:
About National Institute of Justice
The National Institute of Justice — the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice — is dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science. NIJ provides objective and independent knowledge and tools to reduce crime and promote justice, particularly at the state and local levels. Learn more about NIJ
Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, May 2, 2013.
Units of local government within States may be eligible for competitive funds and may apply directly to NIJ.
State applications for funding MUST be submitted by the Coverdell State Administering Agency (SAA). Other interested state agencies or departments must coordinate with their respective SAA.
Applicants must register in OJP’s Grants Management System (GMS) prior to submitting an application for this grant. Register and apply