Research and Development in Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes, Fiscal Year 2020 - Federal Grants

Funding Opportunity Overview

Opportunity NumberNIJ-2020-17294
Opportunity TitleResearch and Development in Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes, Fiscal Year 2020
Opportunity CategoryDiscretionary
Funding Instrument TypeGrant
Post DateMarch 19, 2020 (Thursday)
Last Updated DateMarch 19, 2020 (Thursday)
Close DateMay 18, 2020 (Monday)
Award AmountUp to $20,000,000 (total funding : $20,000,000)

Funding Detail Description

With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals for basic or applied research and development projects. An NIJ forensic science research and development grant supports a discrete, specified, circumscribed project that will: (1) increase the body of knowledge to guide and inform forensic science policy and practice, or (2) lead to the production of useful material(s), device(s), system(s), or method(s) that have the potential for forensic application. The intent of this program is to direct the findings of basic scientific research; research and development in broader scientific fields applicable to forensic science; and ongoing forensic science research toward the development of highly-discriminating, accurate, reliable, cost-effective, and rapid methods for the identification, analysis, and interpretation of physical evidence for criminal justice purposes. Projects should address the challenges and needs of the forensic science community. The operational needs discussed at NIJ's FY 2016 Forensic Science TWG meeting may be found on NIJ.gov. Additional research needs of the forensic science community can be found at the Organization of Scientific Area Committees website. While the goals and deliverables of proposed projects do not necessarily need to result in immediate solutions to the posted challenges or needs, they should speak to them and produce knowledge that adds to work towards eventual resolutions.

Funding Additional Information

Agency NameNational Institute of Justice
Important Dates
Post DateMarch 19, 2020 (Thursday)
Close DateMay 18, 2020 (Monday)
Last Updated DateMarch 19, 2020 (Thursday)
Awards Detail
Award Ceiling$20,000,000
Estimated Total Program Funding$20,000,000
Expected Number Of Awards50
Cost Sharing or Matching RequirementNo
Additional InformationFull Announcement
Additional Information URLhttps://nij.ojp.gov/funding/opportunities/nij-2020-17294

CFDA Numbers

Next CFDA (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance) numbers are associated to this grant.
  • 16.560 - National Institute of Justice Research, Evaluation, and Development Project Grants

Categories of Funding Activities

Categories of Funding Activities

  • Science and Technology and other Research and Development

Category Explanation

  • No Additional Explanation Reported

Funding Eligibility

Eligible Applicants

  • State governments
  • County governments
  • City or township governments
  • Special district governments
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501 (c) (3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501 (c) (3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • For-profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Others

Additional Information on Eligibility

  • See full announcement for eligibility information.

Grantor Contact Information

Grantor ContactFor assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center: toll-free at 1-800-851-3420; via TTY at 301-240-6310 (hearing impaired only); email grants@ncjrs.gov; fax to
(Technical Assistance)