The mission of the ASCLD Forensic Research Committee (FRC) is to advance the core science of forensics by closing technology gaps and enabling future forensic technologies through the following strategic goals:

  • Identifying the Research, Development, Technology, and Evaluation (RDT&E) needs and priorities for the forensic community
  • Developing recommendations and courses of action
  • Advising the ASCLD Board of Directors on RDT&E related issues, projects, and processes in order to  support the development of enduring future forensic capabilities

ASCLD Research Priorities
(Updated for 2019)

In May of 2017, at the American Society of Crime Laboratory Director's Meeting in Dallas Texas, the Forensic Research Committee (FRC) gathered to discuss forensic science research opportunities. From this discussion, the FRC created a list of high-impact research opportunities which was submitted to and prioritized by the ASCLD Board of Directors. This list serves as a guiding light to researchers who are interested in conducting forensic science research and helps identify key areas where impactful research would support the forensic science community and enhance laboratory operations. This list was updated in 2019. You can find the updated 2019-2021 list below.

ASCLD 2019-2021 Research Priorities


What is LEAP?

The goal of the Laboratories and Educators Alliance Program (LEAP) is to facilitate collaborative research between academia and forensic science laboratories. This joint effort between the American Society of Crime Lab Directors (ASCLD) and the Council of Forensic Science Educators (COFSE) identifies forensic science needs and provides a platform for laboratories, researchers, and students to seek projects aligning with their mutual research capabilities.



Over 80 LEAP Participating Labs and Universities as of May 2019

Click on the Map above to find potential forensic research partners near you


Interested in a research partnership with a University? Want to host an intern?  Sign up for the LEAP program today by clicking the appropriate button below, completing the form, and returning it to the ASCLD FRC.

Picture of Success

Click below to see how the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Washburn University have established a successful and mutually beneficial research partnership.


Forensic Research Committee Bulletins
Previous Webinars
Forensic Research Links of Interest