NIJ seeks proposals 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 the 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.
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: 22
Total Amount Awarded: $7,580,191
A Chicago Police Department initiative to resolve cold case homicides through comprehensive case reviews and use of current DNA technologies.
Joint Proposal of the Allegheny County Police and Allegheny County Medical Examiner to Solve Cold Cases with DNA.
Review, prioritization, investigation and prosecution of over 170 unsolved homicide cases in Tacoma, Pierce County and surrounding areas.
The MPD seeks to review, prioritize, examine and evaluate its existing cold cases in an effort to identify physical evidence with the potential to yield DNA that can be submitted for testing.
This application is submitted in order to facilitate the resolution of Unresolved crimes to include but not be limited to homicides and sexual assault.
- NIJ FY24 Research and Development in Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes
- NIJ FY 2023 Invited to Apply - Research and Evaluation in Safety, Health, and Wellness in the Criminal Justice System
- Research and Evaluation for the Testing and Interpretation of Physical Evidence in Publicly Funded Forensic Laboratories, Fiscal Year 2020