BJA FY 20 Academic-based Drug Field Testing and Training Initiative

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Funding Opportunity ID: 325242
Opportunity Number: BJA-2020-18052
Opportunity Title: BJA FY 20 Academic-based Drug Field Testing and Training Initiative
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Education
Employment, Labor and Training
Humanities (see “Cultural Affairs” in CFDA)
Information and Statistics
Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 16.032
Eligible Applicants: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Agency Code: USDOJ-OJP-BJA
Agency Name: Department of Justice
Bureau of Justice Assistance
Posted Date: Mar 09, 2020
Close Date: May 08, 2020
Last Updated Date: Mar 09, 2020
Award Ceiling: $1,800,000
Award Floor: $0
Estimated Total Program Funding: $2,000,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: Currently, crime and forensics labs across the country are overwhelmed. This backup can often lead to delays in forensic lab testing and analysis, leading to a ripple effect of delayed prosecution and adjudication throughout the system. While some forensic analysis must be conducted in a laboratory environment, other methods are emerging, like rapid drug testing, that can be performed in the field. Currently, a lack of training and technical assistance related to the development and implementation of these technologies and techniques at the local level exists. This program seeks to fill that void. Under this program, BJA will select an applicant to establish a pilot program to develop a nationwide training model, led by an accredited institution of higher learning, pertaining to available rapid identification technology and scientifically sound field collection and testing methods which can be used when drugs are discovered in the field. The training should support evidence collection and testing technologies and methods that are reliable within State and Local court system.
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