Success Story: LatentSleuth: A Case Study on the Impact of Federal R&D Funding

Success Story: LatentSleuth: A Case Study on the Impact of Federal R&D Funding

National Institute of Justice and the Latent Print Research Community


December 2021


The development of technologies to improve the objective collection, analysis, and interpretation of evidence is driven by the multiple stakeholders that make up the forensic science enterprise. Funders of research and development efforts play a key role in enabling testing, validation, and continuous improvement of forensic tools and techniques. Department of Justice (DOJ) funding mechanisms, through agencies such as the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), support a rich portfolio of innovations that help sustain this forensic innovation ecosystem. This case study illustrates the impact of DOJ funding that enabled a company and university research team to create FLASH ID, a quantitative handwriting analysis software, which ultimately developed into a quantitative latent fingerprint-to-reference product, LatentSleuth.

“Effective funding programs have enabled 18 years of innovation that has improved practice in the forensic sciences.”

- Donald Gantz | George Mason University

Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence success story 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 success story are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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