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Prosecuting Cold Cases Using DNA

Grants to USA State and Local Governmental Agencies and
Tribal Governments to Address Unsolved Criminal Cases

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:

06/16/20 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Description:

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Grants to USA and Territories state and local governmental agencies and tribal governments to address unsolved criminal cases. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for activities to resolve unsolved violent cases and to decrease the number of violent crime cold cases awaiting prosecution.

Through this program, BJA will provide grant funding to support the prosecution of violent crime cold cases, where DNA from a suspect has been identified (suspect(s) may be known or unknown). Provided that DNA attributed to a known or unknown suspect has been identified, funding support includes investigative activities and crime and forensic analyses that could lead to prosecuting violent crime cold cases, and decreasing the number of violent crime cold cases awaiting prosecution.

All expenditures under this program must relate directly to violent crime cold cases where suspect DNA has been identified, and for activities that may lead to the prosecution of such violent crime cold cases. Federal funds must be used to supplement existing State and local funds for program activities and must not supplant those funds that have been appropriated for the same purpose.

Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables can be found starting at https://bja.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh186/files/media/document/bja-2020-18432.pdf#page=4.

OJP Priority Areas can be found at https://bja.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh186/files/media/document/bja-2020-18432.pdf#page=8.

Permissible Expenses can be found at https://bja.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh186/files/media/document/bja-2020-18432.pdf#page=9.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185681

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$5,000,000

Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 10

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $470,000

Term of Contract:

- Period of Performance start date: October 1, 2020
- Period of Performance duration: 36 months

Eligibility:

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following entities are eligible to apply:
- State and local prosecuting agencies,
- States (including territories),
- Units of local government, and
- Federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior).

Prosecuting agencies, law enforcement, state agencies, or local crime laboratories may partner with the agency that serves as the lead applicant for the award to work toward achieving the program goal of seeking resolution in violent crime cold cases. However, a prosecuting entity must be fully engaged in the project.

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

Ineligible expenses can be found at https://bja.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh186/files/media/document/bja-2020-18432.pdf#page=10.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Posting Date April 17, 2020
- All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 16, 2020.

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: This solicitation does not require a match.

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=326396

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.

Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline:
Phone: 800-518-4726 / 606-545-5035
Web: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/support.html
Email: support@grants.gov

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

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