NIJ Funds Research in 2015

In her Director's Corner remark on October 13, 2015, National Institute of Justice Director Nancy Rodriguez reported that for fiscal year 2015, NIJ made "over $156 million in grant awards to more than 210 research projects."

"These awards reflect NIJ's commitment to funding rigorous research that helps practitioners and policymakers make criminal justice decisions based on sound scientific evidence," wrote Rodriguez in the remark.

Among the 210 projects awarded in fiscal 2015 were a number of grants focusing on forensic science. These included:

"NIJ continues to support research to improve our ability to pinpoint age, ancestry and gender of skeletal remains. We also continue to support projects to improve lab technicians’ ability to extract ever smaller and fragmented samples of DNA and interpret DNA profiles," wrote Rodriguez. "This year we are also funding projects to validate methods to analyze organic compounds in firearm residue, provide fire investigators with a more reliable temperature measurement tool, explore individualization within the human microbiome, and investigate ways to detect and identify designer drugs."

Find the full Director's Corner: New Research Projects Funded in Fiscal Year 2015 here.

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