Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $300,000)
The NIJ is partnering with the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) to launch the NIJ/FSF Forensic Science Student Research Program and begin a collaborative relationship of shaping the next generation of forensic scientists. The NIJ/FSF Forensic Science Student Research Program will require eligible applicants to be students enrolled in a Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) accredited program. The mission of (FEPAC) is to maintain and enhance the quality of forensic science education through a formal evaluation and recognition of college and university academic programs. The primary function of FEPAC is to develop and maintain standards and to administer an accreditation program that recognizes and distinguishes high quality undergraduate and graduate forensic science programs. The FSF will solicit competitive research applications from eligible undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in FEPAC programs. Applications will be peer-reviewed by a panel of forensic scientists and NIJ. Individual awards will be made by the FSF with concurrence by NIJ. Individual award amounts may vary, but will not exceed $7,000 per award. The award may be used to support research activities, excluding personnel costs, and travel for presenting the research. The grant amount also includes money for indirect costs for the FSF and for contractors/consultants. This program will develop a federal link for FEPAC and will assist with the Department of Education recognizing FEPAC as an authorized accrediting body.