Overview and Award Schedule
New: A Special Solicitation for Opioid-Related Projects has been released as part of the 2018 Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Program. The alarming proliferation of heroin and synthetic opioids like fentanyl have had a crushing effect on many crime laboratories. Synthetic opioids in particular may be more difficult to analyze than traditional opiates, and validating methods for new drugs as they emerge may significantly slow processing of these samples. Medical examiners and forensic pathologists have also been overwhelmed with the volume of autopsies as a result of heroin and synthetic drug-related overdose deaths. To address these issues, this special solicitation is for opioid-related projects only. The program narrative should describe the challenges posed by the opioid abuse crisis and how the requested funds would help to address them.
The purpose of the Coverdell Grant Program is to assist state agencies and local units of government in carrying out specific programs to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner services. Among other things, funds may be used to eliminate backlogs in the analysis of forensic evidence, and to train forensic laboratory personnel, as needed, to eliminate such a backlog. Grants will pay for 100 percent of the program costs and successful applications under this special solicitation will have a six month grant period. The deadline for new user registration requests is March 22, 2019 and the application deadline is April 5, 2019 via SCDPS’ new web-based application tool, SCDPS Grants, located at www.scdpsgrants.com. You may refer to the FY 2019 CJ/JJ Grant Solicitation Workshop Presentation below for step-by-step instructions on navigating SCDPS Grants.