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NIJ Announces $1.3 Million to Fund Research in Public Forensic Laboratories in 2022

Since 2015, NIJ has administered a dedicated program to support research within forensic laboratories.

On September 30th, 2022, NIJ announced $1.3 million in funding to support four new projects under its Research and Evaluation for the Testing and Interpretation of Physical Evidence in Publicly Funded Forensic Laboratories (Public Labs R&E) program. Through its forensic science research funding, NIJ continues to improve the examination and interpretation of physical evidence across the community of practice through identification of the most efficient, accurate, reliable, and cost-effective methods of analysis.

“These awards demonstrate how research can be accomplished within publicly funded crime laboratories. Awards like these can have a direct and immediate impact on laboratory efficiency and lead to better informed lab policy decisions” said NIJ Director Nancy La Vigne. “NIJ is committed to finding innovative ways to cultivate research in the forensic sciences. This program represents those efforts.”

Funding Highlights for 2022

Since 2015, NIJ has invested over $10 million in 38 projects under its Public Labs R&E program. The program was developed specifically to enable research at public forensic laboratories to identify efficient, accurate, reliable, and cost-effective methods of analysis. The goal is to use evaluation and improvement of existing laboratory protocols or comparison of an existing protocol to an emerging method to develop techniques or protocols that can be shared with the forensic community and benefit or aid decision making by lab directors and other forensic administrators.

The following are this year’s new projects:

These projects support the goals of NIJ’s “Forensic Science Strategic Research Plan, 2022-2026.”

Date Published: November 22, 2022