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Forensic validation

Research and Evaluation in Publicly Funded Forensic Laboratories

The Research and Evaluation for the Testing and Interpretation of Physical Evidence in Publicly Funded Forensic Laboratories (Public Labs) program’s intent is to fund projects that direct the findings of research and evaluation toward the identification of the most efficient, accurate, reliable, and cost-effective methods for the identification, analysis, and interpretation of physical evidence for criminal justice purposes.

NIJ FY 14 Research and Development for Publicly Funded Forensic Science Laboratories to Assess the Testing and Processing of Physical Evidence

Closing Date

NIJ seeks proposals for research, evaluation, and validation projects that will: (1) inform the forensic community of best practices through the evaluation of existing laboratory protocols, (2) result in the production of a validated method(s) that may be replicated by other laboratories in the forensic community, and (3) have a direct and immediate impact on laboratory efficiency and assist in making laboratory policy decisions.