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ANZPAA NIFS Research and Innovation Roadmap 2020-2025

The purpose of the ANZPAA NIFS Research and Innovation Roadmap 2020-2025 is to promote the investment of funding and resources in research that is operationally relevant and of vital importance to forensic science service provision in Australia and New Zealand. The Roadmap is the result of extensive engagement with the forensic community and it represents an agreed position on the priority areas for research that best promote and facilitate excellence in forensic science. It defines research areas that are important to strengthening current forensic science processes and building future capability.

The Roadmap divides research into several areas: Forensic Fundamentals; Human Factors; Data Sets; New Tools; and Forensic Intelligence. Each research area is described in the Roadmap, which also includes a list of research topics. The alignment of the research areas to the ANZPAA Strategic Priorities is summarised in the figure below.

Research Chart v2

Why is research important?

 Research plays an important role in discovering new ways for forensic science to better support the prevention, disruption, and resolution of crime. It can be applied to build new capabilities for combating evolving crimes such as terrorism and cybercrime. Advances in technology, such as Artificial Intelligence, present tremendous opportunities to add value, speed-up processes and augment forensic science decision-making.

Research is also essential to demonstrating expertise, so that the police, the Courts, and the broader community will have confidence in the ability of forensic science to deliver reliable results.

How does the Roadmap support research?

Funding and resources for forensic science research are limited. Therefore, the Roadmap provides a collective view of where this limited funding and resources can be applied to maximise return on investment. ANZPAA NIFS will use the Roadmap to direct investment in research that will benefit government forensic science agencies and partner agencies (including defence force) in Australia and New Zealand.

Academic institutions and forensic service providers can connect through the Roadmap, working together to undertake research, reduce duplication of effort and help drive research funding further. When applying for grants, researchers can use the Roadmap to demonstrate the relevance of the proposed research to government operational forensic science services in Australia and New Zealand.

Enquiries relating to the Roadmap can be directed to secretariat.nifs@anzpaa.org.au.

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