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FY 2024 Solicitation Overview: Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program - Competitive

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May 2024
2 pages
Publication Series

This document serves as a fact sheet on a grant to support improvements to medical examiner/coroner services, service timeliness, and forensic analysis backlog reduction; it provides an overview of who may apply and why, maximum award funds, where to find more information, tips for successful grant applications, and how and when to apply.


This solicitation overview provides grant information and resources for entities that may be interested in funding assistance from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to receive funding to support the improvement of forensic science and medical examiner/coroner services, including forensic laboratories operated by states and local governments, as well as to improve the timeliness of services and reduce forensic analysis backlogs. The publication notes eligible applicants as being: state governments, through State Administering Agencies (SAAs); and city or township, and county governments. It also encourages first-time applicants to BJA funding. It also provides details on the maximum amount of funding per award and lists examples of strategies or activities that can be funded, as well as where to get more information about the grant opportunity. The document also lists tips for submitting a successful grant application, with details about how and when to apply. It also emphasizes that registration and renewal in the System for Award Management (SAM) may take up to 10 business days.

Date Published: May 1, 2024