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Welcome to the NIST forensic science web portal. Our aim is to provide information about all NIST research, products, services and other activities that support the forensic science community. This portal also provides information and links to forensic science activities in other federal agencies, such as the National Institute of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Drug Enforcement Agency. Look under the Resources menu above for links to other agencies. 

NIST supports forensic science through:

  • research on analytical, detection and matching methods;
  • development of standards and data;
  • publishing guidelines for crime laboratories;
  • developing innovative test methods.

We work with other federal agencies, state, local and international agencies, as well as industry and academic partners. Scientists at the main NIST campus in Gaithersburg, Md., and at the NIST site in Boulder, Colo., contribute to these efforts.

Read more about these scientists in the Meet Our Scientists section of this site. And learn more about their work by exploring the Research section.

Contact Us if you have questions.