The collaboration between academic faculty interested in forensic science research and education, practicing forensic scientists in law enforcement agencies, scientists in well-equipped government laboratories and public-oriented corporate sponsors results in a synergistic environment that is mutually beneficial toward the advancement of forensic science. Practicing forensic scientists provide many years of experience and expertise with real world scientific challenges. The academic researchers provide a second arena for scientific validation that enhances the scientific defensibility of results in the courtroom and provide the student assistance to address research needs. Government laboratories provide access to additional state-of-the-art facilities and expertise. Below are examples of IFRI partners.