Category Archives: Funding

MU forensic lab faces hurdle

2015 0804 MUForensic 01“We have two sides to the coin,” Fenger said. “We’re trying to provide excellent service to help victims of crime, all types of crime, primarily through digital forensics and DNA, and the same time there’s budget cuts that are based on true deficiencies in the state budget, with coal no longer providing as much revenue as the past.”

Justice Dept. insists it has no appropriation for rape-kit testing

DOJ says no fundsThe Department of Justice is insisting that it has no specific appropriation from Congress to fund the testing of rape kits around the country, even though some members of Congress say Justice should have funding from the huge omnibus spending bill from late last year.
Last week, Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, accused Justice of failing to fund the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Program, even though Congress authorized that program in 2013, and funded it in 2014.

U.S. House of Representatives Approves $45 Million for Rape Kit Reform

Sexual assualt backlogNEW YORK – The Joyful Heart Foundation expressed its gratitude to the members of the U.S. House of Representatives who included $45 million to address the nation’s rape kit backlog in the FY16 spending bill, which passed today. The final funding passed includes an additional $4 million above the President’s request – the result of an amendment sponsored by champions Rep. Steve Cohen and Rep. Carolyn Maloney.

Iowa State University to Establish Forensic Science Center

Iowa Fingerprint AnalysisAMES, Iowa – Iowa State University has been awarded a five-year, up to $20 million grant to establish a Forensic Science Center of Excellence.

$3 million goes to task force investigating untested Detroit rape kits

GATCDETROIT, MI – Government and police officials in Wayne County announced Tuesday that $3 million in state funds has been used to expand the Wayne County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force.

District Attorney Vance Launches Formal Application Process for $35 Million Rape Kit Testing Initiative

justice and DNA2DA Vance released a Request for Proposals (RFP) soliciting grant applications for the District Attorney’s $35 million initiative to eliminate backlogs of untested sexual assault evidence kits, or “rape kits,” from jurisdictions across the country. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office will award successful applicants up to $2 million for a two-year period to aid jurisdictions in analyzing untested, backlogged rape kits. Representatives of 40 jurisdictions from 26 states submitted Expressions of Interest earlier this year, indicating more than 70,000 untested rape kits within their jurisdictions.

New Solicitation: Using DNA Technology to Identify the Missing

Justice DeptNIJ is seeking proposals for funding under the Using DNA Technology to Identify the Missing program. This program offers assistance in performing DNA analysis on unidentified human remains and family reference samples to support the efforts of States and units of local government to identify missing persons.
Make sure you complete your application before the April 28 deadline!
<a href="” target=”_blank”>Download the solicitation.

DNA Arrestee Collection Process Implementation Grants Program

Justice DeptNIJ seeks proposals from eligible States with designated DNA database laboratories for funding to assist with the costs associated with the implementation of DNA arrestee collection processes, in keeping with the purposes of the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-253), thereby helping to improve the capacity of laboratories that conduct DNA analysis of DNA database samples.
The deadline for applications under this funding opportunity is April 27.
Download the solicitation

New Solicitation: Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence to Exonerate the Innocent

Justice DeptNIJ seeks proposals for funding to assist in defraying the costs associated with postconviction DNA testing in cases of violent felony offenses (as defined by State law) in which actual innocence might be demonstrated. Funds may be used to identify and review such postconviction cases and to locate and analyze associated biological evidence.
The deadline for applications under this funding opportunity is May 4.

New Solicitation: Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program

Justice DeptNIJ seeks proposals for the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program (the Coverdell program), which 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.
The deadline for applications under this program is April 6.

$75,000 in private donations collected for Detroit rape kit testing in three weeks

Evidence Collection KitDETROIT, MI — Testing the 11,303 rape kits found forgotten in 2009 inside a Detroit Police Department warehouse is only a small part of what it will take to get justice for victims.
A public-private partnership formed earlier this month in an effort to raise $10 million over the next three years, with the goal of creating a 35-person rape-kit cold case team, including 25 investigators and 10 assistant prosecutors to do the rest of the work.

Department of Justice awards $21.6M in grants to AL agencies, cities

Justice DeptMONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) – Last year the Department of Justice awarded a total of $21.6 million in grant money to Alabama agencies and cities in the Middle District of Alabama to be used for crime prevention and victim services, according to U.S. Attorney George L. Beck Jr.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs Law Enforcement and Traffic Safety Division, the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center, the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, and the Alabama Board of Pardons and Pardons received large grants.

IUPUI Researcher Gets $1.1M Award for Forensic DNA Phenotyping Tools

Blue and white helixNEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The US Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice has awarded a forensic geneticist at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis $1.1 million to develop forensic DNA phenotyping tools.

Over 400,000 rape kits untested under government limbo

sexual assault kitsOne budget battle in Washington is holding up funding that could help put away criminals responsible for hundreds of thousands of rapes.
Across the country, an estimated 400,000 rape kits remain unexamined because police departments do not have the money for pricey DNA testing.

Ohio prosecutor gets help for rape DNA backlog

Ohio AG SealCLEVELAND (AP) – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has announced new investigative support and grant funding that will help prosecutors in Cleveland process the backlog of rape DNA kits.