DNA Backlog Reduction Program

 

To assist eligible States and units of local government to process, record, screen, and analyze forensic DNA and/or DNA database samples to 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 and to use DNA analysis, and other forensic technologies to assist with cold/unsolved cases and missing person/unidentified human remains cases..

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
16.741
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Justice
Office: National Institute of Justice
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Authorization
An act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
See the current fiscal year’s solicitation available at www.nij.gov.
Beneficiary Eligibility
See the current fiscal year’s solicitation available at www.nij.gov.
Credentials/Documentation
The application must include: Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424); Program Abstract; Program Narrative; Budget and Budget Narrative.

Regarding the question below relating to the applicability of 2 CFR 200, Subpart E – Cost Principles: The cost principles are generally applicable, except with respect to for-profit entities or to organizations listed at Appendix VIII to 2 CFR Part 200. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact assessment is required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. See the current fiscal year’s solicitation available at www.nij.gov
Award Procedure
NIJ may use internal peer reviewers (DOJ employees), external peer reviewers, or a combination, to assess applications meeting basic minimum requirements on technical merit using the solicitation’s selection criteria. Peer reviewers’ ratings and any resulting recommendations are advisory only, although their views are considered carefully. Absent explicit statutory authorization or written delegation of authority to the contrary, all final award decisions will be made by the Assistant Attorney General (Office of Justice Programs), who may consider factors including, but not limited to, underserved populations, geographic diversity, strategic priorities, past performance under prior NIJ and OJP awards, and available funding when making awards.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. See the current fiscal year’s solicitation available at www.nij.gov.
Appeals
For statutory formula awards, see 28 C.F.R. Part 18. There are no appeal rights for rejection of a discretionary application, but for discretionary awards, see 28 C.F.R. Part 18.
Renewals
Please contact the program office for information.
How are proposals selected?
See the current fiscal year’s solicitation available at www.nij.gov.
How may assistance be used?
See the current fiscal year’s solicitation available at www.nij.gov.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. See the current fiscal year’s solicitation available at www.nij.gov, and the DOJ Grants Financial Guide, available at www.ojp.gov. See the current fiscal year’s solicitation available at www.nij.gov, and the DOJ Grants Financial Guide, available at www.ojp.gov. See the current fiscal year’s solicitation available at www.nij.gov, and the DOJ Grants Financial Guide, available at www.ojp.gov. To assist the Department with fulfilling its responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, Public Law 111–352, applicants that receive funding under this program must provide data that measure the results of their work done under this solicitation. Performance measures and data expected to be provided are as specified in the current fiscal year’s solicitation.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. See 2 CFR 200 for audit requirements.
Records
See 2 C.F.R . § 200.334 for the government-wide requirements for retention requirements for records.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Program awards are for a 24-month project period. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: See the current fiscal year’s solicitation available at www.nij.gov, and the DOJ Grants Financial Guide, available at www.ojp.gov.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
Charles Heurich U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
National Institute of Justice
810 7th Street, N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Email: Charles.Heurich@usdoj.gov Phone: (202) 616-9264
Website Address
http://www.usdoj.gov/nij.
Financial Information
Account Identification
15-0401-0-1-754.
Obligations
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $100,897,913; FY 15 est $100,000,000; and FY 16 est $100,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
See 2 CFR Part 200, 2 CFR Part 2800, the current fiscal year’s solicitation available at www.nij.gov, and the DOJ Grants Financial Guide, available at www.ojp.gov.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: See the NIJ website at www.nij.gov.

Information on past awarded NIJ projects can be accessed at www.nij.gov/funding/awards/Pages/welcome.aspx. Fiscal Year 2015: See the NIJ website at www.nij.gov.

Information on past awarded NIJ projects can be accessed at www.nij.gov/funding/awards/Pages/welcome.aspx. Fiscal Year 2016: See the NIJ website at www.nij.gov.

Information on past awarded NIJ projects can be accessed at www.nij.gov/funding/awards/Pages/welcome.aspx.

 



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