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National Center on Forensics

Cooperative Agreement to a USA Nonprofit, Agency, IHE, Tribal Government,
Business, or Housing Authority to Create a Forensics Training Facility

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:

06/10/21 11:59 PM ET - Grants.gov deadline; JustGrants application deadline is 06/17/21 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

Description:

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Cooperative agreement to a USA or territories nonprofit organization, government, school, IHE, tribal government, small business, or housing authority to create a forensics training facility. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to applying. This project furthers the Department’s mission by providing resources to support development, education, and training opportunities in the forensic science, medico-legal, law enforcement, and legal communities.

With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals from qualified applicants to establish and operate a National Center on Forensics at an accredited university of higher education, with medical and law schools affiliated within the same university system, and in partnership with a full-service and independent state department of forensic science with a medical examiner function, that is located in the same state as the partner accredited university. 

Program Goals:

  • Providing scientific and technical learning opportunities for the medico-legal community specifically targeted for medical students, and focused on underserved rural areas: This National Center on Forensics will serve as a centralized innovative center to encourage engagement of medical students to train as deputy medical examiners/coroners in underserved rural areas.
  • Providing forensic science and legal training, information, and support to law enforcement, district judges, and other appropriate criminal justice agencies: This National Center on Forensics is expected to provide specialized training relevant to the intersection of forensic science and law.
  • Developing, consolidating, and providing access to resources and opportunities for education, training, and best practices in the forensic science community, structured to benefit current and future practitioners in the field: This National Center on Forensics’ efforts should include methods by which to understand the needs of forensic pathologists/medical examiners, forensic scientists, district attorneys, and law enforcement practitioners and, from this, develop comprehensive approaches that will benefit both current and future practitioners.

For more information on these goals, see: https://nij.ojp.gov/funding/O-NIJ-2021-99002.pdf#page=5

Priority Areas:

The Department of Justice is committed to advancing work that promotes civil rights, increases access to justice, supports crime victims, protects the public from crime and evolving threats, and builds trust between law enforcement and the community. In FY 2021, OJP will give priority consideration in award decisions to applications that demonstrate ways in which their projects will advance one or more of these areas. 

In addition, OJP will give priority consideration, if applicable, to applicants that demonstrate that the individuals who are intended to benefit from the requested grant reside in high-poverty areas or persistent-poverty counties.

For more information on Priority Areas, see: https://nij.ojp.gov/funding/O-NIJ-2021-99002.pdf#page=6

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 195982

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$4,000,000

Number of Grants:

1

Estimated Size of Grant:

$4,000,000

Term of Contract:

- Period of Performance Start Date: 1/1/22 12:00 AM
- Period of Performance Duration (Months): 36

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
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

To advance Executive Order 13929 Safe Policing for Safe Communities, as of October 28, 2020, the Attorney General determined that all state, local, and university or college law enforcement agencies must be certified by an approved independent credentialing body or have started the certification process to be allocated FY 2021 DOJ discretionary grant funding, as either a recipient or a subrecipient.

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).

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.

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 10, 2021.
The full application will be submitted in JustGrants by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 17, 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.

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 at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html. 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 at https://justicegrants.usdoj.gov/. To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

Generally, award notifications are made by the end of the current Federal fiscal year, September 30th. OJP sends award notifications by email through JustGrants to the individuals listed in the application as the application submitter and the authorizing official (E-Biz POC and AOR). The email notification includes detailed instructions on how to access and view the award documents, and steps to take in JustGrants to start the award acceptance process.

For an application checklist, see: https://nij.ojp.gov/funding/O-NIJ-2021-99002.pdf#page=17.

OJP Grant Application Resource Guide: https://www.ojp.gov/funding/apply/ojp-grant-application-resource-guide#federal-award-notices

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333259

For a list of 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 https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/support.html, or email at support@grants.gov. The Grants.gov Support Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on federal holidays.

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. The JustGrants Service Desk operates 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST Monday - Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and federal holidays.

An applicant that experiences unforeseen Grants.gov or JustGrants technical issues beyond its control that prevent it from submitting its application by the deadline must email the National Criminal Justice Reference Service Response Center (Response Center) at grants@ncjrs.gov within 24 hours after the application deadline to request approval to submit its application after the deadline.

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. Response Center hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET on the solicitation close date.

CFDA Number:

16.560

Funding or Pin Number:

O-NIJ-2021-99002

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)

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