DNA Backlog Reduction Program

The goals of NIJ's DNA Backlog Reduction Program is to assist eligible states and units of local government to:

  • Process, record, screen and analyze forensic DNA and/or DNA database samples.
  • Increase the capacity of public forensic DNA and DNA database laboratories to process more DNA samples, thereby helping to reduce the number of forensic DNA and DNA database samples awaiting analysis.

Under this program, in general, eligible applicants are given the opportunity, based on their individual needs, to determine what portion of their anticipated funding should be used for capacity building purposes and what portion should be used for analysis of forensic DNA and/or DNA database samples. Supplemental funding anticipated to be made available under this program to applicants that operate State-designated DNA database laboratories is expected to be used to meet unfunded needs of the DNA database laboratory, but these supplemental funds may be used for other allowable purposes (e.g., forensic DNA sample analysis or laboratory capacity enhancement), should the needs of the DNA database laboratory be satisfied by other means.

To learn more about this program, review past solicitation documents and awards.

Read a discussion with crime laboratory directors about NIJ's capacity enhancement and backlog reduction programs (pdf, 27 pages) Exit Notice.

Date Modified: December 16, 2014