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U.S. Department of Justice: Prosecuting Cold Cases using DNA and Other Forensic Technologies

Deadline: May 28, 2019

The Prosecuting Cold Cases using DNA and Other Forensic Technologies program will provide funding to support agencies in the resolution of violent crime cold cases. Funding will support the prosecution of violent crime cold cases where DNA has been used to identify a suspect(s). Funding support includes investigative activities and forensic analyses that could lead to prosecuting violent crime cold cases and decreasing the number of violent crime cold cases awaiting prosecution. The Program defines a “violent crime cold case” as a case, such as a Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) Part 1 violent crime (aggravated assault, forcible rape, murder, and robbery), missing persons, or unidentified persons, that has remained unsolved for at least three years, and has: (1) the potential to be solved and/or prosecuted through the application of forensic techniques and/or technologies; or (2) newly acquired information or advanced technologies to analyze evidence.

The goal of the Prosecuting Cold Cases using DNA and Other Forensic Technologies program is to provide funding assistance for projects to:

  1. Increase the number of violent crime cold case prosecutions
  2. Decrease the number of unresolved violent crime cold cases awaiting prosecution

The following should be the primary objectives of all proposals submitted under this solicitation:

  • Prosecution of cold cases involving violent crime where suspects have been identified through DNA evidence
  • Decreasing the number of cold case violent crimes awaiting prosecution
  • Enter all “criteria cases” into the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) to increase the chances of identifying and apprehending violent serial offenders who pose a serious threat to public safety

The following activities are permissible as secondary objectives. The proposal should demonstrate clearly that these activities can be successfully performed:

  • Increasing the capacity for state and local prosecution offices to address cold cases involving violent crime
  • Prosecution of violent crime cold cases where a non-DNA forensic technology was used to identify a suspect or to assist in the adjudication process
  • Case review to identify, review, and prioritize violent crime cold cases that have the potential to be resolved using forensic technologies (by appropriate persons such as prosecutors, public defenders, law enforcement personnel, forensic scientists, and medical examiners), in order to determine whether forensic analysis of any existing evidence could help solve these cold cases
  • Identify, locate, collect, process, and analyze evidence to assist prosecutors with the litigation of violent crime cold cases

Amount: Approximately $5,500,000 is available to make an estimated 10 awards of up to $500,000 each for a performance period of up to three years.

Eligibility: State and local prosecuting agencies, states (including territories), units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions. Prosecuting agencies, law enforcement, state agencies, or local crime laboratories may partner with the agency that serves as the lead applicant for the award to work toward achieving the program goal of seeking resolution in violent crime cold cases. However, a prosecuting entity must be fully engaged in the project.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=314327

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