Forensic Science Research and Development Technology Working Group: Operational Requirements

Forensic Lab Needs TWG

NIJ also supports the Forensic Laboratory Needs TWG. Comprised of lab directors from across the country, the group complements the Forensic Science TWG and will help ensure that forensic research is relevant and responsive to the technology needs of the forensic science community.

Review the Requirements


The Forensic Science Research and Development Technology Working Group (TWG) is a committee of approximately 50 experienced forensic science practitioners from local, state, and federal agencies and laboratories.

Through the formation of this TWG, NIJ reaches out to the forensic science practitioner community to identify, discuss, and prioritize operational needs and requirements. These needs and requirements help inform NIJ's planned and ongoing research and development activities, and ensure that future research and development investments meet practitioner-driven needs. This is the first phase NIJ's research and development process.

The most recent list of needs and requirements (pdf, 12 pages) was developed based on discussion at the Forensic Science Research and Development TWG meeting  This meeting was held November 14 and 15, 2018. Practitioner representatives from the majority of forensic disciplines were represented including: drug chemists, forensic DNA analysts, forensic pathologists, forensic anthropologists, impression and pattern evidence examiners, toxicologists, questioned document examiners, crime scene investigators, and trace examiners, among others.

Disciplines represented by the Forensic Science Technology Working Group include (select a link to learn more about NIJ's work in each area):

Date Modified: December 14, 2018