Collaboration between researchers and practitioners can improve the relevance and impact of forensic science research. NIJ encourages researchers to seek and partner with forensic science laboratories and other practitioners. Likewise, we encourage practitioners to work with research partners to help guide the relevance of NIJ funded research. These collaborations contribute to a positive research culture in the forensic sciences.
We encourage potential grant applicants to connect with possible partners in preparing applications to the annual Research and Development in the Forensic Sciences for Criminal Justice Purposes and Research and Evaluation in Publicly Funded Forensic Laboratories solicitations.
Current grantees may consider connecting with practitioners to build relationships for transitioning research products to the field.
Forensic laboratories and other practitioners can connect with researchers to contribute to the development of new solutions to practical needs.
The parties listed below have expressed an interest in finding collaborators.
|Laboratory||State||Area of Interest/Discipline||Contact(s)|
|Hamilton County Coroner Crime Laboratory||OH||
Michael Trimpe, Laboratory Director
|Forensic Services Bureau, Ventura County Sheriff's Office||CA||
||Denise Hernandez, Supervising Forensic Scientist
O: (805) 650-4081
C: (805) 765-5859
UC Davis Veterinary Genetics Laboratory- Forensics
|CA||Non-human DNA (nuclear and mitochondrial)||
Dr. Robert Grahn
|Bronx District Attorney's Office, Digital Forensics Laboratory||NY||Digital evidence||
Dr. David Olson
|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 Technology, Research and Development
|Colorado Bureau of Investigation||CO||
|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.