BJA FY 20 Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence

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Funding Opportunity ID: 326372
Opportunity Number: BJA-2020-18438
Opportunity Title: BJA FY 20 Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Employment, Labor and Training
Humanities (see “Cultural Affairs” in CFDA)
Information and Statistics
Law, Justice and Legal Services
Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 16.820
Eligible Applicants: State governments
County governments
City or township governments
Special district governments
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Agency Code: USDOJ-OJP-BJA
Agency Name: Department of Justice
Bureau of Justice Assistance
Posted Date: Apr 16, 2020
Close Date: Jun 15, 2020
Last Updated Date: Apr 16, 2020
Award Ceiling: $500,000
Award Floor: $0
Estimated Total Program Funding: $5,400,000
Expected Number of Awards: 12
Description: The goal of this program is to assist states and units of local government with postconviction DNA testing in cases of violent felony offenses where actual innocence might be demonstrated. Program objectives with respect to target number of cases to be reviewed and other concrete goals must be outlined in the proposal. Funded projects are expected to implement some aspect of each of the following activities, except for case identification, which is not mandatory: 1. Identify potential postconviction DNA testing cases. A maximum of 15 percent of the proposed budget may be dedicated to case identification activities. 2. Review appropriate postconviction cases to identify those in which DNA testing could prove the actual innocence of a person convicted of a violent felony offense as defined by state law. 3. Locate biological evidence associated with such postconviction cases. 4. Perform DNA analysis of appropriate biological evidence.
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