NIJ encourages researchers to seek guidance from, or partner with, forensic practitioners. Such associations foster a greater understanding of the issues unique to the field of forensic science, and may strengthen the scope of the proposed research plan.
We encourage prospective research grant applicants to reach out to these labs to discuss preparing an application for open or future research solicitations.
Current forensic research grantees may work with these labs to fine tune and ensure that their research products are well-suited for practitioner needs, or to build relationships in anticipation of transitioning research products to the field – potentially under the annual Research and Evaluation in Publicly Funded Forensic Laboratories or Research and Development in the Forensic Sciences for Criminal Justice Purposes.
The labs listed in the table below have expressed an interest in connecting with researchers:
Note, there are no guarantees of placement or projects until awards are made.
|Laboratory||State||Area of Interest/Discipline||Contact(s)|
UC Davis Veterinary Genetics Laboratory- Forensics
|CA||Non-human DNA (nuclear and mitochondrial)||
|Bronx District Attorney's Office, Digital Forensics Laboratory||NY||Digital evidence||Dr. David Olson,
Deputy Director, Planning and Analysis Unit
|Hamilton County Coroner's Office||OH||Research involving the analysis of fentanyl analogs comparing the use of GC/MS to LC/MS/MS in Forensic Toxicology.||Michael A. Trimpe
O: (513) 946-8761
|Houston Forensic Science Center||
Dr. Amy Castillo, Chief Operations Officer
Dr. Preshious Rearden, Director of Research and Development
|Colorado Bureau of Investigation||CO||
||Lisa Yoshida, Training, Research, and Development Manager
|Virginia Department of Forensic Science||VA||
||Alka Lohmann, Director of Technical Services
|Boston Police Crime Laboratory||MA||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.||Kathryne Hall (O): (617) 343-5789|
[note 1] Typically, most of NIJ's solicitations are released December through May (subject to appropriations availability). Work under any award made would begin in the January of the following year. For example, the work on an award resulting from a fiscal year 2020 solicitation would begin January 2021.