Research and innovation

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Research and innovation

The Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) is one of the world’s leading forensic laboratories. Many similar institutions, both within Europe and beyond, look to the NFI as a model. The NFI has achieved this position by building on its day-to-day forensic practice to continuously improve its products and services.

To make sure that its work remains at the forefront of developments, the NFI invests heavily in Research and Development. In this way, it lays the foundations for the innovative forensic methods and technologies that will play an important part in the coming decades.

Specifically, the NFI focuses on ways in which forensic science can keep ahead of the various changes with which the field is confronted:

  • Changes in the types of questions asked by its clients and stakeholders
  • Changes in the types and quantities of traces that are capable of being investigated
  • Changes in the techniques that are available for investigating traces.

In the following video, Marc van Nimwegen (Public Prosecution) speaks about the NFI's role in innovation.


Many forensic techniques (including DNA analysis) originally come from fields outside forensic science. In order to spot new forensic opportunities as they arise, the NFI maintains close relationships with industry, knowledge institutes and universities.

Research and innovation activities

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