In fiscal year 2020, all state and local forensic capacity enhancement programs previously administered by NIJ, including most of the programs listed on this page, moved to the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).
NIJ will continue to administer the Research and Evaluation in Publicly Funded Forensic Laboratories Program, NamUs, and forensic science research and development projects.
In crime laboratories, scientists analyze evidence collected from crime scenes, suspects and victims. They may analyze anything from DNA or fingerprints to human remains or suspicious substances.
Due to the increasing reliance on scientific methodologies in criminal investigations, many laboratories have faced mounting workloads. NIJ has committed to helping crime laboratories increase their capacity by streamlining their processes and providing up-to-date training to keep up with technological capabilities in solving crime. NIJ also supports accessible resources for crime laboratory personnel, such as Web-based databases.
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.