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
City of Omaha, Nebraska - Omaha Police DepartmentFY2014 NIJ Solving Cold Cases With DNAOmaha Cold Case Squad Intensive Case Review and DNA Analysis Program
CT Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection -- Division of Scientific Services and the CT Division of Criminal Justice 2014 DNA Project
Piedmont Triad Cold Case Initiative: A collaborative effort between the cities of Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and High Point.
The Alameda County (California) Sheriff''s Office Collaborating with the National Institute of Justice to Perform Necessary Investigative Research to Identify Cold Cases That Can Be Solved with DNA.
- NIJ Multisite Impact and Cost-Efficiency Evaluation of Veterans Treatment Courts, Fiscal Year 2022
- Research and Evaluation in Safety, Health, and Wellness in the Criminal Justice System, FY 2019
- Research and Evaluation for the Testing and Interpretation of Physical Evidence in Publicly Funded Forensic Laboratories, FY 2019