With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals for 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.
The intent of this program is to direct the findings of basic scientific research; foster research and development in broader scientific fields applicable to forensic science; and support ongoing forensic science research toward the development of highly-discriminating, accurate, reliable, cost-effective, and rapid methods for the identification, analysis, and interpretation of forensic evidence for criminal justice purposes.
Projects should address the challenges and needs of the forensic science community, including, but not limited to, the operational needs discussed at NIJ’s FY 2020 Forensic Science Research and Development Technology Working Group meeting, which may be found on NIJ.ojp.gov. Additional research needs of the forensic science community can be found at the Organization of Scientific Area Committees website. While the goals and deliverables of proposed projects are not required to result in immediate solutions to the posted challenges and needs, proposals should at a minimum address the foundational work that will lead to eventual solutions.
Number of Awards: 36
Total Amount Awarded: $16,896,429
3D morphology of blood stain can provide critical information missed in standard bloodstain analysis
Analysis of Small Particles Adhering to the Edges of Duct Tape as a Means to Make Associations in a Way that is Independent of Manufactured Characteristics
Assessing Class Consistency and Common Source Using 3D Virtual Comparison Microscopy in Firearm Forensics
Assessing the Strength of Trace Evidence Fracture Fits Through a Comprehensive, Systematic, and Quantifiable Approach
Body mass estimation using bone micro- and macro-structure: a practical approach using CT imaging and computer analysis
Comprehensive Assessment of Novel Reference Materials and Analytical Methods for the Analysis and Interpretation of Organic and Inorganic Gunshot Residues
Detection of Ignitable Liquid Residues in Fire Debris by Using Direct Analysis in Real Time Mass Spectrometry (DART-MS)
Evaluating the Robustness and Ruggedness of a Statistical Method for Comparison of Mass Spectral Data for Seized Drug Identification
Experimental and numerical investigations for the prediction of depth of calcination of gypsum plasterboards under fire exposure
Front-end differentiation of contributor cell populations and estimation of DNA content in trace biological samples using novel cellular signatures
The “Eligibility” section has been updated to include “Certain qualified individuals.”