ASCLD FRC Extends Deadline for Award Applications

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The Forensic Research Committee (FRC) of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) announce three awards for 2021:

  • 2nd Annual Innovation Award: the objective is to acknowledge operational scientists who incorporate cutting-edge techniques to the practice of forensic science, and call attention to their work.
  • Outstanding Evaluation/Validation Award: the goal is to recognize an outstanding evaluation/validation study that has been submitted to the FRC repository (
  • LEAP Collaboration Award: the goal of the award is to highlight a collaborative partnership between an academic lab and an operational forensic lab who are LEAP partners and whose work is a significant contribution to forensic science.

Eligibility: open to scientists from all disciplines such as Bio/DNA, drug chemistry, toxicology, fingerprints, questioned documents, trace/microscopy, firearms/toolmarks, and digital/multimedia sciences in operational forensic labs or research laboratories.

Application Process:

  1. Complete the application, found at
  2. Include a 1 – 2 page description of the project, specifically addressing the criteria listed in the application
  3. Submit the completed application electronically to

Application Deadline: March 1, 2021

The winner will be recognized at the 2021 ASCLD Annual Symposium.  They will receive a plaque and a unique electronic award icon for use on letterhead, reports, e-mail signatures, etc.

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