NIJ seeks applications from States and units of local government for funding to identify, review, and investigate "violent crime cold cases" that have the potential to be solved using DNA analysis and to locate and analyze biological evidence associated with these cases. Experience has shown that cold case programs can solve a substantial number of violent crime cold cases, including homicides and sexual assaults. Advances in DNA technologies have substantially increased the successful DNA analysis of aged, degraded, limited or otherwise compromised biological evidence. As a result, crime scene samples once thought to be unsuitable for testing may now yield DNA profiles. Additionally, samples that previously generated inconclusive DNA results may now be successfully analyzed using newer methods.
In fiscal 2020, all state and local forensic capacity enhancement programs previously administered by NIJ moved to the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). Any future funding opportunities under this program will be released by BJA. Visit BJA.ojp.gov to learn more about this program and future opportunities.
Number of Awards: 27
Total Amount Awarded: $12,263,938
Grant funds shall be used to to address "open" cases of violent crimes in which there exists physical evidence with a substantial potential of biological applications.
The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor''s Office will lead the Cuyahoga County Cold Case Squad - a multi-agency partnership between the prosecutor, police & the coroner to investigate Cold Cases using DNA.
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