The NIJ’s DNA Backlog Reduction Program was put in place to assist eligible states and units of local government to:
- Process, record, screen and analyze forensic DNA and/or DNA database samples.
- Increase the capacity of public forensic DNA and DNA database laboratories to process more DNA samples, thereby helping to reduce the number of forensic DNA and DNA database samples awaiting analysis.
In speaking with forensic examiners, we understand this grant opportunity is ideal for labs trying to generating funds to purchase DNA analysis equipment such as the LSV, Leeds Spectral Vision system. Forensic laboratories can apply for this grant, but take into consideration this information provided on NIJ’s website:
(l) Use of funds for other forensic sciences
Further information about the Debbie Smith Act: 42 USC § 14135 – The Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant Program:
Further information about the DNA Backlog Reduction Program: