Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvements Fiscal Year 2014/2015

Office of Criminal Justice System Improvements (OCJSI)
Request for Applications
Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvements Fiscal Year 2014/2015

Funding Announcement and Guidelines (.pdf)

The application must be electronically submitted in the PCCD Egrants System.

Announcement Date:   May 1, 2014 
Deadline for application submission:  July 11, 2014

This is a competitive solicitation.  Late submissions and materials not received in Egrants will not be considered.

Agencies eligible for participation:
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) is now accepting applications from state, county or municipal forensic crime laboratories, county district attorneys, medical examiners and county coroners for funds to improve the quality, timeliness and credibility of forensic science services to the criminal justice system.  This solicitation does not permit expenses related to personnel and benefits but does allow for consultants.   Funds to support these projects are being made available through limited Paul Coverdell National Forensic Science Improvement Act (NFSIA) funds administered by PCCD, which must be fully expended no later than September 30, 2015.  Applications will be reviewed on a competitive basis.  PCCD expects to make a limited number of grant awards. It is planned that awards to successful applicants will be made in September 2014 for projects beginning October 1, 2014.
Contact Person: 
PCCD staff may only field questions to clarify the Funding Announcement, and will not be able to answer questions about how a potential Applicant should respond to any particular section of the Application.  For further information concerning this Funding Announcement, please contact Paul Leeper at either (717) 265-8499 or by email at   

Questions concerning the Egrants system should be made directly to the Egrants Help Desk by phoning (717) 787-5887 or toll-free within Pennsylvania at (800) 692-7292, option 9 and then option 6.  Please note:  While Egrants will accept your application up until midnight of the due date, Help Desk staff will not be available after 4:00 p.m.