Coverdell Forensic Science

The Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grant Program, provides funding to 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.

Funding - State Formula

The Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) is the State Administering Agency for the Coverdell Grant Program in Iowa. ODCP is responsible for submitting the state application to the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) for Iowa's share of the formula portion of the program.

Funding - Competitive Grants

NIJ limits state agencies to a single competitive application from each state. State agencies interested in applying for competitive funding through the Coverdell program should contact Dennis Wiggins at 515-725-0311.

Local agencies are invited to apply directly to the National Institute of Justice for competitive Coverdell funding.