IAI Current Affairs

We will place items of interest to IAI members here periodically.


NIJ is seeking proposals for the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program (the Coverdell program), which awards grants to States and units of local government to help improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner services. Among other things, funds may be used to eliminate a backlog in the analysis of forensic evidence and to train and employ forensic laboratory personnel, as needed, to eliminate such a backlog. State Administering Agencies (SAAs) may apply for both "base" (formula) and competitive funds. Units of local government may apply for competitive funds. The deadline for this solicitation is 4/1; start early.

NIJ is seeking proposals for basic or applied research and development projects that will: (1) increase the body of knowledge to guide and inform forensic science policy and practice or (2) result in the production of useful materials, devices, systems, or methods that have the potential for forensic application. The intent of this program is to direct the findings of basic scientific research, research and development in broader scientific fields applicable to forensic science, and ongoing forensic science research toward the development of highly discriminating, accurate, reliable, cost-effective, and rapid methods for the identification, analysis, and interpretation of physical evidence for criminal justice purposes. The deadline for applications is 4/21, but get started on your application today!


U.S. Departments of Justice and Commerce Name Experts to First-ever National Commission on Forensic Science — January 10, 2014


IAI Presidential Letters


Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CFSO) letter to Attorney General Eric Holder regarding the National Commission on Forensic Science – September 5, 2013


The National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) just released a vastly expanded edition of "Crime Scene Investigation, a Guide for Law Enforcement". I believe it would be of interest to members of IAI. It's available free for download from NFSTC's website at: http://tinyurl.com/okg5uct


Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CFSO) Newsletters


Department of Justice and National Institute of Standards and Technology Announce Launch of National Commission on Forensic Science — February 15, 2013


Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CFSO) letter to the White House — November 28, 2012


Senate bill 3378, Forensic Science and Standards Act of 2012


CFSO Congressional Updates


National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Law Enforcement Standards Office (OLES)


Forensic Legislation Introduced January 25, 2011


Journal of Forensic Identification Publishing Guidelines


National Academy of Sciences Executive Summary: “Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Science Community” — February 2009


NAS Executive Summary related documents:


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