Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $6,000,000)
This proposal is submitted in support of the FY2008 supplemental 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 FY 2007, the NIJ awarded the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) a cooperative agreement to form and administer the first ever Forensic Technologies Center of Excellence (FTCoE). The 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. In FY 2008, NFSTC and its partners will support the following programs; (1) The DNA Laboratory Audit / Grant Assessment Program, (2) General Forensics Technical Working Group Support and various other forensic meetings, (3) Technology Adoption Activities, (4) NIJ Expert System Testbed, (5) Science, Technology, and the Law Online Resource, (6) National Y-STR Database, (7) Mobile Media Conversion of NIJ Publications, (8) Process Mapping Methods and Tools, (9) NIJ DNA/Coverdell Grantee Summit, (10) Applied Technologies Conference. The objective for the FY 2008 programs will focus on developing and delivering programs that support the NIJ's DNA Initiatives and Forensic Backlog Reduction efforts. Each project funded under this supplement will support this objective and will be approved by the NIJ Program Manager prior to proceeding.