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A crisis for the future of forensic science: Lessons from the UK of the importance of epistemology for funding research and development

Morgan, RM; Levin, EA; (2019) A crisis for the future of forensic science: Lessons from the UK of the importance of epistemology for funding research and development. Forensic Science International: Synergy , 1 pp. 243-252. 10.1016/j.fsisyn.2019.09.002. Green open access

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Abstract

This study presents analysis of forensic science research funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) research councils (2009–2018), representing 150 projects with a cumulative value of £56.1 m (0.01% of the total UKRI budget over this time period). The findings indicate that dedicated forensic science funding represents only 46.0% of the projects included in the dataset. Research focussed on developing technological outputs represented 69.5% of the total funding (£37.2 m) in comparison to foundational research which represented 19.2% (£10.7 m). Traditional forensic science evidence types such as fingerprints and DNA received 1.3% and 5.1% of the total funding respectively, in comparison to digital and cyber projects which received 25.7%. These data offer insight into the scale of the funding crisis in forensic science in the UK, and the need to increase the resources available, to develop ways of articulating value and to ensure that both technological and foundational research are enabled.

Type: Article
Title: A crisis for the future of forensic science: Lessons from the UK of the importance of epistemology for funding research and development
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.fsisyn.2019.09.002
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fsisyn.2019.09.002
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2019 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Keywords: Forensic science, Research, Funding, Crisis, Technological and foundational
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Chemical Engineering
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10082866
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