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  Funding Opportunity Details
 -286062-FY19 Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Act II
  State Medical Examiner Office
  Application Deadline: 12/13/2018 4:00 PM
Award Amount Range: Not Applicable
Project Start Date: 01/07/2019
Project End Date: 01/11/2019
Award Announcement Date:
Eligible Applicant: All Iowa county boards of supervisors and or Native American tribal councils
Program Officer: John McMullen
Phone: 515-281-6646 x
Categorical Area:

It is the responsibility of the Applicant to reveiw all attachments listed in the section below, including the Application Guidance.

The issuance of the Application in no way constitutes a committment by IDPH to award a contract. 

Excerpts from the Application:




The Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner is providing three (3) grants for the reimbursement of expenses incurred for medicolegal death investigation training for county medical examiners, deputy county medical examiners, and/or county medical examiner investigators.


Priority in awards will be given to Iowa counties and/or Native American reservations/settlements in Iowa that do not presently have medical examiners or investigative personnel who have received medicolegal death investigator training.


Funding Source and Available Funds


Funding is provided through an award from the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Act through the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy. The total funding available is $6,060 for up to 3 awards.  Each applicant selected to receive a portion of these grant funds will be reimbursed up to $2,020 for actual expenses incurred during the St. Louis University School of Medicine’s Medicolegal Death Investigator Training Course, which will be held January 7 - 11, 2019.  The costs incurred that will be reimbursed through this grant include the course registration fee of $850, hotel accommodations (five nights) at the Hyatt Riverfront in St. Louis, Missouri and travel expenses (if traveling by vehicle, mileage will be reimbursed at the state rate).  No food or beverage expenses will be reimbursed as part of this grant.




In the Budget section you will click on “Add”, in the deliverable box you should type in Flat Fee and in the dollar amount you should enter $2020.00.


Contract Period:


The contract period is anticipated to be January 7-11, 2019.  All applicants must be able to attend the January 7-11, 2019 session of the Medicolegal Death Investigator Training Course in St. Louis, MO. (See for further course information.)


Eligibility Requirements:


All Iowa county boards of supervisors and or Native American tribal councils may apply for funding for their respective county medical examiner offices / investigative personnel. The signature of the county board of supervisor chair, vice-chair, county auditor or the tribal chair or vice-chair must be provided on the application along with the county’s or reservation’s/settlement’s demographic information as requested in the application form instructions.


Application Creation:


The application will consist of multiple required forms  available within the Electronic Grant Management system at


Each form of the application must be completed in its entirety or IowaGrants will not permit the application to be submitted.


Each individual within the applicant organization who desires access to the application must be registered in IowaGrants (refer to section 2.01 and the ‘New User Registration Instructions for’ document posted under the Attachments section of this Funding Opportunity).  The first user to initiate an application for a Funding Opportunity is designated by the system as the primary user (Registered Applicant) for that application. This primary user can add additional registered users as Grantee Contacts within their organization to the Funding Opportunity for completion/edit/review of forms and submission of the application. If multiple users are editing the same form within an application at the same time, the last saved version will over-ride any changes made by other users.  


IowaGrants will permit multiple registered users of the applicant organization to create separate applications for the same Funding Opportunity, thereby creating multiple applications for the same Funding Opportunity. The applicant is responsible for ensuring only one entire application is completed and submitted.


Schedule of Important Dates


The table below lists critical dates in the application and contract award process.  Contractors are encouraged to review the entire Application Guidance document for detailed information about events, dates, times and sites.





November 30, 2018

Applications Due

December 13, 2018

Post Notice of Intent to Award

December 20, 2018



 Click on the File Name to open attachment
Description File Name File Size
A. FY19 Coverdell Application Instructions A. FY19 Coverdell Application Instructions.pdf 154 KB
B. IowaGrants Registration Instructions B. IowaGrants Registration Instructions Updated 2016.pdf 873 KB
C. IDPH Application Instruction Guidance C. IDPH Application Instruction Guidance 2016.pdf 1.9 MB
D. Coverdell DRAFT Service Agreement Template D. Coverdell DRAFT Service Agreement Template.doc (1).pdf 186 KB
E. FY19 Coverdell Application DRAFT Score Tool E. FY19 Coverdell Application DRAFT Score Tool.pdf 73 KB
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