National Institute of Justice


NIJ has made 20 new awards in 2017 for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fellows, totaling $960,861. The GRF-STEM program funds dissertation research across a wide range of topics to criminal justice, including the forensic sciences.

See a full list of GRF-STEM awards.

In addition, NIJ made four new awards this year for GRF Social and Behavioral Science fellows, totaling $127,749. The fellowship awards provide support for 12 months to accredited universities for research on crime, violence and other criminal justice-related topics.

See a full list of GRF-SBS awards.

Erroneous convictions can have immeasurable consequences for exonerees, original crime victims, and families. Additionally, they may also have long-lasting negative effects on the witnesses, investigators, lawyers, judges, and other criminal justice professionals involved in erroneous convictions.

A review of erroneous convictions that involved forensic science can help identify critical lessons for forensic scientists as they perform testing, interpret results, render conclusions, and testify in court.

Read a new NIJ Journal article.

The Aftermath of Wrongful Convictions

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A new documentary details the experiences of individuals who were affected by wrongful convictions. Their stories highlight the need for specialized support after these miscarriages of justice.

Watch on YouTube.

NIJ Panels at IACP 2017

IACP 2017, International Association of Chiefs of Police

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Going to IACP? Join us on Saturday, October 21. NIJ will bring together law enforcement and experts to discuss officer safety, tech, training, and research around what works—and what matters— in policing.

Learn about NIJ’s panel.