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The Center for Advanced Research in Forensic Science (CARFS) tackles emerging forensic science problems. We bring forensic science leaders in state-of-the-art laboratories and industrial partners together to develop collaborative solutions. Our two main sites are located at Florida International University and University of South Alabama with an affiliate site at Texas A&M University, Boston University and Sam Houston State University. Our Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) gives guidance on the direction of projects at the forefront of forensic science. 

University Research

Faculty affiliated with the center are distributed across key disciplines in science, social science, engineering, and statistics, with interests that cover an array of forensic disciplines. The CARFS research program is designed to address key issues in forensic science identified by the 2009 NAS report, and to develop innovative technologies and investigative approaches for forensic practice.

Academic Sites 

NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program

NSF-I/UCRC enables industrially-relevant, pre-competitive research via multimember, sustained partnerships across industry, academe and government. NSF supports the development and evolution of I/UCRCs, by providing a financial and procedural framework for membership and operations. It also promotes best practices learned over decades of fostering public/private partnerships that produce significant value to the nation, industry and university faculty and students.

Diagram of "The I/UCRC Concept: NSF incentivizes industry/academia research synergy." NSF underwrites operational costs of sites comprising multiple industry members

Together partners perform cutting-edge, pre-competitive fundamental research in science, engineering, technology area(s) of interest to industry which can also drive innovation and the U.S. economy. Members guide the direction of Center research through active involvement and mentoring.

I/UCRCs offer a platform for significant leveraging of financial investment by members to accelerate the knowledge base in emerging technologies and manufacturing sectors while developing an industrially savvy workforce to benefit US economy.