Funding Opportunities Through the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

Forensic science is a critical tool for solving crimes and is used to strengthen evidence-based criminal justice responses. The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) provides federal funding through multiple forensic science programs to combat violent crime, resolve cases, lower recidivism, increase public safety, and enhance justice. Listed below is the list of their latest opportunities.

  • Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence: Grants can help defray costs associated with postconviction DNA testing for violent felony cases (as defined by state law) in which actual innocence might be demonstrated. Learn more and apply for funding.
  • Prosecuting Cold Cases Using DNA: Funding supports a broad range of activities that could lead to the successful prosecution of violent cold case crimes where a suspect (known or unknown) has been identified through DNA evidence. Learn more and apply for funding.
  • ​Strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner (ME/C) System Program: Helps to increase the number of qualified forensic pathologists on your staff with funding for fellowship positions and provides resources for ME/C offices to achieve and maintain accreditation. Learn more and apply for funding.

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