Category Archives: Funding

IMPD, crime lab get $250,000 cold case grant

DNA HelixINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (November 9, 2014) — Indianapolis Metropolitan police and the Indianapolis Marion County Forensic Services Agency will share in a quarter-million dollar federal grant to dive into the backlog of cold case homicides on the city’s books.
Some of those cases go back decades.

Houston Forensic Science Center awarded $1.26 million grant

sole DNAThe Houston Forensic Science Center (HFSC) has been awarded a $1.26 million grant from the National Institute of Justice that will be used in part to buy additional DNA analyzing equipment. This equipment will enhance the Center’s capabilities, allowing it to process evidence more quickly and efficiently.
The money will also be used to train staff on the latest trends and technology in the field.

Kent County cold case team receives $188K federal grant

Kent CoKENT COUNTY, MI – The Kent Metro Cold Case Team was awarded an $188,402 federal grant this week.
The 24-month award from the National Institute of Justice, titled “Solving Cold Cases with DNA,” will fund cold case homicide investigations that might be solved through DNA analysis, according to a release from the group.

Congress sends Obama bill to cut big backlog of analyzing DNA evidence in rape cases

DNA imageWASHINGTON — Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Thursday renewing a soon to expire program that helps local governments cut their backlogs of unexamined DNA evidence in rape cases.
The program provides federal grants to state and local law enforcement agencies so they can speed their analyses of untested evidence kits. Experts say many thousands of such kits are languishing in communities around the country, including some that are many years old.

North Dakota gets $200,000 in federal funding for DNA evidence processing at state crime lab

blue purple helixBISMARCK, North Dakota — North Dakota is getting $200,000 in federal funding to help process DNA evidence at the state crime lab.

US funding to enhance W.Va. state police forensics

colored vertical helixCHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Nearly $342,000 in federal funding is headed to the West Virginia State Police to improve the state forensic laboratory.
The funding announced by U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall will be used to update and purchase new technology, hire evidence technicians, and to continue the education and training of forensic analysts.

New NIJ Solicitation to Support Validation of Lab Protocols

Justice DeptNIJ is now accepting applications from laboratories to conduct research on ways to improve the accuracy and timeliness of analyses of physical evidence in forensic science labs. Proposals should be for research, evaluation or validation projects that will:
1. Inform best practices through evaluation of the existing laboratory protocols.
2. Result in a validated method that may be replicated by other laboratories.
3. Have a direct and immediate impact on laboratory efficiency and assist in making laboratory policy decisions.

Lowey Announces Grant For County DNA Services, Aiding In Sex Assault Cases

lowey1WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. — Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland) announced a $312,865 Department of Justice grant for Westchester County’s Forensic Science Services on Monday.
The goal of the grant, provided through the DOJ’s DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program, is helping states and local governments increase existing crime laboratories’ capacity so they can analyze DNA samples more efficiently and cost effectively, reducing DNA evidence backlogs.

North Dakota attorney general’s office to get $63,000 for forensic services

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice has awarded $63,029 to the North Dakota attorney general’s office to improve forensic science and medical examiner services.GATC

Feds aim to fund forensic science center

Blue Helix2A federal agency within the Commerce Department is looking to give $20 million to fund a new forensic science research center.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on Tuesday announced a competition for money to build the center, which will work on establishing “a firm scientific foundation” for key methods in the sciences.

$41 million to help reduce rape kit backlog

OMALLEY-300x225About $41 million has been earmarked to help expedite the nationwide processing of rape kits, which preserve evidence of sexual assault, authorities said Tuesday.

Despite backlog , crime lab unlikely to get funding boost

NC Crime LabRaleigh, N.C. — Major backlogs in the State Crime Lab keep growing because of a shortage of DNA analysts and scientists who test blood in drunken driving cases, state Attorney General Roy Cooper has said, and the delays have caused some criminal charges to be dismissed.

FY 2014 NIJ DNA Arrestee Collection Process Implementation Grants Program

Justice DeptThe U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding under the FY 2014 NIJ DNA Arrestee Collection Process Implementation Grants Program. This program furthers the Department’s mission by offering assistance to eligible States with existing designated DNA database laboratories to help defray the costs associated with the implementation of DNA arrestee collection processes, to improve the capacity of laboratories that conduct DNA analysis of DNA database samples.

Congress poised to approve $41 million to help clear backlog of untested rape kits

Evidence Bag1Congress is poised to approve $41 million sought by the Obama administration to examine untested DNA evidence collected from rape victims and held by state and local police across the country.

Attorney General’s office announces $3M in funding to help test rape kits

sexual assault kitsLANSING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Thursday that $3 million has been budgeted by the state legislature to help fund sexual assault prosecutions.
Specifically, the money will be going toward “the ongoing effort to DNA test thousands of unprocessed sexual assault evidence kits.”