The Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program (the Coverdell program) 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. States may apply for both "base" (formula) and competitive funds. Units of local government may apply for competitive funds.
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: 103
Total Amount Awarded: $23,399,501
Base funding to improve timeliness of service delivery and reduce casework backlogs in the Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division's laboratory system.
- Research and Evaluation for the Testing and Interpretation of Physical Evidence in Publicly Funded Forensic Laboratories, Fiscal Year 2021
- NIJ FY17 Forensic DNA Laboratory Efficiency Improvement and Capacity Enhancement Program
- NIJ FY17 Graduate Research Fellowship Program in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics