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Connecting Researchers with Publicly-Funded Forensic Laboratories

Are you a postgraduate researcher with an interest in forensics? Are you a foresnic laboratory with interest in participating in research to improve your operations? If so, the National Institute of Justice has a program that can help you. 
Date Published
April 1, 2019

Solicitation closed

The fiscal year 2019 solicitation for this program has closed.

As part of our Research and Evaluation for the Testing and Interpretation of Physical Evidence in Publicly Funded Forensic Laboratories program, NIJ welcomes public-private partnerships. Applicants must be, or be partnered with, publicly-funded forensic science laboratories that are currently accredited by an independent accrediting or certifying forensic science organization.
Under this program, we annually make awards for research and evaluation projects that will:

Under this program, we annually make awards for research and evaluation projects that will:

  1. Identify and inform the forensic community of best practices through the evaluation of existing laboratory protocols.
  2. Have a direct and immediate impact on laboratory efficiency and assist in making laboratory policy decisions. 
This year, research organizations may apply directly, as long as they are partnered with an appropriate public lab.

View a list of past awards made under this solicitation.

Make the Connection

The table below provides leads for anticipated research opportunities. The labs listed have expressed an interest in connecting with researchers under this program.

We encourage you to reach out to these labs to discuss preparing an application for the forthcoming solicitation. Work under any award made would begin in January 2019.

Note, there are no guarantees of placement or projects until awards are made.

Public Lab Contact Information
Laboratory
Contact(s) Area of Interest/Discipline
Hamilton County (Ohio) Coroner's Office
Edward “Chip” Pollock
O: (916) 874-1759
  • Trace Evidence
  • DNA and possible genetic genealogy as it applies to forensic cases
  • Forensic Toxicology
  • Firearms and Toolmarks
  • Impression Evidence
Hamilton County (Ohio) Coroner's Office
Michael A. Trimpe
O: (513) 946-8761
Research involving the analysis of fentanyl analogs comparing the use of GC/MS to LC/MS/MS in Forensic Toxicology.
Houston Forensic Science Center
Dr. Amy Castillo, Chief Operations Officer
O: (713) 308-2680
C: (832) 993-0148

Dr. Preshious Rearden, Director of Research and Development
O: (713) 308-2615
  1. Blind quality control systems for laboratory Quality Assurance programs. Disciplines to consider, toxicology, latent prints, biology, firearms, controlled substances, digital multimedia, crime scene investigation.
  2. Evidence management technologies and process engineering. Particularly, RFID evidence tracking and evidence inventory and tracking improvements and process engineering for very high reliability handling of 200,000+ evidence items per year
  3. Data analytics. Including (but not limited to) data analytics and data visualization for process engineering and process optimization analytics (all disciplines). Data visualization and analytic tools for case related data (all disciplines).
  4. Document management technologies and integration to Laboratory Information Management Systems. Particularly interested in technologies and processes for document management that maintain documentation for public access while maintaining document integrity and security considerations.
Colorado Bureau of Investigation
Lisa Yoshida, Training, Research, and Development Manager
O: 303-463-7025
  • Crime Scene Processing
  • DNA
  • Serology/Body Fluid Identification
  • Drug Chemistry
  • Firearms/Toolmarks
  • Latent Prints
  • Toxicology
  • Trace- gunshot residue, fibers, or fire debris
D.C. Department of Forensic Sciences
Paul Reedy
O: 202-481-3541
C: 202-834-2652
  • Latent fingerprints
    • Evaluation of GYRO system in determining analysts threshold in making identifications.
    • Impact of USACIL-created FRStat statistical software program in changing an analysts identification determination.
  • Firearms examination
    • EVO Finder or some type of 3D imaging
  • Forensic biology
    • Next Gen DNA typing
  • Forensic chemistry
    • Evaluation of DART-MS system for Rapid Drug Screening
Virginia Department of Forensic Science
Elise Stroble
O: 804-588-4131
  • Forensic Biology
Boston Police Crime Laboratory
Kathryne Hall (O): (617) 343-5789 The purpose of this research is to provide evidence that the identification of intact spermatozoa (sperm heads with attached tails) is a significant finding in sexual assault related cases and specifically in sexual assault homicide cases where the time since intercourse may be a relevant factor in solving the crime.
Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
Jim Iverson
  • Firearms and Toolmarks
  • Latent Prints
  • Forensic Biology/DNA
  • Evidence Processing
  • Crime Scene Documentation
  • Forensic Chemistry

National Institute of Justice, "Connecting Researchers with Publicly-Funded Forensic Laboratories," April 1, 2019, nij.ojp.gov:
http://nij.ojp.gov/topics/articles/connecting-researchers-publicly-funded-forensic-laboratories
Date Created: April 1, 2019