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NIJ Funding Opportunities

The NIJ's Director Corner recently featured the topics for upcoming funding opportunities:

  • "Research and Evaluation in Safety, Health, and Wellness in the Criminal Justice System:  This solicitation will promote multidisciplinary research on stress and trauma within law enforcement, corrections, and individual communities; the impact of parental incarceration on children; and the efficacy of services that respond to children exposed to violence.  We do not anticipate releasing any separate research solicitations this year dealing with children exposed to violence or corrections issues.
  • Research to Improve Officer Decision-Making: Policing involves interactions between officers and individuals in the communities that they serve, which may require rapid decision-making in potentially dangerous environments. NIJ seeks proposals for interdisciplinary research or evaluation projects to provide knowledge that can improve officer decision-making and enhance outcomes in police-citizen interactions. This may include research on how an officer’s attributes, environment, and training impact their decision-making.  
  • Understanding the Impacts of Policing Strategies and Practices: When crime reduction is the primary measure of the impact of a policing practice or strategy, its collateral impacts on the community and the police organization, both positive and negative, are not explored. In this solicitation, NIJ seeks research to develop measures of impact that take into consideration how policing strategies positively or negatively impact the individuals, neighborhoods, and communities policed, particularly as they relate to public trust and police legitimacy. We do not anticipate releasing any additional policing research solicitations this year beyond the two listed here.
  • Research on Reducing Violence in Communities: This new NIJ solicitation seeks research designed to produce sustainable reductions in violence and develop recommendations to reduce violence through community-focused efforts in communities that have suffered from persistently high levels of violence.
  • Investigator-Initiated Research and Evaluation on Firearms Violence: This solicitation seeks research and evaluation projects related to reducing intentional, interpersonal firearms violence and understanding its causes and effects. NIJ will be focusing on research that can build knowledge; evaluate prevention or intervention programs; assess the effects of legislation; and analyze illicit, secondary firearms markets.
  • New Investigator/Early Career Program: In the second year of this program, NIJ will be providing new investigators the opportunity to build experience managing federal research grants. Scholars awarded a terminal degree within the last four years are eligible to propose research using either the social and behavioral or STEM disciplines to answer questions or address needs related to crime and justice.
  • W.E.B. Du Bois Program of Research on Race and Crime: NIJ will be continuing this long-standing program to identify and understand the dynamics of the criminal justice system that may result in disparities based on gender, race or ethnicity, and culture. Funding will be provided to W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars who are advanced in their careers (awarded a terminal degree at least six years ago) as well as W.E.B. Du Bois Fellows who are early in their careers (awarded a terminal degree within the last six years)."

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"The Real-Time Crime Forecasting Challenge seeks to harness the advances in data science to address the challenges of crime and justice. It encourages data scientists across all scientific disciplines to foster innovation in forecasting methods. The goal is to develop algorithms that advance place-based crime forecasting through the use of data from one police jurisdiction."


"The Drugs and Crime Research Program furthers the Department’s crime prevention and law enforcement goals by supporting research on drug-related crime to promote effective law enforcement, court, and corrections responses to illegal drug markets (including diversion of legal drugs) and criminal behavior related to drug use. This funding opportunity seeks proposals to conduct applied research that examines criminal justice tools, protocols, and policies concerning drug trafficking, markets and use, applicable to State, tribal and local jurisdictions.

NIJ has identified two drug priorities:

  1. Heroin and other opioids (including diverted prescription drugs)
  2. Novel psychoactive substances (also known as synthetic drugs)

Applications must address one of two research categories:

  1. Criminal investigation and prosecution (including narcotics enforcement, forensic science, and medicolegal death investigation)
  2. Drug intelligence and surveillance"

Applications Due: April 24, 2017 (deadline extended)


"The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP) National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence-Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting (SAFE-ITR) program. The program will fund States, units of local government, and tribal governments to implement an evidence management program to inventory, track, and report untested and unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs). From the time an evidence SAK is collected to the time it leaves the laboratory and the case receives final disposition in court, the status and location of the SAK will be known. This program furthers the Department’s mission to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior, and to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans." Applications Due: April 28, 2017


"The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding for an evaluation of Vision 21: Law Enforcement and the Communities They Serve: Supporting Collective Healing in the Wake of Harm Program administered by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). This program furthers the Department’s mission 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 15, 2017


"The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding for research in three areas: (1) the impact of acute and chronic stress on (a) law enforcement and corrections officers and (b) individuals in violent communities; (2) the impact of parental incarceration on children; and (3) the efficacy of services, strategies, policies, and processes within the criminal or juvenile justice system that serve as responses to children exposed to violence." Applications Due: May 8, 2017