The FTCoE understands the breadth and value of the NIJ’s investment in R&D in areas of significant interest to the criminal justice and forensic science communities. As a result, the FTCoE created a portfolio management process to capture and recognize R&D that has, or can, positively impact these communities.
This report was developed by the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) to document the purpose of, and processes related to, the management of NIJ’s R&D portfolio to increase impact for forensic applications. The ultimate goal of the portfolio management process is to enable the use of the NIJ-funded solutions by various parts of the forensic community. The successful outcome may take the form of commercialization, technology implementation, or knowledge transfer. This effort does not evaluate the R&D projects themselves, rather, it focuses on the technology adoption efforts needed to successfully move the technology from the R&D laboratory to the forensic practitioner laboratory or field application.