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Forensic Sciences


2021 Forensic Science Research Federal Stakeholders Public Meeting

NIJ and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in partnership with the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence , will hold a Forensic Science Research Federal Stakeholders meeting on November 8, 2021, from 9:00AM to 1:00PM ET. This half-day session will be open to the public, which will allow external forensic science research stakeholders to gain awareness of federal research activities and help identify areas that may need additional collaboration.

Learn more and register to attend.

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.

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