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


To encourage and support research, development, and evaluation to further understanding of the causes and correlates of crime and violence, methods of crime prevention and control, and criminal justice system responses to crime and violence and contribute to the improvement of the criminal justice system and its responses to crime, violence, and delinquency.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Justice
Office: National Institute of Justice
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, Sections 201 and 202, as amended, 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 State and local governments, private nonprofit organizations, public nonprofit organizations, 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 are also eligible to participate in this program. Federal agencies are eligible to apply for funding under this solicitation. 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.

Regarding the question below relating to the applicability of 2 CFR 200, Subpart E – Cost Principles: The cost principles are generally applicable, except with respect to for-profit entities or to organizations listed at Appendix VIII to 2 CFR Part 200. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. General information is provided in individual program solicitations, which are obtained by accessing the web site at, sending a self- addressed mailing label to NCJRS, Box 6000, Rockville, MD 20849-6000; or calling toll free to request a copy. Telephone: (800) 851-3420. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110 or the Common Rule, where applicable. The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) requires that funding applications be submitted electronically through the OJP Grants Management System (GMS), which will be accessed at On-line submission of an application represents legal binding acceptance of the terms of the application. For further information about GMS, call the OJP GMS Hotline at (1-888) 549-9901.
Award Procedure
All applications are reviewed and evaluated by program managers for compatibility with the needs of the Institute's research plan, on-going or prior studies, and the particular promise of the proposal itself. The Institute uses external peer review processes, in addition to NIJ program manager review, in order to weigh each application in terms of proposed methodology, economy, and other criteria bearing on the technical merit of the proposal. The Institute Director makes final award decisions, incorporating the recommendations of the relevant NIJ staff and management-level personnel and external peer reviewers.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 60 days for concept papers and 180 days for full proposals.
For statutory formula awards, see 28 C.F.R. Part 18. 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?
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Recipients are required to submit semi-annual Progress Reports. Recipients are required to submit quarterly Financial 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 work.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. See 2 CFR 200 for audit requirements.
See 2 C.F.R . § 200.334 for the government-wide requirements for retention requirements for records.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements. This program has no statutory formula requirement. However, the Institute shall require, whenever feasible, as a condition of approval of a grant or contract that the recipient contribute money, facilities, or services to carry out the purpose for which the grant or contract is sought.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Project durations are normally up to 24 months but longer awards are possible. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Please contact the program office for more information.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
NIJ, U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
National Institute of Justice
810 7th Street, N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Phone: (202) 307-6394.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $35,644,740; FY 15 est $47,500,000; and FY 16 est $52,500,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
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
Not Applicable.


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