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DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program

Grants to USA Agencies to Improve DNA Analysis
and Processing in Forensic Laboratories

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

Deadline Date:

06/08/21 11:59 PM ET - Grants.gov deadline; JustGrants deadline is 6/22/21 11:59 PM ET.

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Grants to USA and territories government agencies to improve the rates and efficiency of DNA analysis and processing in forensic laboratories. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for activities related to long-term capacity enhancements and short-term direct case analysis.

BJA's FY 2021 DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program provides funding to states and units of local government with existing crime laboratories to increase the capacity of publicly funded forensic DNA and DNA database laboratories to process more DNA samples, thereby helping to reduce the number of forensic DNA and DNA database samples awaiting analysis and/or prevent a backlog of forensic and database DNA samples.

Funding under this program supports the following purposes:

  1. To carry out, for inclusion in the Combined DNA Index System, DNA analyses of database samples collected under applicable legal authority.
  2. To carry out, for inclusion in the Combined DNA Index System, DNA analyses of forensic case (e.g., “crime scene”) samples.
  3. To increase the capacity of publicly funded forensic DNA and DNA database laboratories.

The DNA CEBR program awards funding to eligible entities with two program objectives:

  1. Increase the number of samples analyzed in forensic DNA and DNA database laboratories.
  2. Reduce forensic case and DNA database sample turnaround time.

Both objectives can be achieved by implementing allowable long-term capacity enhancement activities and short-term direct case analysis activities. For more information, see https://bja.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh186/files/media/document/O-BJA-2021-104004.pdf#page=6.

For permissible uses of funds, see https://bja.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh186/files/media/document/O-BJA-2021-104004.pdf#page=7.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178844

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$99,609,209

Number of Grants:

135

Estimated Size of Grant:

Anticipated Maximum Dollar Amount of Awards: $4,250,000

Term of Contract:

Period of performance start date: October 1, 2021
Period of performance duration: 24 months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following entities are eligible to apply:
- States and units of local government with existing crime laboratories or laboratory systems that conduct forensic DNA and/or DNA database sample analysis and:
- Participate in external audits, not less than once every 2 years, that demonstrate compliance with the requirements of the Quality Assurance Standards established by the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
- Are accredited by a nonprofit professional organization actively involved in forensic science that is nationally recognized within the forensic science community.
- Participate in the National DNA Index System (NDIS), or have an agreement with an NDIS participating laboratory to upload their data.

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.

A state or unit of local government (or any department, agency, or instrumentality of the foregoing) that does not own, control, or operate a crime laboratory or laboratory system is not an eligible applicant under this program. (For example, a state or unit of local government that receives forensic services only by way of an inter- or intra-governmental arrangement or contract, but does not own, control, or operate its own crime laboratory within its jurisdiction, is not eligible under this program.)

For expenses that are not permitted, see https://bja.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh186/files/media/document/O-BJA-2021-104004.pdf#page=11.

Pre-Application Information:

The SF-424 and the SF-LLL will be submitted in Grants.gov by June 8, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST. 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 June 22, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST.

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=333375

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 SF424 and SF-LLL in Grants.gov, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726, 606-545-5035, 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 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:

16.741

Funding or Pin Number:

O-BJA-2021-04004

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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

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