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FY 2021 Intellectual Property Enforcement Program: Protecting Public Health, Safety, and the Economy from Counterfeit Goods and Product Piracy

Grants to USA Agencies and Prosecutors to
Support Eligible Law Enforcement Activities

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

Deadline Date:

03/16/21 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA government agencies, tribes, law enforcement agencies including campus agencies within IHEs, and prosecutors for law enforcement activities related to intellectual property. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete.

The Intellectual Property Enforcement Program (IPEP) is designed to improve the capacity of state, local, tribal, and territorial criminal justice systems to address intellectual property (IP) enforcement, including prosecution, prevention, and training and technical assistance. Funding awards will support law enforcement agencies which have an IP enforcement task force or plan to create one. These task forces will collaborate with relevant state, local, territorial, tribal, and federal agencies, including their local U.S. Attorney’s Office, to fulfill program goals.

The goals of this program is to improve coordination of intellectual property (IP) enforcement efforts among federal, state, and local authorities contributes to the Department’s priority of reducing crime. These efforts shall include aggressive investigating and prosecuting a wide range of IP crimes, with a particular focus on: (1) public health and safety; (2) theft of trade secrets and economic espionage; and (3) large scale commercial counterfeiting and piracy.

This coordination will include IP task force members and federal agencies meetings to update, discuss, and collaborate on IP investigations, prosecutions, training, and public awareness activities.  The information to be shared through these task forces must include information about targeting, investigation, analysis, and prosecution of matters involving IP crimes as it relates to violations of state and local criminal statutes and federal prosecutions.

For Objectives and Deliverables, see https://bja.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh186/files/media/document/O-BJA-2021-46004.pdf#page=5.

OJP Priority Areas

In FY 2021, and in addition to executing any statutory prioritization that may be applicable, OJP will give priority consideration to applications as follows:

  • Applications that address specific challenges that rural communities face.
  • Applications that demonstrate that the individuals who are intended to benefit from the requested grant reside in high-poverty areas or persistent-poverty counties.
  • Applications that offer enhancements to public safety in economically distressed communities (Qualified Opportunity Zones).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183575

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,400,000

Number of Grants:

6

Estimated Size of Grant:

Anticipated maximum dollar amount of awards: $400,000

Term of Contract:

- Period of performance start date: October 1, 2021 12:00 AM
- Period of performance duration: 24 months

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
City or township governments, County governments, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Special district governments, State governments

BJA will consider applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (subgrantees).

The applicants would include law enforcement agencies and prosecutors from the eligibility list above. For the purpose of this solicitation, the following definitions shall apply:
(A) “Law enforcement” shall include state, local, tribal, municipal, or campus law enforcement agencies, to include prosecutors in these jurisdictions.
(B) “Intellectual property enforcement” means matters relating to the enforcement of criminal laws protecting copyrights, patents, trademarks, other forms of intellectual property (IP), and trade secrets, both in the United States and abroad, including in particular matters relating to combating counterfeit and infringing goods.

For purposes of this solicitation, “state” means any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Pre-Application Information:

The SF-424 and the SF-LLL will be submitted in Grants.gov by March 16, 2021 at 11:59 pm. OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date to allow time for the applicant to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from Grants.gov and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

The full application will be submitted in JustGrants by March 30, 2021 at 11:59 pm.

In FY 2021, applications will be submitted to DOJ in a new two-step process:
- Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in Grants.gov. To register in Grants.gov, applicants will need to obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and System for Award Management (SAM) registration or renewal.
- Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application including attachments in JustGrants.

To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=330478

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For technical assistance with submitting the SF-424 and SF- LLL in Grants.gov, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726, 606-545-5035, at Grants.gov customer support webpage, or email at support@grants.gov. The Grants.gov Support Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on federal holidays.

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in DOJ’s Justice Grants System (JustGrants), contact the JustGrants Service Desk at JustGrants.Support@usdoj.gov or at 833-872-5175. The JustGrants Service Desk operates 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST Monday - Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and federal holidays.

CFDA Number:

16.752

Funding or Pin Number:

O-BJA-2021-46004

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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