Thanks to your support, the Forensic Innovation Center (FIC) is one step closer to receiving a Mission Main Street Grant for Small Businesses from Chase Bank. The FIC needed 250 votes before October 17 to advance to the next round and we not only met it, we exceeded the goal three days early.
A panel of judges will be deliberating among the finalists’ applications and will announce 20 winners in January.
If awarded the grant, the FIC’s top priority will be continuing to provide a two week Forensic and Biometric Internship for ROTC cadets from around the country at no charge to them or their units. The grant will also enhance our summer Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) student tour events by providing improved activities and materials. In addition, it would also provide capital to increase dedicated staff for the growth of FIC, its partners and projects.
FIC is a new concept in forensic services–a successful forensic industry business cluster launched in 2010. A partnership of the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC), Training Team Solutions and Forensic Knowledge Partnership, Inc., the FIC is unique because it works together with mostly local partners to create forensic solutions to address problems that can vary by agency. Our customers are forensic service agencies (crime laboratories and police departments), US and international defense organizations and technology companies. We team with other leading forensic innovators to provide training, technology assistance and support services across multiple forensic disciplines. In the forensic science industry, it is often difficult to find companies that can provide services in more than one or two specialty areas. The FIC solves these issues through partnership.
Learn more about the FIC at www.the-fic.com.