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FY24 Competitive DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program

Opportunity ID
Solicitation Status
Fiscal Year
Closing Date
Posting Date
Solicitation Type
Grants.gov Deadline
May 22, 2024, 8:59 pm Eastern
Application JustGrants Deadline
June 3, 2024, 8:59 pm Eastern

With this solicitation, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) seeks to fund states and units of local government with existing crime laboratories that conduct DNA analysis to solve crimes and protect public safety by maximizing the effective utilization of DNA technology to process DNA samples for entry into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).

Funding under this program is to increase the capacity of publicly funded forensic DNA laboratories to conduct analysis of crime scene samples for entry into CODIS. The program is designed to fairly and efficiently prioritize jurisdictions facing challenges in addressing backlogs by considering key performance measures reported by publicly funded forensic DNA laboratories.

This opportunity is for Competitive funding only. See BJA’s FY24 Formula CEBR Program solicitation for formula funding.

Eligible Applicants:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Public- and state-controlled institutions of higher education
  • State governments

Review answers to frequently asked questions related to this program and opportunity.

On April 23, 2024, BJA hosted a webinar to provide details about this opportunity and offer a chance for participants to ask questions. Webinar materials:


See the solicitation for additional opportunity and eligibility details, as well as directions on how to apply.

Date Created: March 26, 2024