A Landscape Study of Federal Investment in Forensic Science R&D

A Landscape Study of Federal Investment in Forensic Science R&D


December 2016


Federal government involvement in forensic science improvement has accelerated in recent years. Federal investments have transformed DNA capacity and demonstrated the power of scientific advances to address criminal justice challenges. In its 2009 report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) advocated for additional coordination and investment by the federal government in scientific research related to the forensic sciences.

This landscape report provides a summary of agency interests, funding opportunities, and published research needs on an organized and interactive platform in order to assist the interested researcher. This compilation lists government agencies and sub-agencies that offer funding opportunities for forensic science researchers, as well as sub-agencies and organizations that offer support for the forensic science research community. Much of the information provided on agency websites has been incorporated into this report verbatim. Hyperlinks of government agencies websites, reports, and funding opportunities offer the reader easy access to additional information.

Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence report was provided by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this report are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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