NIJ Takes First Step Toward National Center on Forensics

May 18, 2021 — The National Institute of Justice is seeking proposals to establish and operate a National Center on Forensics. The Center would be a cooperative effort between an accredited university of higher education, with affiliated medical and law schools, and a full-service and independent state department of forensic science with a medical examiner function.

Responding to the fact that the field faces a tremendous shortage of qualified medical examiners/coroners, the National Center on Forensics would create opportunities for medical students to train as deputy medical examiners/coroners in underserved rural areas. The Center would also provide forensic science and legal training to district attorneys, judges, and law enforcement, as well as develop additional opportunities to existing and upcoming practitioners in the field.

You can learn more about the proposed program and the application process here.

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