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Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grant Program

The Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Program awards grants to states and units of local government to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner services and/or to eliminate backlogs in the analysis of forensic science, including controlled substances, firearms examination, forensic pathology, latent prints, questioned documents, toxicology and trace evidence. The amount each agency receives is based on a formula of the number of forensic scientists and medical examiners in each laboratory.


  • OCJS contacts eligible applicants for application deadlines and materials
  • Project Period: January - December
  • All projects must have an organization or subgrantee that will serve as the fiduciary agent and assume overall responsibility for the grant. Eligible subgrantees include:
    • A unit of local government or council of governments. A unit of local government has the legislative autonomy, jurisdiction, and authority to act in certain circumstances. Units of local government include a city, county, township, or village. If two or more jointly apply, they must designate one body to take the lead role and identify that agency's fiscal officer.

Reporting Requirements

Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grant Program Annual Reporting Requirement

  1. Please provide a summary and assessment of the program carried out with the fiscal year funding including a comparison of pre-grant and post-grant forensic science capabilities.
  2. Average number of days between submission of a sample to a forensic science laboratory system in the State operated by the State or by a unit of local government and the delivery of test results to the requesting office or agency.
  3. Identification of the number and type of cases currently accepted by the forensic science laboratory or forensic science laboratory system.
  4. Please provide information regarding any allegations of serious negligence or misconduct substantially affecting the integrity of forensic results received during the award, including any extensions approved by OCJS.

Please submit this report when the final QSR is submitted, or at the close of your program. All reports can be sent directly to Deborah Daniels, dadaniels@dps.ohio.gov.

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