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The Development and Validation of Microbial Soil Community Analyses for Forensics Purposes

Objective

Crime-fighting is a significant concern of the European Union. The EU is committed to fighting all forms of serious, organised and transnational crime. This commitment has led to the decision in 1999 to create a network of national authorities responsible for crime prevention, and later to the establishment (in 2001) of the European Crime Prevention Network and specifically, in the support of forensic science. This project (MiSAFE – Microbial Soil Analysis) fits as a part of this commitment to a safe Europe. It also reflects the EU’s 2020 Flagship Initiative (SEC(2010) 1161) for increasing the output of innovative research to the entrepreneurial world.
Soil intelligence can usually be re-assessed to provide direct evidence during the evidential phase of an investigation, where it is being assembled against a specific suspect. Such soil evidence is often comparative, but clearly it is necessary for the soil expert to assist the court as to the likelihood of the results being derived from some other, unrelated, location. The development of soil DNA tools within MiSAFE will improve on conventional approaches.
The partnership comprises two SMEs, two police forces and three academic institutions. The overall aim of MiSAFE is to develop tools for crime-fighting and crime-prevention, providing opportunities for European SMEs to lead in this new field of environmental genetic forensics.
The specific project objectives will be to:
1. Develop appropriate sample collection, storage, and processing tools for soil DNA as applied to forensic science.
2. Apply and delimit the use of DNA-based technologies in soil forensic science for search and evidence.
3. Develop and apply data analysis software and user interface for soil DNA tools.
4. Validate and legally consolidate the use of microbial soil forensic science across the range of EU legal systems.
5. Provide basic standards and procedures for creating a pan-EU soil microbial database.

Call for proposal

FP7-SEC-2012-1
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Coordinator

THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM
Address
Edmond J Safra Campus Givat Ram
91904 Jerusalem
Israel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 346 190
Administrative Contact
Jane Turner (Ms.)

Participants (6)

LIBRAGEN
France
EU contribution
€ 501 625
Address
Rue Des Satellites 3
31400 Toulouse
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrick Robe (Dr.)
QIAGEN AARHUS AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 494 000
Address
Silkeborgvej 2
8000 Aarhus
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Knudsen (Mr.)
ECOLE CENTRALE DE LYON
France
EU contribution
€ 270 000
Address
Avenue Guy De Collongue 36
69134 Ecully
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bénédicte Martin (Dr.)
THE JAMES HUTTON INSTITUTE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 247 985
Address
Errol Road Invergowrie
DD2 5DA Dundee
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Emma Wing (Mrs.)
MINISTRY OF PUBLIC SECURITY
Israel
EU contribution
€ 53 100
Address
Ba'alei Hamelacha 41
72558 Ramle
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tiberiu Roth (Mr.)
MINISTERIO DEL INTERIOR
Spain
EU contribution
€ 78 100
Address
Calle Amador De Los Rios 7
28071 Madrid
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Cañellas Miguel (Mr.)