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DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program

FY 2023 Funding Available
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The DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program increases the number of forensic DNA and DNA database samples processed for entry into the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI's) Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) by providing funding for laboratories to process DNA samples and to increase their capacity to process the DNA samples for CODIS upload.

This program is one of the forensic science programs that moved from the National Institute of Justice to BJA in FY 2020. Visit the Forensic Sciences page for additional resources and to learn more about how BJA supports this topical area.

Why This Matters

By providing funding to assist laboratories with processing DNA samples for entry into CODIS, the CEBR Program facilitates evidence-based criminal justice decisions and responses. With increases in capacity to process more DNA samples for entry into CODIS, CEBR-funded laboratories are able to help law enforcement reduce violent crime, support prosecutors in their efforts to meet their mission, and create safer communities.

FY 2023 Program Updates and Changes

Updates are being made to the FY 2023 DNA CEBR Program to align with 34 U.S.C. 40701 (The Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant Program). Learn about the updates in the following resources:

Date Modified: February 9, 2023
Date Created: August 11, 2022