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 and/or to eliminate backlogs in the analysis of forensic evidence, including controlled substances, firearms examination, forensic pathology, latent prints, questioned documents, toxicology, and trace 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: 71
Total Amount Awarded: $10,617,551
Case Completion Time Improvement and Backlog Reduction Program for The Monroe County Office of the Medical Examiner
- NIJ FY18 Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence-Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting Program (SAFE-ITR)
- NIJ FY18 Research and Evaluation for the Testing and Interpretation of Physical Evidence in Publicly Funded Forensic Laboratories
- NIJ FY17 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program (Formula)