Currently Accepting Applications: Bureau of Justice Assistance Intellectual Property Enforcement Program


The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for “the Intellectual Property Enforcement Program: Protecting Public Health, Safety and the Economy from Counterfeit Goods and Product Piracy”. This program furthers the Department’s mission by assisting state and local jurisdictions in preventing and reducing intellectual property theft and related crime.

Eligible applicants:

  1. Private institutions of higher education;
  2. State governments;
  3. City or township governments;
  4. County governments;
  5. Public and state controlled institutions of higher education;
  6. Native American tribal governments (federally recognized).

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.

BJA welcomes 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 subrecipients (“subgrantees”). BJA will not fund separate applications from different agencies within the same jurisdiction under this solicitation (i.e., a law enforcement agency and prosecutor agency within the same jurisdiction). In these cases, BJA encourages these agencies to form task force partnerships and submit one application for the entire jurisdiction. The applicant must be the entity that would have primary responsibility for carrying out the award, including administering the funding and managing the entire project. Under this solicitation, only one application by any particular applicant entity will be considered. An entity may, however, be proposed as a subrecipient (“subgrantee”) in more than one application.

The deadline for this year’s application is January 31, 2017. This year’s deadline comes a lot earlier than previous years.

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