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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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  • NIJ Research Assistantship Program: The NIJ Research Assistantship Program (RAP) offers highly qualified doctoral students the opportunity to bring their expertise to NIJ to work across offices and program areas to obtain a practical and applied research experience. The program is newly designed and welcomes students from an array of disciplines to apply their expertise to the criminal justice field. Applications due January 16, 2018.