DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program

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The goals of NIJ's DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program are to assist eligible states and units of local government to:

  • Process, record, screen and analyze forensic DNA and/or DNA database samples.
  • Increase the capacity of public forensic DNA and DNA database laboratories to process more DNA samples, thereby helping to reduce the number of forensic DNA and DNA database samples awaiting analysis.

Under this program, in general, eligible applicants are given the opportunity, based on their individual needs, to determine what portion of their anticipated funding should be used for capacity building purposes and what portion should be used for analysis of forensic DNA and/or DNA database samples.

To learn more about this program, review past solicitation documents and awards.

Read a discussion with crime laboratory directors about NIJ's capacity enhancement and backlog reduction programs (pdf, 27 pages) Exit Notice.

Date Modified: January 12, 2017