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Capabilities, research and development, innovation

One of Science’s most important functions will be working with the FCN community to identify, evaluate and prepare new capabilities for implementation.

To achieve its aim of taking great ideas from concept through to implementation, Science will:

  • be the ‘eyes and ears’ of the FCN community by horizon scanning for emerging capabilities, new opportunities and potential threats;
  • work with the FCN community and with partners to create capability roadmaps, initially up to 2025, which can be used to communicate the needs and priorities of the FCN community in terms of research and innovation. Capability roadmaps for DNA and digital forensics are already underway;
  • work with the FCN community, academia, industry and funding bodies, such as UKRI, to maximise funding opportunities and to prioritise research and innovation activity more effectively;
  • act as a focal point for targeting and co-ordinating research and development investment and, where funding allows, support research programmes;
  • share the resulting learning with the community;
  • take the lead in helping the FCN community shape, trial and evaluate new capabilities;
  • work with forensic service providers to ensure that innovation is exploited and encouraged;
  • help FCN members get ready for emerging forensic science capabilities in a co-ordinated way;
  • maintain a catalogue of approved new forensic science capabilities
  • work with the FCN community to maintain up-to-date Capability Maturity Models
Achieving and maintaining quality service with efficient, standardised processes, and to act as a single voice with key standards and accreditation stakeholders.
Maximising resilience and effectiveness through the design, introduction and maintenance of new ICT platforms, tools, operating models and business change support.
Designing, developing and maintaining a sustainable and forward-looking commercial marketplace for both traditional and digital forensic science