U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government, Department of Justice.

NIJ FY 14 Solving Cold Cases with DNA

Opportunity ID
Solicitation Status
Fiscal Year
Closing Date
Posting Date

NIJ seeks applications from States and units of local government for funding under the Solving Cold Cases With DNA program to identify, review, and investigate Uniform Crime Report (UCR) Part 1 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. NIJ’s goal is to make funding available to States and units of local government for projects that will address all three of the following purpose areas:Case review-to identify, review, and prioritize violent crime cold cases that have the potential to be solved using DNA analysis (by appropriate persons such as prosecutors, public defenders, law enforcement personnel, forensic scientists, and medical examiners) in order to determine whether DNA analysis of any existing biological evidence could help solve the cold case.Location of evidence-to identify, collect, retrieve, and evaluate biological evidence from such cases that may reasonably be expected to contain DNA.DNA analysis of biological evidence-to perform DNA analyses on such biological evidence, including the handling and screening of this evidence.


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: 25
Total Amount Awarded: $4,742,221

Date Created: April 10, 2014