OVW Research and Evaluation Program


The purpose of the Research and Evaluation (R&E) Program is to further develop and make maximum use of the evidence base for approaches to combatting domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. By generating more knowledge about strategies for serving victims and holding offenders accountable, communities that benefit from VAWA funding will be better equipped to align their work with practices that are known to be effective, and they will be more capable of generating empirical knowledge on the efficacy of new and promising ways of doing things. Because OVW has very limited funds to support research and evaluation, this program prioritizes topics for which a stronger evidence base would help OVW grantees use federal funds most effectively.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Violence Against Women Office, Department of Justice
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Violence Against Women Act, as amended, Public Law 109-162, 42 U.S.C. 13925(b)(7)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants are limited to: States (including territories), units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribal governments as determined by the Secretary of the Interior, nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations), institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education)
Beneficiary Eligibility
This program prioritizes research on topics for which a stronger evidence base would help OVW grantees use federal funds most effectively.
Specific criteria for the program are provided in an annual solicitation available at www.justice.gov/OVW.
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. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow Office on Violence Against Women policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications.
Award Procedure
Upon approval by the Office on Violence Against Women, online notification is sent to the applicant agency with copies of the Grant Award. One copy of the Grant Award must be signed by an authorized official and returned to OVW.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria is specified in the annual program solicitation.
How may assistance be used?
OVW is interested in funding research and evaluation to generate knowledge in the six areas of study listed below: 1. Victims’ needs. How victimization and its aftermath affect people’s lives, especially people who are marginalized; and what they need to cope, heal, and achieve safety and justice 2. Cultures, disparities, and access. Ways that cultural differences and social inequalities matter in terms of where and to whom people go for help, and whether people are able to access justice and get services that are useful to them 3. Justice. Ways the justice system can effectively pursue and achieve justice in cases involving domestic/dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking; with justice broadly understood to include autonomy for victims, accountability for offenders, procedural fairness for all, and restorative justice 4. Impact. Short- and long-term impact of the justice system’s response, victim services, and other VAWA-funded interventions on victim safety and offender accountability 5. Indicators of success. What success looks like and how to measure it—for people who work with victims and offenders, for victims pursing safety and justice, and for offenders being accountable for their violence 6. Prevention. How to prevent violence from happening
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Grantees must monitor grant and subgrant supported activities to assure compliance with applicable Federal requirements and that performance goals are being achieved.
Not applicable.
Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to an award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim or audit is started before the expiration of the three year period, the records must be retained until all litigation, claims or audit findings involving the records have been resolved and final action taken.
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
Information regarding length of awards will be included in an annual solicitation for the program. Funds are released on an as-needed basis to the grantee. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Periodic drawdowns should be based upon immediate disbursement/reimbursement needs and project progress.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Tia Farmer
145 N Street NE
Washington, DC 20530 US
Phone: 2023051177
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 17 Estimate Not Available FY 16$3,356,608.00; FY 18 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Program solicitations can be found at https://www.justice.gov/ovw/grant-programs. Recipients must comply with the current version of the DOJ Financial Grants Management Guide found at https://www.justice.gov/ovw/grantees.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.