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USA Territories: American Samoa (USA); Guam (USA); Puerto Rico (USA); Virgin Islands (USA); Northern Mariana Islands (USA)
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Grants to USA and territories publicly funded State, local, municipal, County, and tribal forensic laboratories for projects that have the potential to improve the way physical evidence is examined in forensic laboratories. Funding will be provided for research, evaluation, and validation projects in order to determine the most efficient, accurate, reliable, and economical means of identifying, analyzing, and interpreting physical evidence for criminal justice needs.
Eligible projects have the following objectives:
(1) Inform the forensic community of best practices through the evaluation of existing laboratory protocols,
(2) Result in the production of a validated method(s) that may be replicated by other laboratories in the forensic community, and
(3) Have a direct and immediate impact on laboratory efficiency and assist in making laboratory policy decisions.
Some examples of practical laboratory scenarios that could be addressed by this solicitation:
• Evaluating the effectiveness of implementing a blind verification program.
• Comparing and evaluating the accuracy and validity of new testing protocols.
• Comparing and evaluating efficiency after implementing new testing protocols.
• Conducting a cost-benefit analysis as a systematic process for calculating and comparing the benefits and costs of a project, decision, or laboratory policy.
• Evaluating the effectiveness of various types of proficiency testing.
NIJ strongly encourages applicants to seek guidance from or partner with a statistician to ensure rigorous testing measures are employed. Areas that could benefit from a statistician include, but are not limited to, research design (e.g., experimental design, planning sample size or sampling designs, designing data collection methods), selection and application of appropriate statistical methods, how to use software to perform data analyses. Such associations foster a greater understanding of the testing and validation issues unique to the field of forensic science and may strengthen the scope of the proposed application.
Partnering with other publicly funded forensic science laboratories or other forensic entities such as universities and non-publicly funded laboratories with the goal of sharing existing resources (e.g., equipment, personnel) in support of research activities is also strongly encouraged.
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24-month project period. Applicants should propose an award start date of January 1, 2015. Applicants should be aware that the total period of an award, including one that receives a funding supplement or a no-cost extension, ordinarily will not exceed three years.