NIJ anticipates release within weeks for the FY 2021 solicitations under its annual programs supporting forensic science R&D:
- Research and Development in Forensic Sciences for Criminal Justice Purposes
- Research and Evaluation in Publicly Funded Forensic Laboratories
Applicants can expect the FY 2021 funding opportunities to be similar to those from FY 2020, with only minor changes:
- Research in certain forensic disciplines is no longer excluded.
- Factors receiving priority consideration have minor revisions to align with FY2021 administration priorities.
NIJ expects a similar scope and scale for these programs as in FY 2020. For reference, 184 applications were peer reviewed and 36 awards were made under the FY 2020 Forensic Science R&D solicitation. Likewise, 20 applications were peer reviewed and 5 awards were made under the FY 2020 Public Labs solicitation. Explore these links for full solicitation texts and award details.
NIJ has transitioned to a new proposal submission interface, JustGrants. NIJ encourages potential applicants to familiarize themselves with the new application process early, to avoid submission delays.
Because most solicitations are competitive, we cannot have individual conversations concerning the solicitation with prospective applicants. Any questions concerning open solicitation should be submitted to the NCJRS Response Center by phone 1-800-851-3420 (TTY at 301-240-6310 for hearing impaired only), or by email at [email protected].