Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters

Research and Evaluation for the Testing and Interpretation of Physical Evidence in Publicly Funded Forensic Laboratories

Grants to USA Agencies, IHEs, Nonprofits, and For-Profits
for Research to Improve Forensic Laboratory Protocols

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

Add to My Calendar 

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

Deadline Date:

06/03/21 11:59 PM ET

Description:

Request a Grant Writer

Grants to USA and Territories agencies, IHEs, Tribes, and nonprofit and for-profit organizations for research projects to improve laboratory policies and protocols. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations well in advance of the deadline. Consideration will be given to proposals with the potential to enhance the interpretation and examination of physical evidence in forensic laboratories.

With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals for rigorous research and evaluation projects that will:

  1. Identify and inform the forensic community of best practices through the evaluation of existing laboratory protocols.
  2. Have a direct and immediate impact on laboratory efficiency and assist in making laboratory policy decisions.

The intent of this program is to direct the findings of the research and evaluation toward the identification of the most efficient, accurate, reliable, and cost-effective methods for the identification, analysis, and interpretation of physical evidence for criminal justice purposes. Projects should address the challenges and needs of the forensic science community, including but not limited to, the operational needs discussed at the 2020 TWG meeting, which may be found on NIJ.ojp.gov.

Proposals are expected to identify the forensic science discipline(s) intended to benefit from the project. The forensic science discipline(s) should be listed in the key words on the title page. Some of the forensic science disciplines are listed below: 

  • DNA and forensic biology
  • Forensic crime scene analysis
  • Forensic anthropology and forensic odontology
  • Bloodstain pattern analysis
  • Seized drugs
  • Fire debris analysis and arson scene investigations
  • Firearms and toolmark identification
  • Latent print
  • Shoeprint/tire tread examination
  • Questioned documents
  • Trace evidence
  • Forensic toxicology
  • Medicolegal death investigations, including forensic pathology
  • Digital/multimedia evidence
  • Wildlife forensics

For Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables see https://nij.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh171/files/media/document/O-NIJ-2021-95002.pdf#page=5.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169947

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,500,000

Number of Grants:

5

Estimated Size of Grant:

NIJ funding for an individual research or development project rarely exceeds $500,000 annually. In FY 2020, the average forensic science research and development award under this solicitation was approximately $240,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

Period of performance start date: January 1, 2022
Applicants that are Federal agencies may propose a start date as early as October 1, 2021.

Project periods under this program typically range between one and three years. Successful applicants will be expected to complete the work proposed within a five-year period of performance.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: City or township governments, County governments, For profit organizations other than small businesses, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Small businesses, Special district governments, State governments

For purposes of this solicitation, the term “State” means any State of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virginia Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Foreign governments, foreign organizations, and foreign colleges and universities are not eligible to apply.

Federal agencies are eligible to apply. (Any award made to a federal agency will be made as an inter-agency reimbursable agreement.)

Applicants must be, or be partnered with, publicly funded forensic science laboratories that are currently accredited by an independent accrediting or certifying forensic science organization. Publicly funded forensic science laboratories include state, regional, county, municipal, and tribal agencies.

All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee.

NIJ will consider applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (subgrantees).

What will not be funded: https://nij.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh171/files/media/document/O-NIJ-2021-95002.pdf#page=8

Pre-Application Information:

The SF-424 and the SF-LLL will be submitted in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 3, 2021. OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date to allow time for the applicant to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from Grants.gov and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

The full application will be submitted in JustGrants by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 10, 2021.

In FY 2021, applications will be submitted to DOJ in a new two-step process:
- Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in Grants.gov. To register in Grants.gov, applicants will need to obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and System for Award Management (SAM) registration or renewal.
- Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application including attachments in JustGrants.

To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333078

For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov link above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For technical assistance with submitting the SF-424 and SF- LLL in Grants.gov, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726, 606-545-5035, at Grants.gov customer support webpage, or email at support@grants.gov.

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in DOJ’s Justice Grants System (JustGrants), contact the JustGrants Service Desk at JustGrants.Support@usdoj.gov or at 833-872-5175.

For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact the Response Center by telephone at 800–851–3420 or TTY: 301–240–6310 (hearing impaired only) or by email at grants@ncjrs.gov.

CFDA Number:

16.560

Funding or Pin Number:

O-NIJ-2021-95002

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

Suggested Grants:

Grants to USA State Agencies to Develop Volunteer Programs in Local Communities

Deadline 06/23/21

Grants to USA state agencies to develop and support volunteer programs in local communities. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for programs that support, manage, and engage volunteers. Priori

GrantWatch ID#: 123648

Grants to USA Agencies, Nonprofits, Educational Institutions, and Tribes to Reduce Violent C...

Deadline 06/22/21

Grants to USA government agencies, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community organizations, and tribal governments for activities to reduce violent crime in local neighborhoods. Interested applicants are advised that required registra

GrantWatch ID#: 123715

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Address the Climate Crisis and Reduce Inequality

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to reduce social inequality and promote solutions to the climate crisis. Eligible programs will address the areas of racial and economic justice, corporate and political accountability; voice, creativity, and culture; and an inclusi

GrantWatch ID#: 123756

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits and Agencies for Neighborhood Improvements in Eligible Locations

Deadline 09/17/21 Conference Date: 08/05/21

Grants of up to $50,000 to Oregon nonprofit organizations and government agencies for activities to improve neighborhoods in eligible locations. Funding is intended to support programs and projects that enhance the appearance and environmental quality of communities, pr

GrantWatch ID#: 123969

Grants to Maryland Nonprofits and Agencies for Historic and Cultural Preservation Projects

Deadline 07/30/21 LOI Date: 06/22/21

Grants to Maryland nonprofit organizations and government agencies for historic preservation projects. Applicants must submit a preliminary application prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to support a wide range of planning, survey, research, and ed

GrantWatch ID#: 124187

Awards and In-Kind Benefits to Ohio and Michigan Nonprofits in Eligible Locations to Recogni...

Deadline 07/09/21

Awards of $6,000 and in-kind benefits to Ohio and Michigan nonprofit organizations in eligible locations to recognize excellence. Awards are available to recognize both overall organizational excellence and project, program, or initiative excellence. In addition to the

GrantWatch ID#: 124952

Grants to Virginia Nonprofits for Public Programs that Promote the Humanities in Local Commu...

Deadline 01/15/22 LOI Date: 11/15/21

Grants of up to $5,000 and grants of up to $20,000 to Virginia nonprofit organizations for programs that promote the humanities in local communities. Certain applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to a full grant application. All applicants are advised to contac

GrantWatch ID#: 125447

Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits for Community Benefit Programs Primarily to Support Youth

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations for community benefit initiatives. A letter of intent must be submitted prior to submitting a full proposal. Priority is given to addressing the needs of low-income youth, children, and their families. The funding source s

GrantWatch ID#: 125830

Grants to Researchers Affiliated with USA Qualified Institutions to Improve Clinical Researc...

Deadline 08/27/21 LOI Date: 07/09/21

Grants of up to $50,000 to researchers affiliated with USA qualified institutions to advance research in the field of pediatric oncology. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to increase the institution's

GrantWatch ID#: 125838

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofit Charitable Organizations to Impact Public Policy in a Var...

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA and Canada nonprofit charitable organizations to impact public policy in a variety of national and international issues. In previous years, grants have been awarded for general operations and project support to think tanks, national councils, judicial orga

GrantWatch ID#: 125864