The National Institute of Standards and Technology, in collaboration with the National Institute of Justice and its Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, is in the process of developing best practices for the management of physical evidence in our criminal justice system.
In order to engage stakeholders, inform recommendations, identify knowledge gaps, and develop educational opportunities, we must hear from those who manage property and evidence directly. The Evidence Management Survey is an important tool to obtain this information and will be used to increase awareness about strengths and challenges in the evidence management industry. The survey will close on April 2, 2021 and is open to both U.S. and international agencies.
Learn more and complete the survey.
NIJ anticipates release within weeks for the FY 2021 solicitations under its annual programs supporting forensic science R&D:
- Research and Development in Forensic Sciences for Criminal Justice Purposes
- Research and Evaluation in Publicly Funded Forensic Laboratories
Applicants can expect the FY 2021 funding opportunities to be similar to those from FY 2020, with only minor changes:
- Research in certain forensic disciplines is no longer excluded.
- Factors receiving priority consideration have minor revisions to align with FY2021 administration priorities.
NIJ expects a similar scope and scale for these programs as in FY 2020. For reference, 184 applications were peer reviewed and 36 awards were made under the FY 2020 Forensic Science R&D solicitation. Likewise, 20 applications were peer reviewed and 5 awards were made under the FY 2020 Public Labs solicitation. Explore these links for full solicitation texts and award details.
NIJ has transitioned to a new proposal submission interface, JustGrants. NIJ encourages potential applicants to familiarize themselves with the new application process early, to avoid submission delays.
Forensic science is the application of sciences such as physics, chemistry, biology, computer science and engineering to matters of law.
NIJ’s forensic science research and development program focuses on basic and applied scientific research with the intent to:
- Direct the findings of basic scientific research in broader scientific fields applicable to forensic science.
- Apply forensic science research to the development of highly discriminating, accurate, reliable, cost-effective, rapid methods for the identification, analysis and interpretation of physical evidence.
- Expand the scientific basis of forensic methods.
- Produce useful materials, devices, systems or methods that have the potential for forensic application.
- Increase the body of knowledge to guide and inform forensic science policy and practice.
NIJ's Forensic Science Technology Center of Excellence presents Just Science, a podcast for forensic science professionals.
Just Science interviews Dr. Jonathan McGrath, Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of Investigative and Forensic Sciences at the National Institute of Justice, about the recently published NIJ Needs Assessment of Forensic Laboratories and Medical Examiner, Coroner Offices Report to Congress.