Research and Evaluation for the Testing and Interpretation of Physical Evidence in Publicly Funded Forensic Laboratories

Funding Agency:
Department of Justice


With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals for research and evaluation projects that will:

1. Identify and inform the forensic community of best practices through the evaluation of existing laboratory protocols; and

2. Have a direct and immediate impact on laboratory efficiency, and assist in making laboratory policy decisions.

The intent of this program is to direct the findings of the research and evaluation towards the identification of the most efficient, accurate, reliable, and cost-effective methods for the identification, analysis, and interpretation of physical evidence for criminal justice purposes. The most current forensic science operational needs discussed at the FY 2020 Forensic Science Technology Working Group (TWG) meeting may be found on NIJ’s Forensic Science TWG assists in identifying and prioritizing operational needs and requirements of the field, and are intended to facilitate proposal development.

Deadline: May 18, 2020

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

In general, NIJ is authorized to make grants to, or enter into contracts or cooperative agreements with eligible entities as listed below: States (including territories); Units of local government; Federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior); Nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations); and  Institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education).

Applicants must be, or be partnered with, publicly funded forensic science laboratories that are currently accredited by an independent accrediting or certifying forensic science organization. Publicly funded forensic science laboratories include state, regional, county, municipal, and tribal agencies. 

Under this solicitation, any particular applicant entity may submit more than one application, as long as each application proposes a different project in response to the solicitation. Also, an entity may be proposed as a subrecipient (“subgrantee”) in more than one application.



Funding Type





Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

May 18, 2020