Research & Innovation

ANZPAA NIFS continues to guide, support, and invest in research that is important to strengthening the forensic sciences in Australia and New Zealand and building future capability. Research plays an important role in discovering new ways for forensic science to better support the prevention, disruption, and resolution of crime. 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. 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 and Innovation Advisory Committee

In 2018, the Research and Innovation Advisory Committee (RIAC) was established to advise ANZPAA NIFS and ANZFEC on research priorities and contemporary issues affecting the provision of forensic science. RIAC comprises representatives from the service provider and academic sectors of the forensic science community, as outlined in the RIAC Terms of Reference.

Research and Innovation Roadmap 2020-25

The purpose of the ANZPAA NIFS Research and Innovation Roadmap 2020-25 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. 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 forensic service providers in Australia and New Zealand. Enquiries relating to the Roadmap can be directed to [email protected].