Through its funding of forensic science research and development, NIJ continues to advance the speed, accuracy, and scope of forensic analysis, which ultimately bolsters the administration of justice. NIJ affirms that scientific advancements and technological breakthroughs are essential to the continued growth and strengthening of the forensic sciences.
Under this portfolio, NIJ builds and maintains the forensic science research infrastructure. NIJ's research and development funding enhances the development of (1) physical capital by supporting the acquisition, maintenance, and development of laboratory instrumentation; (2) intellectual capital by supporting researchers and providing learning and training experiences for scientists at all career stages; and (3) structural capital by funding projects that support databases and add to the scientific literature.
Funded Research and Development Projects
- Evidence analysis and processing
- Controlled substances
- Digital evidence forensics
- Forensic anthropology/odontology
- Forensic biology
- Fire and arson
- Forensic pathology
- Impression and pattern evidence
- Forensic toxicology
- Trace evidence
See also NIJ's program for Research and Evaluation in Publicly Funded Forensic Laboratories