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Forensic Technology Center of Excellence

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $6,000,000)

The NFSTC and its partners have agreed to form a Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCE). The FTCE will work within the framework of the NIJ's National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Centers (NLECTC) system to provide testing, evaluation, technology assistance programs, and other technology services for the criminal justice community. The FTCE will also be responsible for supporting NIJ's research and development programs, identifying technology requirements, testing, evaluating, and demonstrating technologies, supporting the adoption of new technologies, developing technology guidelines, and national technology assistance and support. The FTCE will support the following specific activities: (1) General Forensics and Forensic DNA Technical Working Groups (TWG), (2) Technology adoption activities including technology transfer workshops, evaluations, and exhibitions, (3) DNA Laboratory Audit / Grant Progress Assessment Program, (4) NIJ Expert System Testbed (NEST) Project, (5) The National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology, and the Law's Online Resource, (6) The National Y-STR Database, (7) Conversion of NIJ Publications to Mobile Media, (8) Process Mapping Tools and Methods, (9) Recruiting, Selection, and Retention Study for Laboratory Scientific Staff, (10) NIJ Grantees Summit, and (11) Applied Technology Conference


The purpose of this proposal is to continue funding for the Forensic Technologies Center of Excellence sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs', National Institute of Justice (NIJ). In FY2007 a competitive, peer-reviewed award was made to the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) as a cooperative agreement with NIJ to form and administer the first ever Forensic Technologies Center of Excellence (FTCoE). NIJ's objective for the FTCoE was, and continues to be, the facilitation of the adoption of new tools and technologies into practice by criminal justice agencies through testing, evaluation, and the provision of technology assistance. NFSTC has successfully led the FTCoE through its initial establishment and has provided scientific and technical support to NIJ's research and development efforts; supporting the demonstration, transfer, and adoption of appropriate technology into practice by law enforcement and corrections agencies, courts, and public crime laboratories; assisting in the development and dissemination of technology guidelines and standards; and providing technology assistance, information, and support to law enforcement and other appropriate criminal justice agencies.


Date Created: September 13, 2007