NIJ Challenge

Solicitation Title Date Posted Application Due Date
December 29, 2016 February 27, 2017 11:59 p.m.
Description:

With this solicitation, NIJ is seeking proposals for research and evaluation projects that may:

  1. Identify and inform the forensic community of best practices through the evaluation of existing laboratory protocols; and
  2. Have a direct and immediate impact on laboratory efficiency and assist in making laboratory policy decisions.

The intent of this program is to direct the findings of the research and evaluation toward the identification of the most efficient, accurate, reliable, and cost-effective methods for the identification, analysis, and interpretation of physical evidence for criminal justice purposes.

September 1, 2016 February 28, 2017 11:59 p.m.
Description:

​ The Crime Forecasting Challenge seeks to harness the advances in data science to address the challenges of crime and justice. It encourages data scientist​s 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.​

November 18, 2016 February 28, 2017 11:59 p.m.
Description:

​ NIJ is seeking proposals for basic or applied research and development projects. An NIJ forensic science research and development grant supports a discrete, specified, circumscribed project that will: 

  1. ​increase the body of knowledge to guide and inform forensic science policy and practice, or 
  2. lead to the production of useful material(s), device(s), system(s), or method(s) that have the potential for forensic application. ​

​ The intent of this program is to direct the findings of basic scientific research; research and development in broader scientific fields applicable to forensic science; and ongoing forensic science research toward the development of highly-discriminating, accurate, reliable, cost-effective, and rapid methods for the identification, analysis, and interpretation of physical evidence for criminal justice purposes.

January 10, 2017 March 10, 2017 11:59 p.m.
Description:

​ NIJ is seeking proposals for the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program (the Coverdell program), which awards grants to states and units of local government to help improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner/coroner's office services. Among other things, funds may be used to eliminate a backlog in the analysis of forensic evidence and to train and employ forensic laboratory personnel, as needed, to eliminate such a backlog. State Administering Agencies (SAAs) may apply for both "base" (formula) and competitive funds. Units of local government may apply for competitive funds.  This funding opportunity is only for competitive funds.

January 10, 2017 March 10, 2017 11:59 p.m.
Description:

​ NIJ is seeking proposals for the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program, which awards grants to states to help improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner/coroner's office services. Among other things, funds may be used to eliminate a backlog in the analysis of forensic evidence and to train and employ forensic laboratory personnel, as needed, to eliminate such a backlog. State Administering Agencies (SAAs) may apply for both "base" (formula) and competitive funds. This funding opportunity is only for the formula ("base") funds.

January 11, 2017 March 13, 2017 11:59 p.m.
Description:

Demands for forensic DNA analysis have increased every year from 2009 to 2014, with a 28 percent increase in cases submitted to forensic DNA laboratories from 2009 to 2014. The growing demand for DNA testing comes from two primary sources: (1) improved analysis techniques that have led to the recovery of DNA profiles from items of evidence from which it was not previously possible to retrieve such profiles, and (2) the increased collection and processing of DNA from crime scenes; victims of sexual assault; reference and elimination samples; arrestee and convicted offender samples as required by applicable State laws; unidentified human remains; cold case investigations; and postconviction relief efforts.

Often, a single case submission includes requests for forensic analyses in DNA and non-DNA disciplines. Enhancing capacity and improving efficiency in the processing and testing of non-DNA evidence from cases that also involve a request for DNA analysis will ultimately reduce the backlog of DNA evidence. NIJ's DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction (CEBR) program does not permit the use of funds for non-DNA disciplines. The Forensic DNA Laboratory Efficiency Improvement and Capacity Enhancement (EI&CE) program is intended to help address that gap.

The EI&CE program awards funding to eligible entities, through a competitive application process, with two (2) program objectives:

  1. Enhancing the capacity and increasing the efficiency of crime laboratories to process, record, screen, and analyze DNA and other forensic evidence; and
  2. Decreasing the turnaround time to process and analyze DNA evidence.
January 11, 2017 March 13, 2017 11:59 p.m.
Description:

The goal of NIJ's FY 2017 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction (CEBR) program is to assist eligible states and units of local government to process, record, screen, and analyze forensic DNA and/or DNA database samples and to increase the capacity of public 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.

Under this program, in general, eligible applicants are given the opportunity, based on their individual needs, to determine what portion of their anticipated funding should be used for capacity building purposes and what portion should be used for analysis of forensic DNA and/or DNA database samples.

January 13, 2017 March 14, 2017 11:59 p.m.
Description:

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has a longstanding history of collaborating with and supporting the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) on research, evaluation, and programmatic projects. Over the years, the shared priorities of OVC and NIJ have resulted in a number of collective projects, workshops, and research. In 2013, OVC began Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services, which called for the development of research to build a body of evidence-based knowledge on victims and victimization.

With this solicitation, NIJ is collaborating with OVC to build on four areas of research that are of interest to both agencies. These topics include:

  1. Victim/Offender Overlap.
  2. Understanding Violent Victimization Experiences of Understudied Populations.
  3. Evaluation of Victim-Centered Alternative Justice Models.
  4. Evaluation of Victim Service Delivery Models.​
January 4, 2017 March 15, 2017 11:59 p.m.
Description:

​ The purpose of this solicitation is to support research to produce sustainable community-level reductions in violence. NIJ seeks to develop scientific evidence and build practical knowledge of the factors that contribute to achieving enduring violence reductions in communities. NIJ is interested in receiving proposals for research with both empirical and theory-building elements that will lead to practical and generalizable recommendations. These recommendations should inform community-focused efforts to produce substantial and lasting violence reductions in communities that have suffered from persistently high levels of violence, including those funded by OJP such as the OJP Diagnostic Center and the Violence Reduction Network.​

January 6, 2017 March 17, 2017 11:59 p.m.
Description:

With this solicitation, NIJ continues to build upon its research and evaluation efforts to better understand, prevent, and respond to trafficking in persons in the United States. Applicants should propose research projects that — first and foremost — have clear implications for criminal justice in the United States. This year, NIJ is particularly interested in research responding to the following priority areas:

  1. building knowledge on domestic victims of labor trafficking;
  2. evaluation of the enhanced collaborative model to combat human trafficking;
  3. exploration of housing in human trafficking; and
  4. evaluation of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) mentoring project sites for child victims of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic sex trafficking.

Strong applications that address human trafficking in the U.S. in a criminal justice context that falls outside these priority areas will also be considered.

January 17, 2017 March 20, 2017 11:59 p.m.
Description:

​ Violence Against Women research and evaluation is one of the major foci of NIJ's Violence and Victimization Research Division. The goals of the Violence Against Women program of research are to improve knowledge and understanding of teen dating violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, and sexual violence. NIJ strives to support objective and independent knowledge and validated tools to reduce violence against women and girls, and promote justice for victims of crime.​

January 9, 2017 March 20, 2017 11:59 p.m.
Description:

Strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner System is a competitive program designed to support the enhancement of medicolegal death investigation (MDI) services and increase the supply of forensic pathologists nationwide.

With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals to strengthen the medical examiner/coroner (ME/C) system in the United States. Through this program, NIJ will support grants in two focus areas by:

  1. ​supporting forensic pathology fellowships; and
  2. providing resources necessary to achieve accreditation.
January 18, 2017 March 20, 2017 11:59 p.m.
Description:

NIJ is seeking applications for funding for research and evaluation related to the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elderly individuals. As the elderly population grows, crimes against this population are expected to increase. NIJ has identified the following two priority areas:

  1. Defining and operationalizing polyvictimization among elderly individuals; and
  2. Developing a taxonomy of case outcomes that can be used to define success in elder abuse intervention research from multiple perspectives.​
January 9, 2017 March 22, 2017 11:59 p.m.
Description:

​ This solicitation seeks to build knowledge and research-informed evidence related to strategies for effective prevention and intervention of domestic radicalization and violent extremism in the U.S. This funding will support both programmatic evaluations and foundational research to better understand causes and contributing factors to radicalization. Areas of focus will include (but are not limited to): risk factors and risk assessment tools; development of instruments, procedures, and practices; and comparative/multi-site programmatic evaluations and analyses. This solicitation aims to bridge gaps in knowledge by understanding why and how radicalization occurs, and what research-informed steps can be taken to prevent it, or intervene before it leads to violence.​

January 5, 2017 March 23, 2017 11:59 p.m.
Description:

​ The purpose of this solicitation is to promote multidisciplinary research in the area of safety, health, and wellness for the criminal justice community in support of the NIJ Safety, Health, andWellness Strategic Research Plan 2016-2021.

Applicants should submit proposals that address one of the three categories identified below. NIJ anticipates that up to $4.5 million may become available for awards under this solicitation. Each category aligns with specific objectives within the NIJ Safety, Health, and Wellness Strategic Research Plan

Categories: 

  1. Causes and effects of stress and trauma on: (a) law enforcement and corrections officers or (b) individuals in violent communities; 
  2. Impact of parental jail 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.

Applicants should note that each category seeks to improve health and wellness in specific populations using different researcher strategies and goals. Category 1 seeks applicants using behavioral, psychological, and physiological measures related to mental and physical health. Category 2 seeks applicants studying the impact of the criminal justice system on families and child development. Category 3 seeks to address policy related to courts and the criminal justice system. 

January 5, 2017 March 23, 2017 11:59 p.m.
Description:

​With this solicitation, NIJ seeks applications for funding research and/or evaluation projects to examine the impacts of policing strategies and practices using outcome measures that consider crime reduction as well as other possible positive and negative impacts on individuals, neighborhoods, communities, and the policing organizations.

NIJ will accept proposals to assess strategies and practices that focus on place (where crime occurs) or the individual level, such as the Chicago (IL) Police Department’s Strategic Subjects List intervention. One of the major objectives of this solicitation is the development of more complete measures of the impacts of a particular strategy and/or practice. NIJ is particularly interested in understanding the degree to which a strategy and/or practice can be effective in reducing crime with minimal negative collateral consequences.​

January 6, 2017 March 23, 2017 11:59 p.m.
Description:

The provision of policing services involves an interaction between an officer and individuals in the communities that they serve. In many instances, these interactions occur where the officer, the citizen, or both are under a great deal of stress, with little time to make a decision that could result in death, injury, or both.

With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals for funding to support interdisciplinary research and/or evaluation projects to provide knowledge that can be applied to improve officer decision-making — thereby enhancing outcomes in police-citizen interactions. Projects of interest include, but are not limited to, research and/or evaluation dealing with the impact of the following topics on how well an officer makes decisions: 

  1. Personality traits
  2. Environment
  3. Training.

NIJ will consider proposals for field and laboratory experiments.

January 12, 2017 March 23, 2017 11:59 p.m.
Description:

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
January 5, 2017 March 23, 2017 11:59 p.m.
Description:
The purpose of this solicitation is to promote multidisciplinary research in the area of safety, health, and wellness for the criminal justice community in support of the NIJ Safety, Health, andWellness Strategic Research Plan 2016-2021.

Applicants should submit proposals that address one of the three categories identified below. NIJ anticipates that up to $4.5 million may become available for awards under this solicitation. Each category aligns with specific objectives within the NIJ Safety, Health, and Wellness Strategic Research Plan

Categories: 

  1. Causes and effects of stress and trauma on: (a) law enforcement and corrections officers or (b) individuals in violent communities; 
  2. Impact of parental jail 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.

Applicants should note that each category seeks to improve health and wellness in specific populations using different researcher strategies and goals. Category 1 seeks applicants using behavioral, psychological, and physiological measures related to mental and physical health. Category 2 seeks applicants studying the impact of the criminal justice system on families and child development. Category 3 seeks to address policy related to courts and the criminal justice system. 

January 5, 2017 March 23, 2017 11:59 p.m.
Description:

​ ​The purpose of this solicitation is to promote multidisciplinary research in the area of safety, health, and wellness for the criminal justice community in support of the NIJ Safety, Health, andWellness Strategic Research Plan 2016-2021.

Applicants should submit proposals that address one of the three categories identified below. NIJ anticipates that up to $4.5 million may become available for awards under this solicitation. Each category aligns with specific objectives within the NIJ Safety, Health, and Wellness Strategic Research Plan

Categories: 

  1. Causes and effects of stress and trauma on: (a) law enforcement and corrections officers or (b) individuals in violent communities; 
  2. Impact of parental jail 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.

Applicants should note that each category seeks to improve health and wellness in specific populations using different researcher strategies and goals. Category 1 seeks applicants using behavioral, psychological, and physiological measures related to mental and physical health. Category 2 seeks applicants studying the impact of the criminal justice system on families and child development. Category 3 seeks to address policy related to courts and the criminal justice system. 

January 13, 2017 March 24, 2017 11:59 p.m.
Description:

​ The Comprehensive School Safety Initiative (CSSI) funds rigorous research to produce practical knowledge that can improve the safety of students and schools. The Initiative is carried out through partnerships between researchers, educators, and other stakeholders; including law enforcement, behavioral and mental health professionals, courts, and other justice system professionals. Projects funded under the CSSI are designed to improve understanding that can be applied to schools and school districts across the nation for years to come. This solicitation includes five funding categories with different expectations and requirements to accomplish the purposes of the CSSI.

The three categories focused on developing knowledge through this tiered evidence approach are:
  • Developing Novel and Innovative School Safety Programs, Practices, and Strategies.
  • Demonstration, Evaluation and Validation Tests for School Safety.
  • Expanding the use of Effective Interventions through Scaling-up.
This solicitation will also include funding categories to support research on causes and consequences of school safety issues as well as assessments of school safety issues in tribal communities.
  • Research on School Safety.
  • Understanding School Safety in Tribal Schools.​
January 12, 2017 March 24, 2017 11:59 p.m.
Description:

​ NIJ seeks applications for funding for investigator-initiated research and evaluation projects related to reducing firearms violence and understanding the causes and effects of firearms violence. This solicitation aims to strengthen NIJ’s knowledge base and improve public safety by producing findings with practical implications for reducing firearms violence. This solicitation is focused specifically on producing research related to intentional, interpersonal firearms violence.​

January 17, 2017 March 30, 2017 11:59 p.m.
Description:

The Comprehensive School Safety Initiative (CSSI) funds rigorous research to produce practical knowledge that can improve the safety of schools and students. The Initiative is carried out through partnerships between researchers, educators, and other stakeholders; including law enforcement, behavioral and mental health professionals, courts, and other justice system professionals. Projects funded under the CSSI are designed to produce knowledge that can be applied to schools and school districts across the nation for years to come.

This specific solicitation seeks applications for funding to support projects to:

  1. demonstrate and evaluate the application of existing technologies to improve school safety; or that
  2. develop, demonstrate, and evaluate innovative, new technologies that can improve the safety of schools.
January 6, 2017 March 31, 2017 11:59 p.m.
Description:

The W.E.B. Du Bois Program supports quantitative and qualitative research on the intersections of race, offending, victimization, and the fair administration of justice for both juveniles and adults. It furthers the Department's mission by advancing knowledge regarding the confluence of crime, justice, and culture in various societal contexts. This funding opportunity seeks investigator-initiated proposals to conduct research on topics linked to race and crime in the context of violence and victimization, crime and crime prevention, and justice systems.

In FY 2017, NIJ will give priority consideration to proposals for research on:

  • Homicide and other violence in minority communities
  • Criminal courts (including but not limited to screening and assessment, legal defense systems, and sentencing reform) 

Funding is available for two categories:

  1. Scholars who are advanced in their careers may apply for up to $500,000 for research (excluding projects that only analyze secondary data) with a plan to mentor less experienced researchers
  2. Fellows who are early in their careers may apply for up to $100,000 for secondary data analysis projects, or up to $150,000 for research projects involving primary data collection (a short-term residency at NIJ is optional)
January 3, 2017 April 3, 2017 11:59 p.m.
Description:

NIJ is seeking applications for research and evaluation relating to bias crime (a.k.a. hate crime) victimization and perpetration. Prejudice and bias have provided motivation for criminal offenses throughout history. Victims of bias crime may be targeted because of their (perceived) land of origin, religion, skin color, language, sexual orientation, disability, or other traits.

For this solicitation, NIJ is interested in a broad range of research that will address gaps in our ability to identify, assess, and understand the behavior of bias crime offenders and experiences of bias crime victims. Priority will be given to applications that either: examine pathways to bias-motivated criminal behavior, or rigorously evaluate criminal justice or victim service interventions designed to prevent reoffending or assist bias crime victims.​