U.S. Department of Justice: Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants ProgramDeadline: April 30, 2018
The Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program (the Coverdell program) awards grants to help improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner/coroner’s office 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 and medicolegal death investigators, as needed, to eliminate such a backlog. The Coverdell program may not be used for research; however, applicants may address emerging forensic science issues and technology through implementation of new technologies and processes into public laboratories.
A Coverdell grant must be used for one or more of these six 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/coroner’s office 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, impression evidence, toxicology, digital evidence, fire evidence, controlled substances, forensic pathology, questioned documents, and trace evidence.
- To train, assist, and employ forensic laboratory personnel and medicolegal death investigators, as needed, to eliminate such a backlog.
- To address emerging forensic science issues (such as statistics, contextual bias, and uncertainty of measurement) and emerging forensic science technology (such as high throughput automation, statistical software, and new types of instrumentation).
- To educate and train forensic pathologists.
- To fund medicolegal death investigation systems to facilitate accreditation of medical examiner and coroner offices and certification of medicolegal death investigators.
Amount: A total of $2,875,000 is available to make awards that range up to $250,000 for a 12-month period of performance. The total period of an award is up to three years.
Eligibility: States (including territories) and units of local government. State Administering Agencies (SAAs) apply on behalf of states, including any state government entity.