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NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program

NSF-I/UCRC enables industrially-relevant, pre-competitive research via a multi-member, sustained partnerships among industry, academe and government. NSF supports the development and evolution of I/UCRCs, providing a financial and procedural framework for membership and operations in addition to best practices learned over decades of fostering public/private partnerships that provide significant value to the nation, industry and university faculty and students.


Centers bring together I/UCRC Sites and I/UCRC to perform cutting-edge pre-competitive fundamental research in science, engineering, technology area(s) of interest to industry and that can drive innovation and the U.S. economy. Members guide the direction of Center research through active involvement and mentoring.

I/UCRCs offer a platform for significant leveraging of financial investment by members to accelerate the knowledge base in emerging technologies and manufacturing sectors and develop an industrially savvy workforce to benefit US economy.

Objectives of CARFS 

The Center for Advanced Research in Forensic Science (CARFS), in its inaugural year, aims to tackle emerging forensic science problems. With its two center sites at Florida International University and University of South Alabama, and affiliate sites at Northeastern University, George Washington University, and Texas A&M University, it brings together forensic science leaders in state-of-the-art laboratories in a collaborative manner with industrial members, with the inclusion of an Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) that support our research and give guidance to directions of projects that are at the forefront of forensic science.

More information on CARFS within NSF I/UCRC can be found here.

University Research

Faculty affiliated with the center are distributed across key disciplines in science, social science, engineering, and statistics, with interests that cover an array of forensic disciplines. The CARFS research program is designed to address key issues in forensic science identified by the 2009 NAS report, and to develop innovative technologies and investigative approaches for forensic practice.

Academic Sites