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NIJ Funding Opportunities

  • Research and Evaluation on Promising Reentry Initiatives "The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding for randomized controlled trial (RCT) evaluations of promising reentry initiatives. This program furthers the Department’s mission by supporting research to reduce violent crime and protect public safety personnel." Applications Due: May 13, 2019
  • Research and Development in Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes “The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding of basic or applied research and development in forensic science for criminal justice purposes. This program furthers the Department’s mission by sponsoring research to provide objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of criminal justice, particularly at the state and local levels. NIJ’s Forensic Science Technology Working Group (TWG) identifies current technology challenges encountered in operational forensic science laboratories. Research based knowledge and newly developed tools that work towards resolving these identified challenges facilitate the criminal justice community to enforce the law, promote public safety, prevent and reduce crime, and ensure fair and impartial administration of justice.” Applications Due: April 11, 2019

  • Graduate Research Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics "The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding innovative doctoral dissertation research in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics that is relevant to providing solutions to prevent and reduce crime, and promote the fair and impartial administration of criminal justice in the United States. This program furthers the Department’s mission by sponsoring research to provide objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges ofcrime and justice, particularly at the state and local levels." Applications Due: April 17, 2019

  • Graduate Research Fellowship in the Social and Behavioral Sciences "The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding of innovative doctoral dissertation research in the social and behavioral sciences that is relevant to reducing and preventing violent crime, combating the opioid epidemic, promoting law enforcement officer safety, health, and wellness, rescuing and restoring crime victims, securing our Nation’s borders, and enhancing law enforcement investigations and prosecutions. This program furthers the Department’s mission by sponsoring research to provide objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at the state, local and tribal levels." Applications Due: April 8, 2019
  • Research and Evaluation on the Administration of Justice "The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding for investigator-initiated, interdisciplinary research and evaluation projects related to the administration of justice in three areas: (1) eyewitness evidence; (2) police deflection strategies; and (3) forensic testimony. This program furthers the Department’s mission by sponsoring research to provide objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at the state and local levels." Applications Due: April 19, 2019
  • Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence "The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding to assist in defraying the costs associated with postconviction case review, evidence location, and DNA testing in violent felony cases (as defined by State law) where the results of such testing might show actual innocence. This program furthers the Department’s mission by ensuring the availability of fair and impartial administration of justice to Americans who may have been unjustly convicted." Applications Due: May 6, 2019
  • Research and Evaluation on Policing "The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding for research projects employing randomized control trials (RCTs) to develop evidence-based knowledge in policing. This program furthers the Department’s mission by sponsoring research to provide objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of policing, particularly at the State, local, and tribal levels." Applications Due: May 7, 2019
  • Research and Evaluation for the Testing and Interpretation of Physical Evidence in Publicly Funded Forensic Laboratories "The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for research and evaluation studies to produce practical knowledge that has the potential to improve the examination and interpretation of physical evidence in forensic science laboratories. This program furthers the Department’s mission by sponsoring research to provide objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of criminal justice, particularly at the State and local levels." Applications Due: April 29, 2019
  • Research and Evaluation on Domestic Terrorism Prevention "The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding for research designed to meet the challenges stemming from domestic terrorism. This program furthers the Department’s mission by sponsoring research related to strategies for effective prevention and intervention of domestic radicalization to terrorism." Applications Due: April 22, 2019
  • Research and Evaluation on Gangs and Gang Violence "The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for the funding of research and evaluation projects that inform efforts to prevent and reduce gang activity, violence, and victimization in the United States. This program furthers the Department’s priority to prevent and reduce victimization and the wide range of criminal activities that gangs commit." Applications Due: April 29, 2019
  • Research into Desistance from Crime, FY 2019 "The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking to build upon its past research efforts to understand and aid in accelerating the process of desistance from crime. NIJ encourages applicants to submit proposals for innovative approaches to advance the field’s conceptualization of desistance, novel ways of understanding the processes underlying desistance from crime, and integrating desistance into criminal justice practice and policy. This program furthers the Department’s mission by advancing knowledge regarding issues deemed critical by the Department." Applications Due: April 29, 2019
  • Evaluation of Project Safe Neighborhoods "The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding a multi-site evaluation to assess the effectiveness of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program. PSN is a Department of Justice-sponsored initiative that involves cooperation of multiple criminal justice agencies and their partners working at the local level to develop and implement strategic responses to reduce violent crime, with specific emphasis on gun crime. This evaluation project will include between eight (8) and ten (10) local site-level evaluations as well as one national assessment of PSN. This program furthers the Department’s mission by building knowledge about the effectiveness of violence reduction approaches." Applications Due: May 1, 2019
  • Investigator-Initiated Research and Evaluation on Firearm Violence "The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for the funding of research and program evaluation projects that inform efforts to prevent and reduce intentional, interpersonal firearm violence and public mass shootings in the United States. NIJ will support scientifically rigorous research and evaluation projects designed to strengthen the knowledge base and produce findings with the high practical utility to improve public safety. This solicitation furthers the Department’s mission by advancing knowledge about prevention and reduction of gun crimes, gun violence related victimization, and the wide range of criminal activities related to firearm violence." Applications Due: April 29, 2019
  • Research and Evaluation on White-Collar Crime: Health Care and Elder Fraud "The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for proposals for research and evaluation projects addressing two types of white-collar crime: 1) health care fraud and 2) elder fraud and financial exploitation. NIJ’s interest includes, but is not limited to, the use of computers and the Internet (cybercrime) in the commission of either of these types of white-collar crime. NIJ will support scientifically rigorous research and evaluation projects that will advance our understanding of these types of crime and effective approaches for identifying, preventing, investigating, and prosecuting them. This solicitation supports the U.S. Department of Justice’s priorities related to reducing crime, supporting prosecutors, and reducing victimization." Applications Due: May 2, 2019
  • NIJ Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime FY 2019 "The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding of rigorous applied research on evidence-based tools, protocols, and policies for State, tribal, and local law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies that address drug trafficking, drug markets, and drug-related violence. The research focus of this solicitation is criminal investigation, prosecution, drug intelligence, and community surveillance relevant to narcotics law enforcement, forensic science, and/or medicolegal death investigation. DOJ has identified the FY 2019 solicitation drug priorities as:1) fentanyl and its illicit analogues; 2) methamphetamine; and 3) illegal marijuana markets." Applications Due: May 6, 2019
  • Evaluation of Services for Victims of Crime "The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for rigorous program evaluation of specific services for victims of crime. This solicitation is for a formative evaluation and evaluability assessments, which are not to exceed a 24-month performance period. Research proposed may be focused at the state, local, or federal level. This program furthers the Department’s mission by sponsoring research to provide objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at the state and local levels." Applications Due: May 6, 2019
  • Research and Evaluation on Trafficking in Persons "The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for research and evaluation projects that support and inform federal, state, local, and tribal criminal justice agencies and victim service providers in responding to the challenges that trafficking in persons (also referred to as “human trafficking,” or “trafficking”) pose in their jurisdictions. This program furthers the Department’s mission by sponsoring research to provide objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at the state and local levels." Applications Due: May 8, 2019
  • Measuring the Impact of Victim Services: Instrument Development "The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding for the development of a tool for use by victim service providers, relevant government entities, and victim service-provider funding administrators to assess the effectiveness of victim service programming. The tool will consist of two parts. The first is a validated, multi-lingual instrument to collect relevant outcome data from the consumers of the services (i.e., victims). The second is an adaptable software platform for the delivery of the instrument to the consumer. The project is not to exceed a 36-month period of performance. This program furthers the Department’s mission by sponsoring research to provide objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at the state and local levels." Applications Due: May 16, 2019
  • Artificial Intelligence Research and Development to Support Community Supervision "The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding of innovative, investigator-initiated technology research and development (R&D) projects to apply advances in artificial intelligence (AI) to promote the successful reentry of offenders under community supervision in the United States. This program furthers the U.S. Department of Justice’s priorities to reduce crime and to protect police, other public safety personnel, and the public." Applications Due: May 13, 2019
  • Research into Immigration and Crime, FY 2019 "The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for research into immigration and crime. With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals for research projects that increase understanding of the relationships between immigration and crime. This program furthers the Department’s mission by reducing crime and restoring a lawful system of immigration." Applications Due: May 20, 2019
  • Research and Evaluation in Safety, Health, and Wellness in the Criminal Justice System "The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for research in four areas: (1) the cumulative effects of shift-work schedules, overtime, and secondary employment on the health, safety, performance, and quality of life of police or correctional officers; (2) enhancing strategies for officer interaction with individuals presenting with mental illness; (3) understanding the impact and management of stress, burnout, and vicarious trauma to advance resiliency of the forensic science workforce; and (4) understanding the impact of undercover work on officer wellness. This program furthers the Department’s mission by sponsoring research to provide objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at the state and local levels." Applications Due: May 28, 2019
  • National Juvenile Justice Data Analysis Program "The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding to support and enhance the National Juvenile Justice Data Analysis Program. This program furthers the Department’s mission by producing and disseminating statistical information on a range of topics related to juvenile crime, victimization, and the juvenile justice system." Applications Due: May 20, 2019
  • FY 2019 DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program (Formula) "The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for the FY 2019 DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction (CEBR) program. This program furthers the Department’s mission by funding States and units of local government with existing crime laboratories that conduct DNA analysis to increase the capacity of publicly funded forensic DNA and DNA database laboratories to process more DNA samples, thereby helping to reduce the number of forensic DNA and DNA database samples awaiting analysis and/or prevent a backlog of forensic and database DNA samples." Applications Due: May 13, 2019
  • Tribal-Researcher Capacity Building Grants "The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding for grants to support research involving federally recognized tribes (or tribally based organizations) on issues of crime and justice in the United States. This program furthers the Department’s mission by sponsoring research to provide objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at the tribal level." Applications Due: May 13, 2019
  • Native Student Travel Scholarship Program: Connecting Science to Crime and Justice Application Requirements Applications Due: May 17, 2019