National Institute of Justice Forensic Science Research and Development Symposium

By Nicole McCleary, Gerald LaPorte, Danielle McLeod-Henning

The 2016 NIJ Research and Development Symposium is intended to promote collaboration and enhance knowledge transfer of NIJ-funded research. The NIJ Research and Development (R&D) Program funds both basic or applied R&D 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.

NIJ and the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence are committed to improving the practice of forensic science and strengthening its impact through support of R&D, rigorous technology evaluation and adoption, effective knowledge transfer and education, and comprehensive dissemination of best practices and guidelines to agencies dedicated to combating crime.


McCleary, N., LaPorte, G., & McLeod-Henning, D. (Eds.) (2016). National Institute of Justice Forensic Science Research and Development Symposium. (RTI Press Publication No. CP-0002-1607). Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press.

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Nicole McClearyNicole Suzanne McCleary, MS, is the associate director of strategic planning and operations in the Center for Forensic Sciences (CFS) at RTI International.

Gerald LaPorteGerald LaPorte, MSFS, is a Supervisory Physical Scientist and Director of the Office of Investigative and Forensic Sciences at the National Institute of Justice.

Danielle McLeod-Henning

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