The National Institute of Justice recently announced the that the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program is now seeking proposals for both formula funding as well as competitive funding. To learn more, please visit the NIJ Coverdell National Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program page.
Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program – Competitive Due 4/30/18
Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program – Formula Due 4/30/18
Please note: Important Grants.gov Notice! Grants.gov’s legacy PDF application package was retired on December 31, 2017. Grants.gov Workspace is now the standard application method. Read the Grants.gov blog post that summarizes this transition and provides links to resources for applying for grants using Workspace.
In addition, the NIJ is seeking applications for the following:
DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program (Formula) Due 5/7/18
Forensic DNA Laboratory Efficiency Improvement and Capacity Enhancement Program Due 5/17/18
Evofinder® Automated Ballistic Identification system
Per the Paul Coverdell solicitation, laboratories can “funds may be used to upgrade, lease, or purchase forensic laboratory or medical examiner/coroner’s office equipment and instrumentation” The Evofinder® Automated Ballistics Identification system, which Leeds represents exclusively in the United States, can qualify for such purchase under this program. In laboratories where bullet and cartridge samples from a crime scene need to be matched prior to completing the DNA evidence processing, the Evofinder® can facilitate this process by providing a tool capable of quickly scanning and comparing both sample types to compare samples from a crime scene. By reducing the backlog and waiting period for sample comparison, DNA evidence can then be processed in a more timely fashion. At the same time, scanned samples can simultaneously be compared with any other sample previously entered into the Evofinder® database to show associations between new evidence samples and those collected from previous crime scenes.
Additionally, Leeds’ LCF3-Motorized Firearms & Tool Marks Comparison Microscope
Leeds LCF3-Motorized Comparison Microscope
would also qualify under the Coverdell Program. This innovative design includes two large 9”x7” stages with 3-axis motion that provides 95 mm x 95 mm stage travel can be controlled by various means, including an optional 3D navigation mouse (1 per stage). These large platform stages easily mount Leeds’ Universal sample holders and are ideal for analysis of large tool marks samples or other over-sized pieces of forensic evidence.
Leeds offers a competitive trade-in program if your lab is interested in trading in old microscopes towards the purchase of new Leeds’ products.