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Scientific High-throughput and Unified Toolkit for Trace analysis by forensic Laboratories in Europe

Objective

Transfer traces analysis currently suffers from several limitations: highly subjective and selective, this process is also very time-consuming, hence inefficient, whereas results are difficult, if not impossible, to compare and share among forensic laboratories. As a consequence, the use of forensic data in cross-border investigations, and in foreign courts is limited. Creating a unified transfer traces automated analysis toolkit would allow for a higher productivity of forensic workers, better crime resolution and enable further collaboration across end-users.
In addition to the lack of maturity of its potential components, the economical question is the barrier that hinders the development of such a toolkit as a sole forensic service can’t afford funding the corresponding R&D activities. the SHUTTLE project then intends to run a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) action between forensic institutes across Europe to mitigate these technical and financial barriers and jointly carry out the procurement of the necessary Research and Development (R&D) activities to develop a machine+toolkit that will integrate different tape analysis tools to automate the routine part of the work of trace evidence examiners and, eventually, strengthen further judicial and police cooperation.
The SHUTTLE toolkit will be scientific, as the results obtained will be objective and validated, which will strengthen their usefulness and usability. It will be high-throughput, as the instrumentation will be built to process large amounts of samples and data. The acquired data will be stored in a database together with the results of other methods. These databases can be shared and maintained together, and be used to provide a scientifically justified, numerical evidential value.
Finally, SHUTTLE, which will be validated in conformity with ISO17025, will unify the methodology used in several European countries and will foster collaboration across countries and institutions in Europe.

Call for proposal

H2020-SEC-2016-2017-2
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Coordinator

MINISTERE DE L'INTERIEUR
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Place Beauvau
75800 Paris
France
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 757 198,13

Participants (7)

Netherlands Forensic Institute
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 316 350
Address
Laan Van Ypenburg 6
2490 AA The Hague
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
KENTRO MELETON ASFALEIAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 7 424 071,88
Address
P Kanellopoulou 4 St
10177 Athina
Activity type
Research Organisations
LIETUVOS TEISMO EKSPERTIZES CENTRAS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 44 184,38
Address
Lvovo Gatve 19A
09313 Vilnius
Activity type
Research Organisations
Ministério da Justiça
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 69 468,75
Address
Praça Do Comércio S/n
1149-019 Lisboa
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
ARTTIC
France
EU contribution
€ 735 575,63
Address
Rue Du Dessous Des Berges 58A
75013 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MINISTRY OF PUBLIC SECURITY
Israel
EU contribution
€ 141 750
Address
Ba'alei Hamelacha 41
72558 Ramle
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
STICHTING HOGESCHOOL VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 22 455
Address
Wibautstraat 3 B College Van Bestuur
1091 GH Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments