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Strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner System Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, Tribal Governments,
and IHEs to Enhance the Forensic Pathology Profession

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:

06/15/20 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit and for-profit organizations, government agencies, tribal governments, IHEs, and certain qualified individuals to enhance the nation’s forensic pathology profession. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. With this solicitation, BJA seeks proposals to strengthen the medical examiner/coroner (ME/C) system in the United States.

Through this program, BJA will support grants in two focus areas by:

  1. Supporting forensic pathology fellowships
  2. Providing resources necessary for medical examiner and coroner offices to achieve accreditation

Purpose Area 1: Forensic Pathology Fellowships. Competition ID: BJA-2020-18436

  • Through this funding opportunity, applications are being solicited from institutions with current ACGME-accredited forensic pathology fellowship programs to recruit quality candidates who have completed all necessary medical education and pathology residency requirements. This program will strengthen the ME/C system by increasing the number and quality of board-certified forensic pathologists.

Purpose Area 2: Medical Examiner-Coroner Office Accreditation. Competition ID: BJA-2020- 18437

  • Through this funding opportunity, applications are being solicited from ME/C agencies seeking accreditation through an appropriate ME/C accrediting agency. Final determination of the appropriateness of an accrediting body for the purposes of this solicitation will be made by BJA. This program will strengthen the quality of ME/C services in the United States by ensuring that agencies performing postmortem examinations are in compliance with industry and professional standards and performance criteria. Funds may not be used to maintain existing accreditation.

OJP Priority Areas can be found at https://bja.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh186/files/media/document/bja-2020-18435.pdf#page=7.

Eligible expenses can be found at https://bja.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh186/files/media/document/bja-2020-18435.pdf#page=9.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183183

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,000,000

Number of Grants:

Under Purpose Area 1: Maximum number of awards BJA expects to make - 8; Under Purpose Area 2: Maximum number of awards BJA expects to make 10 or 1

Estimated Size of Grant:

Under Purpose Area 1:
- Estimated maximum dollar amount for each award $125,000

Under Purpose Area 2:
- 10 (at $100,000 each) or 1 (totaling $1,000,000)

Term of Contract:

BJA expects to make awards for a 24-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having 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 are as listed below:
- Agencies directly involved in medicolegal death investigations as part of their normal business, such as medical examiner offices and coroner offices
- States (including territories)
- Units of local government
- Federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior) that perform law enforcement functions
- Nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations)
- Institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education)
- Certain qualified individuals

Eligible applicants for Purpose Area 1: Forensic Pathology Fellowships are limited to entities with programs that should meet or exceed the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Eligible applicants for Purpose Area 2: Medical Examiner-Coroner Office Accreditation are limited to domestic medical examiner and coroner offices actively seeking accreditation through an independent accrediting organization such as the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) and the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners (IACME) or other appropriate accrediting bodies.

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

BJA 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). The applicant must be the entity that would have primary responsibility for carrying out the award, including administering the funding and managing the program. Under this solicitation, only one application by any particular applicant entity will be considered. An entity may, however, be proposed as a subrecipient (subgrantee) in more than one application.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Posting Date April 16, 2020
- Closing Date June 15, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. eastern time

To be considered timely, an application must be submitted by the application deadline using Grants.gov, and the applicant must have received a validation message from Grants.gov that indicates successful and timely submission. 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.

Prior to Registering in Grants.gov:
- Acquire a DUNS Number
- Acquire or renew registration with SAM: If the applicant already has an Employer Identification Number (EIN), the SAM registration will take up to 2 weeks to become active. If the applicant does not have an EIN, then the applicant should allow 2 to 5 weeks for obtaining an EIN from the Internal Revenue Service. If the entity does not have an EIN, then the applicant should allow two to five weeks for obtaining the information from the Internal Revenue Service when requesting the EIN via phone, fax, mail or Internet.

Registering with Grants.gov is a one-time process; however, processing delays may occur, and it can take several weeks for first-time registrants to receive confirmation of registration and a user password. OJP encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline. In addition, OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date, in order 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 NCJRS Response Center hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. eastern time, Monday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern time on the solicitation close date.

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

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=326350

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

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

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center:
Toll-free: 1-800-851-3420
Fax: 301-240-5830
TTY: 301-240-6310
Web Chat: https://webcontact.ncjrs.gov/ncjchat/chat.jsp
Email: grants@ncjrs.gov

CFDA Number:

16.037

Funding or Pin Number:

BJA-2020-18436 and BJA-2020-18437

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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