Driving forensic research to practice is a community effort. Support from practitioners, vendors, and other stakeholders help researchers develop value-adding innovation. Please consider how you may be able to assist NIJ grantees with specific needs to advance their work.

Partnerships between laboratories and researchers help drive new technologies and processes into practice. Additional resources to connect to partners include:

NIJ’s “Connecting Researchers with Forensic Laboratories” Page: this is a list of forensic laboratories who are open to working with forensic research grantees. If you are an operational forensic laboratory who is interested in connecting with and supporting researchers, please contact grants@ncjrs.gov to be added to the list.

The Laboratories and Educators Alliance Program (LEAP) is a joint effort between the American Society of Crime Lab Directors (ASCLD) and the Council of Forensic Science Educators (COFSE). The goal of this effort is to facilitate collaborative research between academia and forensic science laboratories. Please check the LEAP map for participating universities and forensic laboratories, or to add yourself to the list.

GrantAffiliationDisciplineNeedContact
2017-DN-BX-0164/2019-DU-BX-0023George Washington UniversityDNASeeking to connect with different academic and industry stakeholders to gain consensus on their needs, requirements, and decision making parameters for several technological aspects of a DNA diagnostic kit.lblume@rti.org
2013-DN-BX-K033Virginia Commonwealth UniversityDNASeeking to connect and form strategic partnerships and alliances with interested agencies and/or crime labs to help fine-tune the pre-commercial development of a DNA mixture analysis test kit.lblume@rti.org
2015-MU-MU-K026Virginia Commonwealth UniversityDNASearching for accredited forensic labs, working on fingerprint and touch samples analysis, to re-validate a novel DNA mixture assay kit using ABI’s new quant Studio qPCR platformlblume@rti.org
2017-NE-BX-0004Stanford UniversityDNASeeking development partners to advance prototype for novel oligosaccharide Sialyl‐ LewisX (SLeX) technology that binds specifically to sperm, separates non-sperm contents, and takes images on a portable cellphone-integrated imaging platform.   rsatcher@rti.org
2017-NE-BX-0007InnogenomicsDNASeeking external validation partners to confirm robustness of novel polymer filter technology that separates sperm cells from sexual assault samples.rsatcher@rti.org
2017-R2-CX-0019Sam Houston State UniversityToxicologySeeking samples from laboratory to test for synthetic opioids in oral fluid. Her method of obtaining samples from sensitive populations such as arrestees and prison populations has been impacted by COVID-19.rshute@rti.org
2019-DU-BX-0019Montana State University Crime Scene InvestigationSeeking video and audio data from past crime investigations to help “train” a model of an audio forensics tool, especially video and audio recordings of the same forensic incident. awitsil@rti.org