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
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; L - Dissemination of Technical Information
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.
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?
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.
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?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
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 www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij, 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 https://ojp.gov/funding/Explore/CurrentFundingOpportunities.htm. 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.
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 for NIJ research, development, and evaluation awards, incorporating the recommendations of the relevant NIJ staff and management-level personnel and the assessments of technical merit provided by external peer reviewers.
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 www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij.
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?
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.
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 . SS 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 24 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
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
National Institute of Justice
810 7th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20531 US
(Project Grants) FY 18$35,377,743.00; FY 19 est $42,000,000.00; FY 20 est $43,500,000.00; 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 https://ojp.gov/funding/Explore/CurrentFundingOpportunities.htm.
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 www.ncjrs.org or through the NIJ website under "Funding Opportunities" at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij.
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 crimeFiscal 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