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Intellectual Property Enforcement Program (IPEP)

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    A - Primarily intended to fund technology


    Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)


    The Intellectual Property Enforcement Program (IPEP) is designed to provide national support and improve the capacity of state, local, and tribal criminal justice systems to address IP enforcement, including prosecution, prevention, training, and technical assistance.

    Projects funded under this solicitation shall:

    • establish and/or enhance state, local, tribal, or territorial IP enforcement task forces;
    • engage federal agencies as part of the task force or information-sharing practice (including, where appropriate, local offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcements Homeland Security Investigation (ICE HSI), the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), and the USAO;
    • show possible IP links to organized crime, criminal gangs, and/or drug trafficking; ¢ identify IP thefts in the areas of trade secrets, health, and safety; and commercial online piracy and counterfeiting;
    • conduct quarterly meetings of the task force members to update, discuss, and collaborate on IP investigations, prosecutions, training, and public awareness activities (a detailed plan for this must be documented in the attached timeline); and
    • provide to all relevant partners documented information about targeting, investigation, analysis, and prosecution of matters involving IP crimes as it relates to violations of state and local criminal statutes. 

    In FY 2020, 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).

    History of Funding

    Previously funded projects can be seen at

    Additional Information

    To receive priority consideration under the rural priority, applicants must describe what makes the geographic service area rural (using U.S. Census or other appropriate government data; for assistance, applicants may wish to refer to, how isolated the area is from needed services, and how they will address specific challenges in rural communities.

    To receive priority consideration under the poverty priority, the applicant must provide information to demonstrate that the individuals who are intended to benefit from the requested grant reside in high-poverty areas or persistent poverty counties. For purposes of this priority consideration, the term ˜˜high-poverty area means any census tract with a poverty rate of at least 20 percent as measured by the 20132017 5-year data series available from the American Community Survey of the Census Bureau (applicants may search by census tract at and the term ˜˜persistent poverty counties means any county that has had 20 percent or more of its population living in poverty over the past 30 years, as measured by the 1990 and 2000 decennial censuses and the most recent Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (applicants may search by county at and at

    To receive priority consideration under the Qualified Opportunity Zones priority, applicants must include information that specifies how the project will enhance public safety in the specified QOZs. For resources on QOZs, and for a current list of designated QOZs, see the U.S. Department of the Treasurys resource webpage, accessible at


    National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center

    National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center
    Bureau of Justice Assistance
    810 Seventh Street NW
    Washington, DC 20531
    (800) 851-3420
    (301) 240-5830

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are state, local, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments, and municipal law enforcement agencies.   This includes law enforcement agencies within institutions of higher education and prosecutors.

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted by April 14, 2020. A similar deadline is anticipated bi-annually. 

    Award Details

    Up to $2,400,000 is available in FY 2020 for an anticipated 6 awards of up to $400,000 each. Award periods should begin on October 1, 2020 and last for a 24-month period. Cost sharing/matching is not required. 

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