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The ASCLD Forensic Research Committee (https://www.ascld.org/forensic-research-committee/) is offering three awards for forensic scientists - the Outstanding Evaluation/Validation Award, the Innovation Award, and the LEAP Collaboration Award. 

The Outstanding Evaluation/Validation Award 2022
 

The Forensic Research Committee of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors announces the Outstanding Evaluation/Validation Award.  The goal of the award is to recognize an outstanding evaluation/validation study that has been submitted to the FRC repository (https://www.ascld.org/validation-evaluation-repository/).

 

Award: the winner will be recognized at the 2022 ASCLD Annual Symposium and will receive a plaque.  The awardee will receive an individualized electronic award icon that can be use on letterhead, reports, e-mail signatures, etc.

 

Eligibility: open to scientists from all disciplines (bio/DNA, drug chemistry, toxicology, fingerprints, questioned documents, trace/microscopy, firearms/toolmarks, other) in operational forensic labs or research laboratories.

 

Criteria:

  1. validation/evaluation of a protocol, method, tool, kit, or assay for use in a forensic science discipline such as Bio/DNA, drug chemistry, toxicology, fingerprints, questioned documents, trace/microscopy, firearms/toolmarks, and digital/multimedia sciences (50 points)

  2. the validation/evaluation is relevant and immediately useful in forensic science casework (50 points)
    Note: studies that have been performed in accordance with SWG or other guidelines, if appropriate, and/or have been published in the peer-reviewed literature will receive favorable review. 

 

Application Window: November 8th, 2021 - January 20th, 2022

 

Application Process:

  1. Complete the application, found at https://www.ascld.org/nominations/

  2. Include a 1 – 2 page description of the study, specifically addressing the criteria

  3. Submit the completed application electronically to ascldfrc@gmail.com

 

For additional information: https://www.ascld.org/forensic-research-committee/

The Innovation Award 2022
 

The Forensic Research Committee of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors announces the Second Annual Innovation Award.  The goal of the award is to recognize activities highlighting new technologies, protocols, or tools that impact the operational forensic science laboratory.

 

Award: the winner will be recognized at the 2022 ASCLD Annual Symposium and will receive a plaque.  The awardee will receive an individualized electronic award icon that can be use on letterhead, reports, e-mail signatures, etc.

 

Eligibility: open to scientists from all disciplines such as Bio/DNA, drug chemistry, toxicology, fingerprints, questioned documents, trace/microscopy, firearms/toolmarks, and digital/multimedia sciences in operational forensic laboratories.   The activity should have been completed within past 2 years.

 

Criteria:

  1. innovative methods, tools, and technological approaches that contribute to a forensic science discipline (Bio/DNA, drug chemistry, toxicology, fingerprints, questioned documents, trace/microscopy, firearms/toolmarks, other)

  2. the activity has the potential to improve the practice of forensic science

  3. the activity has touch points to the ASCLD/FRC needs list (https://www.ascld.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/ASCLD-Research-Priority-Areas-2019-2021.pdf )
    Note: works that have been published in the peer-reviewed literature will receive favorable review

 

Application Window: November 8th, 2021 - January 20th, 2022

 

Application Process:

  1. Complete the application, found at https://www.ascld.org/nominations/

  2. Include a 1 – 2 page description of the research, specifically addressing the criteria

  3. Submit the completed application electronically to ascldfrc@gmail.com

 

For additional information: https://www.ascld.org/forensic-research-committee/

The LEAP Collaboration Award 2022
 

The Forensic Research Committee of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors announces the LEAP Collaboration Award.  The goal of the award is to recognize an outstanding partnership between LEAP participating academic and operational forensic laboratories.

 

Award: the winners will be recognized at the 2022 ASCLD Annual Symposium and will receive a plaque.  The awardees will receive an individualized electronic award icon that can be use on letterhead, reports, e-mail signatures, etc.

 

Eligibility: open to scientists from all disciplines such as Bio/DNA, drug chemistry, toxicology, fingerprints, questioned documents, trace/microscopy, firearms/toolmarks, and digital/multimedia sciences in LEAP participating operational and academic forensic laboratories.

 

Criteria:

  1. the research is a collaborative effort between an operational and an academic lab that produces novel data, methods, analytical/research tools that contribute to a forensic science discipline such as Bio/DNA, drug chemistry, toxicology, fingerprints, questioned documents, trace/microscopy, firearms/toolmarks, digital/multimedia sciences

  2. the partnership is a joint endeavor in which both teams made significant contributions

  3. the partnership results in a body of work that is a significant contribution to forensic scienceNote: works that have been published in the peer-reviewed literature will receive favorable review.
     

Application Window: November 8th, 2021 - January 20th, 2022

 

Application Process:

  1. Complete the application, found at https://www.ascld.org/nominations/

  2. Include a 1 – 2 page description of the research, specifically addressing the criteria

  3. Submit the completed application electronically to ascldfrc@gmail.com

 

For additional information: https://www.ascld.org/forensic-research-committee/