NIJ National Center on Forensics, Fiscal Year 2020

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With this solicitation, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) seeks proposals from qualified applicants to establish and operate the NIJ National Center on Forensics to:

Facilitate a partnership amongst:

  1. A full-service State department of forensic science with a medical examiner function;
  2. An accredited university of higher education with affiliate medical and law schools; and
  3. A statewide district attorneys association.

For the purpose of:

  1. Providing medico-legal learning opportunities for medical students to train as deputy medical examiners/coroners in underserved rural areas;
  2. Providing forensic science and legal training to district attorneys, judges, and law enforcement; and
  3. Developing opportunities, as appropriate, amongst the designated partners to benefit current and future practitioners in the field.

All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 5, 2020.

Applicants must register with prior to submitting an application.

This solicitation is competitive; therefore, NIJ staff cannot have individual conversations with prospective applicants. Any questions concerning the solicitation should be submitted to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service: 1-800-851-3420; TTY at 301-240-6310 (for hearing impaired only); email; fax 301-240-5830; or web chat. See also’s solicitation FAQ page.

The following application elements MUST be included in the application submission for an application to meet the basic minimum requirements (BMR) to advance to peer review and receive consideration for funding: Program Narrative, Budget Detail Worksheet (including Budget Narrative), and resumes/curriculum vitae of key personnel. (For the purposes of this solicitation, “key personnel” means the principal investigator, and any and all co-principal investigators.) Make sure to also go over the application checklist provided in the solicitation before submitting.