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Connecting Researchers with Forensic Laboratories 

NIJ encourages researchers to seek guidance from, or partner with, forensic practitioners. Researchers can access a list of labs interested in participating in research, and forensic lab practitioners (including federal, state, local, private, or academic) can add their contact information added to this list. Review or get on the list.

Opportunities for NIJ Grantee Community Support 

Driving forensic research to practice is a community effort. Support from practitioners, vendors, and other stakeholders help researchers develop value-adding innovation. Please consider how you may be able to assist NIJ grantees with specific needs to advance their work. View opportunities. 

Current Funding 

Research and Evaluation on Crime Laboratory Systems and Processes, Fiscal Year 2021: With this solicitation NIJ seeks proposals for research and evaluation projects aimed at understanding and strengthening the accuracy and reliability of a crime laboratory’s systems and processes. Closing Date: April 19, 2021 

Forthcoming Funding 

Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, Fiscal Year 2021: NIJ plans to seek proposals from qualified applicants to establish and operate a Forensic Technology Center of Excellence to support NIJ’s research, development, testing, and evaluation process and technology transition activities in all areas of forensic science. 

Research and Development in Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes, Fiscal Year 2021: With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals for rigorous basic or applied research and development projects. An NIJ forensic science research and development grant supports a discrete, specified, circumscribed project that will 1) Increase the body of knowledge to guide and inform forensic science policy and practice; or 2) Lead to the production of useful material(s), device(s), system(s), or method(s) that have the potential for forensic application. 

Research and Evaluation for the Testing and Interpretation of Physical Evidence in Publicly Funded Forensic Laboratories, Fiscal Year 2021: This solicitation seeks applications for research and evaluation studies to produce practical knowledge that has the potential to improve the examination and interpretation of physical evidence in forensic science laboratories. Proposals are expected to identify the forensic science discipline(s) intended to benefit from the project. 

On-Demand Forensic Learning 

On-demand events include online, self-paced training as well as recordings of past events. Review a list of events related to forensic sciences. 


Report: Needs Assessment of Forensic Laboratories and Medical Examiner/Coroner Offices 

Report: A Landscape Study of Laboratory Information Management Systems for Forensic Crime Laboratories

Report: Researcher’s Role in Technology Transition


Date Created: February 8, 2021