John Bel Edwards
Sheriff Sid Gautreaux
Jim Craft
Executive Director




The Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program awards grants to States and units of local government to help improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner services. 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. States may apply for both "base" (formula) and competitive funds. Units of local government may apply for competitive funds. No cash or in-kind match is required.

 A State or unit of local government that receives a Coverdell grant must use the grant for one or more of these three purposes: 

  • To carry out all or a substantial part of a program intended to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science or medical examiner services in the State, including those services provided by laboratories operated by the State and those operated by units of local government within the State.
  • To eliminate a backlog in the analysis of forensic science evidence, including, among other things, a backlog with respect to firearms examination, latent prints, toxicology, controlled substances, forensic pathology, questioned documents, and trace evidence.
  • To train, assist, and employ forensic laboratory personnel as needed to eliminate such a backlog.

 Anticipated results for agencies receiving Coverdell grant are:

  •  Reduction in the number of days between submission of a sample to a forensic science laboratory and delivery of test results to a requesting office or agency.
  • Reduction of the number of backlogged forensic cases waiting analysis.
  • Increase in the number of forensic science or medical examiner personnel who completed appropriate training or educational opportunities with Coverdell funds.

LCLE - Paul Coverdell Forensic Sciences Improvement Grants Program Administrators can be reached at 225.342.1500. 

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updated 02/02/2016