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Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program (Coverdell Program) - Competitive


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Notice of Funding Opportunity (
Solicitation Overview


Application Deadline: Jun 24, 2024


Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)


Funds efforts to eliminate forensic science backlogs and address challenges caused by the prevalence of opioids and synthetic drugs. Grants funds to states and local governmental units to improve forensic science and medical examiner/coroner services. Funding must be used for 1 or more of the following objectives:

  • Implement a program designed to enhance and accelerate the timeliness of forensic science or medical examiner/coroner services in the state
  • Remove any backlogs concerning the examination of forensic science evidence
  • Train, support, and hire individuals who are needed to eliminate backlogs, including forensic laboratory staff, and medical and legal death investigators
  • Address new forensic science concerns and forensic science technology
  • Educate and train forensic pathologists
  • Financially support medical and legal death investigation systems to help accredit medical examiner and coroner offices and certify medical and legal death investigators

Funding may be used for the following expense types:

  • Laboratory personnel salaries and benefits, including overtime pay
  • Computerization
  • Laboratory equipment and supplies
  • Accreditation
  • Education, training, and certification
  • Facilities, including renovation and constructions projects
  • Administrative costs

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: Up to $500,000
Project period: 36 months
Estimated number of awards: 15
Estimated total program funding: $4,547,937

Approximately 56% of the total program funding is allocated for projects that specifically address forensic science challenges related to opioids and synthetic drugs.

Who Can Apply

States, including territories, and city, township, or county governments are eligible to apply.

Priority consideration will be given to projects that address specified opioid and synthetic drug related challenges to the forensic science community.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Buildings and Facilities • Capacity Building • Equipment • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing • Training Providers

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and additional information about the application process can be found in the funding announcement.

Applications must be submitted electronically through a 2-step process:

  • Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in by the June 24, 2024 deadline.
  • Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application, including attachments, in the JustGrants grants management system by the July 1, 2024 deadline.


For questions on submitting in

For questions on submitting in JustGrants:

For technical questions:
Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Response Center
TTY at 301-240-6310

Topics This Program Addresses

Healthcare Facilities • Healthcare Workforce • Infrastructure • Justice System • Opioids • Teleservices and Technology