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NIJ Awards Over $14M to Support Forensic Science Research and Development

Since 2009, NIJ has funded 607 research projects through its Forensic Science R&D program, making it a leader in the advancement of forensic science.

On December 17, 2022, NIJ, a component of the Office of Justice Programs, announced $14.4 million in funding to support 30 forensic science research and development projects in fiscal year 2021 under its Research and Development in Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes solicitation. Through its research and development (R&D) grant funding, NIJ continues to advance the speed, accuracy, and reliability of forensic analysis, which ultimately bolsters the administration of justice.

“With these awards, NIJ continues its dedication to strengthening the criminal justice system through forensic science research and development,” said Lucas Zarwell, director of NIJ’s Office of Investigative and Forensic Sciences. “We appreciate all the innovative and dedicated scientists who are committed to increasing our understanding of or producing useful technologies for the forensic sciences.”

Funding Highlights for Fiscal Year 2021

Since 2009, NIJ has invested $270 million in its R&D in Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes  program – its largest funding portfolio – making it a global leader in the advancement of forensic science. The program spans a wide breadth of disciplines from forensic DNA to seized drugs to forensic anthropology and more. The following are a few examples from this year’s awards:

See the list of fiscal year 2021 awards.

Date Published: December 17, 2021