One of the OSAC's objectives is to inform the forensic science community of research needs that are uncovered during the OSAC's standards development activities. These research needs recommendations may be considered by other agencies and organizations when they develop their own agency research needs, and when soliciting funding for forensic science research.
The OSAC encourages the respective funding agencies to consider these research needs recommendations when developing new solicitations so that research efforts can be strategically advanced in areas where they are most needed. Practitioner feedback that arises during research gap analysis is documented, consolidated, and shared with the broader community. This research list will encompass inputs from the all of the 24 subcommittees and five Scientific Area Committees (SACs).