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Research and Evaluation on Violence Against Women

Grants to USA Agencies, IHEs, Businesses, and Nonprofits
for Research Promoting Justice and Addressing Violence

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

LOI Date:

03/04/20

Deadline Date:

04/13/20 3:59 PM Eastern Time

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories units of government, tribal governments, IHEs, businesses, and nonprofit organizations to conduct research in the areas of promoting justice and reducing violence. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The ultimate goal of this solicitation is to reduce violence against women through the development of evidence-based knowledge to inform the formulation of effective strategies to best prevent and respond to such crime and violence.

NIJ strives to support objective and independent knowledge and validated tools to reduce violence against women (VAW) (including violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls), promote justice for victims of crime, and enhance criminal justice responses. For that reason, this solicitation seeks applications for grant funding to conduct research and evaluation projects examining a broad range of topics including the crimes of homicide, intimate partner and dating violence, rape and sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking, along with the associated criminal justice system response, procedures, and policies.

This year, NIJ is particularly interested in research responding to the following two priority areas:

  1. Evaluation research on VAW programs.
  2. VAW research.

NIJ’s Violence Against Women and Family Violence Research and Evaluation program seeks to promote the safety of women and family members, and to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the criminal justice system's response to such crimes. Key objectives of the program include estimating the scope of the problem; identifying causes and consequences; evaluating promising prevention and intervention programs; compiling and disseminating research findings; and partnering to promote and facilitate collaboration, coordination, and cooperation among a wide variety of disciplines. A broad range of topics is covered under this program that touch on a wide variety of public health and safety topics as well as criminal justice challenges, including the availability of legal and victim support services, the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs, and the impact of such crimes over time.

In addition to the priority areas, NIJ will also prioritize studies that conduct replication research, longitudinal research, and/or include advanced statistical modeling, applied policy analysis, interdisciplinary research teams, and/or researcher-practitioner partnerships.

NIJ seeks either: (1) formative evaluations and evaluability assessments or (2) outcome evaluations of VAW programs. For more information, see https://nij.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh171/files/media/document/NIJ-2020-17331.pdf#page=6.

Research on VAW includes homicide, intimate partner and dating violence, sexual violence, and stalking. For a list of research and evaluation proposal topics, see https://nij.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh171/files/media/document/NIJ-2020-17331.pdf#page=8.

Priority Areas:

Applications proposing activities in the following areas may be given priority consideration:

  • Addresses the specific challenges that rural communities face.
  • Encouraging program investments in economically distressed communities (Qualified Opportunity Zones). 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188087

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,500,000

Number of Grants:

5

Estimated Size of Grant:

To be determined by the funding requested in awarded applications, and available funding.

Term of Contract:

To be determined by the period of performance of awarded applications. Successful applicants will be expected to complete the work proposed within a five-year period of performance.

To allow time for (among other things) any necessary post-award review and financial clearance by OJP of the proposed budget and for any associated responses or other action(s) that may be required of the recipient, applicants should propose an award start date of January 1, 2021.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In general, NIJ is authorized to make grants to, or enter into contracts or cooperative agreements with eligible entities as listed below:
- States (including territories);
- Units of local government;
- Federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior);
- Nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations); and
- Institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education).

Foreign governments, foreign organizations, and foreign colleges and universities are not eligible to apply. Federal agencies are eligible to apply. (Any award made to a federal agency will be made as an inter-agency reimbursable agreement.)

All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee.

NIJ will consider applications under which two-or-more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (subgrantees). The applicant must be the entity that would have primary responsibility for carrying out the award, including administering the funding and managing the entire project. For additional information on subawards, see the OJP Grant Application Resource Guide.

Under this solicitation, any particular applicant entity may submit more than one application, as long as each application proposes a different project in response to the solicitation. Also, an entity may be proposed as a subrecipient (“subgrantee”) in more than one application.

NIJ is interested in supporting researchers who are early in their careers and new to NIJ’s research grant portfolios, specifically non-tenured assistant professors, or equivalent full-time staff scientist positions in a research institution, who propose research on topics relevant to NIJ’s Office of Research, Evaluation and Technology (ORET). To that end, NIJ may, in appropriate circumstances, give special consideration in award decisions to applications proposing such researchers as principal investigators. To qualify, the proposed PI must at the time of application submission:
- Hold a non-tenured assistant professor appointment at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or an equivalent full-time staff scientist position at a research institution; and
- Has completed a terminal degree or post-graduate clinical training within the ten (10) years prior to September 30, 2020, and
- Has never previously received NIJ funding as a PI on a research project with the exception of Graduate Research Fellows or Data Resources Program grantees.
If seeking to be considered for the New Investigator/Early Career Opportunity, the applicant should identify that they are submitting a New Investigator/Early Career proposal on the title page of the application.

For a list of items not eligible for funding, see: https://nij.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh171/files/media/document/NIJ-2020-17331.pdf#page=14.

Pre-Application Information:

Please note that the deadline for applications under this solicitation is 3:59 p.m. eastern time on April 13, 2020.

Applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of intent to apply by March 4, 2020. Submitting a letter of intent will not obligate a potential applicant to apply. Applicants who do not provide a letter of intent can still apply.

OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date, to allow time for the applicant to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from Grants.gov, and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

Before applying, applicants must:
1) Prior to Registering in Grants.gov:
- Acquire a DUNS Number at https://www.dnb.com/
- Acquire or renew registration with SAM https://sam.gov/SAM/
2) To Register with Grants.gov:
- Acquire AOR and Grants.gov username/password
- Acquire AOR confirmation from the E-Biz POC
For more information, see OJP Grant Application Resource Guide at: https://www.ojp.gov/microsite-subpage/ojp-grant-application-resource-guide#howToApply

Applicants must register with Grants.gov at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html prior to submitting an application.

General information on applying for NIJ awards can be found at https://nij.ojp.gov/funding. Answers to frequently asked questions that may assist applicants are posted at https://nij.ojp.gov/funding/frequently-asked-questions-about-applying-grants-and-cooperative-agreements.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=323882
For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit letters of intent to NIJFY20VAWResearch@usdoj.gov.

For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 1-800-518-4726 or 1-606-545-5035 (international), at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/support.html, or at support@grants.gov. The Grants.gov Support Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on federal holidays.

For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center: toll-free at 1-800-851-3420; via TTY at 301-240-6310 (hearing impaired only); email grants@ncjrs.gov; fax to 301-240-5830; or web chat at https://webcontact.ncjrs.gov/ncjchat/chat.jsp. The NCJRS Response Center hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. eastern time, Monday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern time on the solicitation close date.

For technical assistance, contact grants@ncjrs.gov.

CFDA Number:

16.560

Funding or Pin Number:

NIJ-2020-17331

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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