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Forensic Technology Center of Excellence

Cooperative Agreement with a USA Agency, For-Profit, Nonprofit,
or IHE to Create a Center to Support Forensic Research

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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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:

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Cooperative agreement with a USA or territories agency, Tribe, for-profit or nonprofit organization, or IHE to create a center that will support forensic research and development. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations well in advance of the deadline.

With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals from qualified applicants to establish and operate a Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCOE) to support NIJ’s research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E) process and technology transition activities in all areas of forensic science. The FTCOE should focus on specific efforts to include, but not be limited to:

  1. Providing scientific and technical support to NIJ’s forensic science research, development, and technology transition efforts.
  2. Facilitating demonstration, testing, evaluation, transfer, and adoption of appropriate technology into practice by crime laboratories, medical examiner/coroner offices, law enforcement, and other criminal justice agencies and forensic science service providers.
  3. Providing technology transition assistance, knowledge transfer, and support to forensic science researchers and practitioners.
  4. Developing and providing access to resources for research dissemination, education, and evidence-based best practices in the forensic science and criminal justice communities.
  5. Working closely with NIJ program managers to assess and communicate the impact of forensic science RDT&E, evidence-based best practices, and systems-based approaches for the criminal justice system.
  6. Develop national forensic science library services to identify, curate, and make available scholarly literature relevant to the forensic science research and practitioner community.

For further details on each focus area, see https://nij.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh171/files/media/document/O-NIJ-2021-97001.pdf#page=5.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170080

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$4,500,000

Number of Grants:

1

Estimated Size of Grant:

$4,500,000

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance Start Date: 1/1/22 12:00 AM
Period of Performance Duration (Months): 24

NIJ expects that it may provide additional funding to awards made under this solicitation, through continuation awards on an annual basis for up to four years.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Indian housing authorities
  • 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
  • Public housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Small businesses
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: City or township governments, County governments, For profit organizations other than small businesses, Independent school districts, 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, Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, Small businesses, 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 Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

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

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:
- Applications primarily to purchase equipment, materials, or supplies. (A budget may include these items if they are necessary to conduct development, demonstration, evaluation, or analysis.)
- Applications that are not responsive to the purposes of this specific solicitation.
- Applications that do not demonstrate the capability to perform the work proposed.
- Applications that propose the execution of research and development.

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=333095

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-2021-97001

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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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

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