Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Forensic Science Program

The Forensic Science Program promotes equity in the criminal justice system by strengthening the scientific basis of forensic methods and practices so that evidence is appropriately collected, accurately analyzed, and effectively communicated.



Accelerating the development of science-based measurement methods, standards, tools, and assessments to underpin reliable, accurate, interoperable, and validated forensic analysis.


Strengthening the scientific foundations of forensic methods and practices by documenting the empirical evidence that supports and underpins their reliability; evaluating their capabilities and limitations; and identifying knowledge gaps and areas for future research.


Strengthening the nation's use of forensic science by facilitating the development of technically sound standards and guidelines and encouraging their adoption and use throughout the forensic science community.

Upcoming Events


Tue, Nov 8 - Tue, Nov 15 2022
THE MAIN EVENT: NOVEMBER 08-10, 2022 Join us virtually on Tuesday November 8th - Thursday November 10th, 2022 to learn

News and Updates


masked man with baseball cap seated at a lab bench pipetting samples
Credit: E. Sisco/NIST

Improving Forensic Chemistry: A Q&A With NIST's Ed Sisco

APRIL 28, 2021

… Tell us about your career path thus far. How did you get involved in forensic science? When trying to decide what to study in college, the only two majors that stuck out to me were forensic science and landscaping architecture. I decided to pursue …


Special Programs Office - HQ