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FEPAC Call for Comments on Proposed Update to Standard 4.3 Program Director

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator Pursuant to the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) Policies and Procedures, Policy 1.4 Scope of Accreditation, FEPAC promotes academic quality through the formal accreditation of forensic science programs in the United States and abroad. FEPAC accredits forensic science education programs that lead to a bachelor’s […]


DNAmix 2021—Request for Participation

Source: Kristy Kadash, PhD CALLING ALL DNA ANALYSTS QUESTION—If two labs are given the same mixture (as an electropherogram) and the same person of interest, how consistent are the statistical responses and categorical interpretations? And what factors explain any differences in responses? DNAmix2021 is a large-scale independent study being conducted to evaluate the extent of […]


New Solicitation From the National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

Source: Jonathan McGrath, PhD, National Institute of Justice The NIJ recently released a new FY2021 solicitation on “Research and Evaluation on Crime Laboratory Systems and Processes.” With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals for research and evaluation projects aimed at understanding and strengthening the accuracy and reliability of a crime laboratory’s systems and processes. The closing […]


The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Webinar on Social Science Research in Forensic Science

Source: Jonathan G. McGrath, PhD, MSFS, National Institute of Justice Expanding Social Science Research to Examine the Impacts of Forensic Science on the Criminal Justice System Webinar In 2004, NIJ created the Social Science Research on Forensic Sciences (SSRFS) research program to explore the impact of forensic sciences on the criminal justice system and the […]


The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Research Assistantship Program, 2021-2022 Webinar

Source: Jonathan G. McGrath, PhD, MSFS, Senior Policy Analyst, National Institute of Justice Join an NIJ-hosted webinar on November 11, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. ET in which we’ll discuss the 2021-2022 program. The NIJ is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. Applications are due December 23, 2020. The NIJ Research Assistantship Program (RAP) offers highly qualified doctoral students […]


NIJ National Center on Forensics, Fiscal Year 2020

With this solicitation, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) seeks proposals from qualified applicants to establish and operate the NIJ National Center on Forensics to: Facilitate a partnership amongst: A full-service State department of forensic science with a medical examiner function; An accredited university of higher education with affiliate medical and law schools; and A […]


NIJ FY2020 Drugs and Crime Solicitation: Reminder and Notice

The National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ)’s Drugs and Crime Research Program supports rigorous applied research on evidence-based tools, protocols, and policies for state, tribal, and local law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies that address drug trafficking, drug markets, and drug-related violence. The focus of this research solicitation is narcotics-related criminal investigation, prosecution, intelligence, and […]


Research and Evaluation for the Testing and Interpretation of Physical Evidence in Publicly Funded Forensic Laboratories, Fiscal Year 2020

Source: Jonathan G. McGrath, PhD, MSFS, Senior Policy Analyst, National Institute of Justice The United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding for research and evaluation studies to produce practical knowledge that has the potential to improve the examination and interpretation of […]


Research and Development in Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes, Fiscal Year 2020

Source: Jonathan G. McGrath, PhD, MSFS, Senior Policy Analyst, National Institute of Justice With this solicitation, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) seeks proposals for basic or applied research and development projects. An NIJ forensic science research and development grant supports a discrete, specified, circumscribed project that will: (1) increase the body of knowledge to […]


Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) Program

Source: Jonathan G. McGrath, PhD, MSFS, Senior Policy Analyst, National Institute of Justice The 2020 Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act program is a competitive grant program that provides funding to improve the delivery of and access to mental health and wellness services for law enforcement through training and technical assistance, demonstration projects, and […]


FY 2020 Academic-Based Drug Field Testing and Training Initiative

Source: Jonathan G. McGrath, PhD, MSFS, Senior Policy Analyst, National Institute of Justice The United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) seeks to address delays in forensic lab testing with the ultimate goal of reducing court backlogs for drug-related offenses. BJA will select an applicant to establish a pilot project to develop […]


NIJ Funding Updates

Native Student Travel Scholarship Program: Connecting Science to Crime and Justice The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) will support 15 American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate or graduate full-time students in attending major criminal justice-related conferences and explore the role of science in solving complex problems to increase public safety. The conference options are: 3rd […]


NIJ Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime: Fiscal Year 2020

The National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ)’s Drugs and Crime Research Program supports rigorous applied research on evidence-based tools, protocols, and policies for state, tribal, and local law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies that address drug trafficking, drug markets, and drug-related violence. The focus of this research solicitation is narcotics-related criminal investigation, prosecution, intelligence, and […]


Needs Assessment of Forensic Laboratories and Medical Examiner/Coroner Offices Report Released

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD, AAFS CFSO Liaison The Department of Justice through the National Institute of Justice has just released the Needs Assessment of Forensic Laboratories and Medical Examiner/Coroner Offices Report to Congress: https://www.justice.gov/olp/page/file/1228306/download. The Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations, of which the AAFS is a member, requested Congress to fund this Report in the […]


NIJ Research and Evaluation on Policing: Fiscal Year 2019

With this solicitation, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) will seek applications for funding for investigator-initiated, randomized controlled trial (RCT) studies of approaches to the challenges of policing in the United States that address the strategic priorities and objectives identified in NIJ’s Policing Strategic Research Plan, 2017-2022


NIJ Research and Evaluation on the Administration of Justice: Fiscal Year 2019

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) will seek applications for funding for investigator-initiated, interdisciplinary research and evaluation projects related to the administration of justice in three areas: (1) eyewitness evidence; (2) police deflection strategies; and (3) forensic science testimony. Applications that fall outside these three priority areas will not be considered. This solicitation aims to […]


NIJ Research and Evaluation in Safety, Health, and Wellness in the Criminal Justice System: Fiscal Year 2019

With this solicitation, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) will seek applications for funding of multidisciplinary research projects addressing four topics: The cumulative effects of shift-work schedules, overtime, and secondary employment on the health, safety, performance, and quality of life of police or correctional officers. Enhancing strategies for officer interaction with individuals presenting with mental […]


NIJ Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime: Fiscal Year 2019

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) seeks applications for funding of rigorous applied research on evidence-based tools, protocols, and policies for State, tribal, and local law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies that address drug trafficking, drug markets, and drug-related violence. The research focus of this solicitation is criminal investigation, prosecution, drug intelligence, and community […]


New NIJ Solicitation: Strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner System Program

With this solicitation, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) seeks proposals to strengthen the medical examiner/coroner (ME/C) system in the United States. NIJ’s ME/C program is a competitive program designed to support the enhancement of Medicolegal-Death-Investigation services, and increase the supply of forensic pathologists nationwide. Through this program, NIJ will support grants in two focus […]