Category Archives: Funding

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!
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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.

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.