Major international grant for AUAS Forensic Science programme

Horizon2020 grant

8 Feb 2018 11:00 | Communication

The Forensic Science degree programme of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences is a partner in the large-scale Shuttle project, which has received a €10.5 million grant from Horizon 2020, the European Commission's main grant programme for research and innovation. The AUAS and the Netherlands Forensic Institute are the only Dutch partners.

SHUTTLE stands for Scientific High-throughput and Unified Toolkit for Trace analysis by forensic Laboratories in Europe. The partners, including the French and Greek Ministries of the Interior, Portugal’s Ministry of Justice and Israel’s Ministry of Public Security, are developing a toolkit that will make it possible to analyse fibres collected after a crime in a uniform manner. The exchange of such crime-related fibres is currently difficult because the analysis is subjective and time-consuming. A uniform method of investigating clues and sharing the research findings is desirable in order to enable internationally and scientifically substantiated research in investigation proceedings. This will make it possible to tackle more international crime.

Testing the prototype

Together with student researchers, the degree programme will contribute to testing the prototype of the toolkit and conducting scientific research using the toolkit, thus providing a large amount of useful data for the final implementation.


The degree programme will also be responsible for developing training for the use of the toolkit. AUAS students will participate in this training in the form of a practical lab, for example, and will therefore work directly with the latest techniques. The curriculum that is developed will also be useful for training forensic laboratory staff in Europe.

Horizon2020 is the main European grant programme for international research. Some 70 billion euros is available for allocation by 2020. The AUAS aims to submit more research applications for this programme. Shuttle is the first AUAS project to receive a grant from this fund.