The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE), led by RTI International, is supported through a Cooperative Agreement from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice (awards 2016-MU-BX-K110 and 2011-DN-BX-K564). The FTCoE supports the implementation of new forensic technology and best practices by end users and is dedicated to elevating the status of forensic science through advancing technology, sharing knowledge, and addressing challenges.  The FTCoE bridges the gap between the scientific and justice communities. 

Advancing Technology | The FTCoE manages the testing and evaluation of emerging technologies applicable to forensic science. By identifying and removing the potential barriers that often derail the implementation and acceptance of new and innovative technologies, the FTCoE places promising technical innovations in the hands of forward-thinking practitioners, stakeholders, and policy makersThis is achieved through technical evaluation, technical assistance, and guidance resources.  

Sharing Knowledge | The FTCoE provides knowledge transfer and integration which strengthens the connection between forensic discovery and forensic process using a blended learning environment consisting of web-based presentations, workshops, specialized events and discussions panelsThe FTCoE provides knowledge transfeand integration which strengthens the connection between forensic discovery and forensic process using a blended learning environment consisting of web-based presentationsworkshopsspecialized events and discussions panels 

Addressing Challenges  | The FTCoE is an established leader in the expeditious transition of research into the hands of practitioners. We understand the user needs, and through our support of the NIJ’s Research and Development (R&D) portfolio, we identify and employ the requirements necessary to drive the adoption of research and development outcomes. To learn more about how the FTCoE supports the NIJ’s R&D portfolio and provides technology transition support.


Together, the FTCoE partners encompass all of the forensic disciplines, providing to the FTCoE unparalleled experience, knowledge, resources, and expertise vital to the advancement of forensic science. Our academic partners are educational institutions accredited through the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission and have a proven history of providing state-of-the-art education and research contributing to the forensic sciences. Our industry partners utilize a combination of science and advanced, novel technology to resolve criminal casework, further catalyzing the adoption of new methodologies and technologies into the field of forensic science.


American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS)
American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD)
Center for Forensic Science Research and Education
Center for Forensic Nursing Excellence International (CFNEI)
Duquesne University
Fayetteville State University
Florida International University (FIU)
George Washington University (GWU)
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Michigan State University
NC State University
Sam Houston State University
Seattle University
Two Ns Forensics
University of Central Florida (UCF)
University of New Haven
UNT Health Science Center
West Virginia University

A Snapshot of Our Collaborators

Federal Agencies

Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol)
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Crime Laboratories

Arizona Department of Public Safety
California Department of Justice
Forensic Services New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
Houston Forensic Science Center
Miami-Dade Police Department
New York Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME)
Office of Investigative Medicine at University of New Mexico (UNM)
Phoenix Police Department Laboratory Services Bureau
Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Investigation
Richland County Sheriff’s Department

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