Paul Coverdell Forensic Sciences Improvement Program

Purpose of Funds: The Paul Coverdell program is an on-going program funded through the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and, as the name implies, is focused on improving the quality and timeliness of forensic science activities within the state.

Eligibility & Requirements: The State must have developed a plan for forensic sciences laboratories that is designed to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science or medical examiner services and must specifically describe the manner in which grant funds will be used to carry out that plan. States are expected to consider the needs of laboratories operated by units of local government as well as those operated by the State. 

Solicitation Schedule: The Coverdell program federal announcement is typically issued in April of each year. The OAJJA works with the Colorado Bureau of Investigations to solicit applications from state and local laboratories in January to solicit applications for inclusion in the state's federal application. Successful application grant periods are generally October 1 to September 30 of each year.

2017 & 2018 Coverdell Projects
2016 Coverdell Projects

2019 - 2024 Colorado Statewide Forensic Science Plan

Staff Contact Information: 
Kristy Wilson
Colorado Division of Criminal Justice 
Office of Adult and Juvenile Justice Assistance
700 Kipling St. 
Denver, CO 80215 
Phone: (303) 239-4567
Toll Free: (800) 201-1325 
Fax: (303) 239-4491