Funding for DNA Analysis, Capacity Enhancement and Other Activities

We are dedicated to improving the understanding of crime and justice issues through science. Since 2008, NIJ has received annual appropriations for the purposes of various DNA and other forensic science activities. These purposes include support for DNA analysis and laboratory capacity enhancement and support for the forensic science research, development and evaluation that provides knowledge and tools to improve the quality and practice of forensic science and therefore reduce crime and improve public safety.

Each year we consider how to allocate DNA and other forensic activity funds based on needs such as the demand to increase capacity[1] and reduce DNA backlog, NIJ technology working group recommendations, results from studies and new findings, and strategic priorities and perspectives for each of the programs.

In the table below, find links to reports on each fiscal year (as available) and links to lists of awards related to each forensic activity funded.

YearReportAward Lists
2013 2013 report (pdf, 12 pages)
2012 2012 Report (pdf, 9 pages)
2011 2011 Report (pdf, 399 pages)
2010 2010 Report (pdf, 144 pages)
2009Not available
2008Not available


[1] Under the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program (the Coverdell program), NIJ also awards grants to states and units of local government to help improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner services. Among other things, funds may be used to eliminate a backlog in the analysis of forensic evidence and to train and employ forensic laboratory personnel, as needed, to eliminate such a backlog.

Date Created: May 29, 2015