National Institute of Justice Research, Evaluation, and Development Project Grants


GOAL: Foster the development of new knowledge and tools that can be applied to reduce crime and advance justice, particularly at the state and local level. OBJECTIVE: Develop, demonstrate and evaluate programs and practices relevant to criminal justice, juvenile justice and crime victims services outcomes. Identify and analyze the causes and correlates of crime Improve the functioning of the criminal and juvenile justice systems Develop new methods for the prevention and reduction of crime Develop new methods for to detect, investigate and prosecute crime Enhance the justice research infrastructure Performance measures for this assistance listing are: 1.Quality of the research as demonstrated by the scholarly products that result in whole or in part from work funded under the NIJ award, such as published, peer-reviewed, scientific journal articles, and/or (as appropriate for the funded project) law review journal articles, book chapter(s) or book(s) in the academic press, technological prototypes, patented inventions, or similar scientific products. 2. Increase the number of researchers across a wide-range of disciplines working to provide objective, evidence-based solutions to criminal justice challenges, in large extent through fellowship programs such as the NIJ Graduate Research Fellowship program, Visiting Fellows, and the New Investigator/Early Career Research Program

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; L - Dissemination of Technical Information
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2018 • NIJ-funded research led to the introduction of modern police body armor the most important safety equipment used by the Nation’s law enforcement officers. • NIJ leads the federal government’s research efforts to combat human trafficking as well as to develop strategies to prevent individuals from becoming committed to terrorist ideologies. • NIJ-funded research in the use of computers for crime analysis and mapping laid the groundwork for the present, near-pervasive adoption of crime analysis technology. • NIJ is the only federal agency investing in and supporting the development of the robotic systems that are now used in the majority of U.S. forensic DNA laboratories. • NIJ funded the development of the Rapid DNA systems now being used in certain forensic laboratories.
Fiscal Year 2019 NIJ established the only federal grant program that provides funding to institutions of higher education, specifically to sponsor doctoral dissertation research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, as well as the social and behavioral sciences to address criminal justice challenges.
Fiscal Year 2022 Annual reports to Congress on the accomplishments of this program may be found here Annual Reports and Reports to Congress | National Institute of Justice (
I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, Part A, Section 201-202, Public Law 90-351, 42 U.S.C. 3722
II, Subtitle D of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, Part A, Section 201-203, Public Law 90-351, 34 U.S.C. 10121-10123
and an act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is authorized to make grants to, or enter into contracts or cooperative agreements with States, units of local government, for-profit organizations, nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and qualified individuals. Applicants from the Territories of the United States, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions, are also eligible to participate in this program. Certain qualified individuals may be eligible to apply in response to some solicitations under this program, as described in the solicitation document. Federal agencies may be eligible to apply for funding in response to a solicitation under this program, if the solicitation specifies that Federal agencies are eligible. If an award is made to a Federal agency, it will be through an Interagency Agreement (IAA) with the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice.
Beneficiary Eligibility
State and local governments; private nonprofit organizations, public nonprofit organizations, profit organizations, nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and qualified individuals.
The applicant must furnish, along with the application for a grant, cooperative agreement or contract, resumes of principal investigator and key personnel, details of the budget composition, goals, impact, methods, evaluation, schedule and resources of the project.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Effective FY 2021, applications are submitted to DOJ in a two-step process. Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in at To register in, applicants will need to obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and System for Award Management (SAM) registration or renewal. Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application, including attachments, in JustGrants at To be considered timely, an application must be submitted by the application deadline using, and the applicant must have received a validation message from that indicates successful and timely submission. OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date to allow time for the applicant to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.
Award Procedure
Upon approval by the Assistant Attorney General, successful applicants are notified via DOJ's Justice Grants System (JustGrants). The grant award must be accepted electronically by the receiving organizations authorized official in JustGrants.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 60 days for concept papers and 180 days for full proposals.
There are no appeal rights for rejection of a discretionary application, but for discretionary awards, see 28 C.F.R. Part 18.
Please contact the program office for more information.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals are evaluated according to the criteria specified in the program solicitation. With few exceptions, all proposals are reviewed competitively by a peer review panel consisting of outside experts in the field for technical quality and the general merits of the problems addressed. The Institute uses the peer review process to ensure fair and knowledgeable evaluation of preapplications and proposals. Program solicitations are announced in the Federal Register and advertised on the Institute's website at
How may assistance be used?
The funds may be used to conduct research and development pertaining to the above objectives, including the development of new or improved approaches, techniques, systems, and technologies and to carry out programs of research on the causes of crime and means of preventing crime, and to evaluate criminal justice programs and procedures, and responses to crime, violence, and delinquency.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: To assist in fulfilling the Departments responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, Public Law 111–352, recipients must provide data that measures the results of their workin accordance with the guidance provided here Post-Award Requirements for Research, Development, and Evaluation Grants | National Institute of Justice ( .
See 2 CFR 200 for audit requirements. For-profit applicants and applicants applying as individuals (in his/her personal capacity) should review carefully the DOJ Grants Financial Guide and the award terms and conditions for the specific audit requirements that will be applied to awards made to these applicant types.
See 2 C.F.R . ? 200.334 for the government-wide requirements for retention requirements for records.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Project durations are normally up to 36 months but longer awards are possible. Please contact the program office for more information.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Chris Tillery
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
National Institute of Justice
810 7th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20531 US
Phone: (202) 598-7792
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 21$73,892,324.00; FY 22 est $86,015,000.00; FY 23 est $79,800,000.00; FY 20$61,702,043.00; FY 19$63,061,434.00; FY 18$35,377,743.00; FY 17$33,162,241.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
See the current fiscal year's solicitation guidelines posted on the Office of Justice Programs web site at
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Grants and funding information are available free from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, Box 6000, Rockville, MD 20849-6000. Telephone: (800) 851-3420. It is also available electronically through the NCJRS web site at or through the NIJ website under "Funding Opportunities" at
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2018 • A project to apply artificial intelligence technology to combating opioid trafficking • An assessment of cognitive performance-based training to improve police decision-making • An evaluation of massively parallel sequencing technology for routine casework • Research and development to increase the safety, speed, sensitivity, and selectivity of controlled substance analysis • A study of cognitive behavioral interventions to promote successful reentry • A study evaluating a trauma-informed juvenile program in community corrections • A comprehensive assessment of mass shootings • A project to structurally characterize emerging synthetic drugs • A project to apply artificial intelligence technology to combating human trafficking • A study of the impact of focused deterrence strategies • A study of online radicalization to terrorism • A formative evaluation of a technology-based behavioral health program for victims of crime
Fiscal Year 2019 • Graduate research fellowships in science technology, engineering, mathematics and the social and behavioral sciences • Research on immigration and crime • Artificial intelligence research and development to support community supervision • Tribal-researcher capacity building grants • Research and evaluation on promising reentry initiatives • Research and evaluation on trafficking in persons • Research and evaluation on policing • Research and evaluation on drugs and crime • Evaluation of services for victims of crime • Research and evaluation on juvenile justice issues • Research and evaluation on white color crime • A program evaluation of Project Safe Neighborhoods • Research and Evaluation on Firearm violence • Research and Evaluation on violence against women • Research into desistance from crime • Research and evaluation on gangs and gang violence • Research and evaluation for the testing and interpretation of physical evidence in publically funded forensic laboratories • Research and evaluation on terrorism prevention • Research and evaluation on the administration of justice • Research and development in forensic science
Fiscal Year 2022 Examples of funded projects may be found here Awards: Listing of Funded Projects | National Institute of Justice (


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