26 NIJ law enforcement grants open now

NIJ National Institute of Justice

From forensic science to violent crime prevention, the National Institute of Justice has 26 Law Enforcement grants open right now.

NIJ’s competitive programs can be the perfect way to increase funding that helps you better protect your community and better serve your fellow officers.

Here are a few NIJ programs in particular that we have our eyes on

NIJ Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime, Fiscal Year 2019

Research and Evaluation on White-Collar Crime: Health Care and Elder Fraud, Fiscal Year 2019

Evaluation of Project Safe Neighborhoods

Research and Evaluation on Domestic Terrorism Prevention, Fiscal Year 2019

Research and Evaluation on Violence Against Women: Sexual Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking, and Teen Dating Violence, Fiscal Year 2019

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FY 2018 Research and Evaluation on Hate Crimes


NIJ National Institute of Justice

Improve and create programs to reduce hate crimes

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Grant Guidelines

Grant Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 3, 2018

Grants up to $1.5 million to understand hate crimes

NIJ is seeking applications for research and evaluation to:

  • understand the motivations and pathways to hate crime offending;
  • determine whether programs targeted at hate crime offenders are effective at reducing reoffending;
  • determine whether programs that work with victims of hate crimes and their communities are effective at reducing the harms caused by hate crimes; and
  • provide information that will improve investigative and prosecutorial outcomes.
  • All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 3, 2018

Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application.

Learn how to become an NIJ proposal peer reviewer.

Help

This solicitation is competitive; therefore, NIJ staff cannot have individual conversations with prospective applicants. Any questions concerning the solicitation should be submitted to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service:

What this grant does for your agency

This solicitation seeks to address several research gaps that remain. NIJ has identified the following research priorities:

  • Examining the characteristics and motivations of offenders, including an understanding of pathways to hate crime offending. Research that develops new or tests existing typologies of hate crime offenders is also a priority. Information about the characteristics, motivations, and trajectories of individuals who commit hate crimes can aid in the development of evidence-informed interventions that match intervention components to
    targeted groups to prevent hate crimes from occurring.
  • Identifying effective interventions targeted at preventing hate crime offenders from reoffending.
    Identifying effective interventions for addressing the needs of hate crime victims and their communities or working with individuals who commit hate crimes to prevent reoffending. Evaluation of interventions for victims of hate crime would be of particular relevance to victim service providers, while evaluating justice-based interventions aimed at offenders will help to inform the justice system about the most effective ways to prevent reoffending.
  • Conducting research to assist police and prosecutors in responding to, investigating and prosecuting hate crimes. Research that has implications for increasing victim reporting, identifying effective strategies for investigating and prosecuting hate crimes, and improving data collection will be considered under this priority area. The need for improved data collection and research to assist law enforcement and prosecutors were identified as priorities at the 2017 Hate Crimes Summit hosted at OJP.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Federal Award Information

NIJ expects to make up to 2 awards with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $1.5 million. Awards will normally not exceed a three-year period of performance.

An applicant should base its federal funding request and period of performance on the actual requirements of the research, and not necessarily on the anticipated amount of funding available in FY 2018 for awards under this solicitation nor to fit within a three-year period of performance. However, to expedite the budget approval process, applicants are encouraged to break out their budgets by project year or by phases in the event that NIJ choses to fund the project partially or incrementally.

NIJ expects that any award under this solicitation will be made in the form of a grant or
cooperative agreement.

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, 2019.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

In general, NIJ is authorized to make grants to, or enter into contracts or cooperative agreements with, 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), institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), and certain qualified individuals. Foreign governments, foreign organizations, and foreign colleges and universities are not eligible to apply.

About NIJ

NIJ is the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. More https://nij.gov/about/Pages/welcome.aspx

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Grants.gov number assigned to this solicitation: NIJ-2018-13961

Apply for the FY 2018 NIJ Research and Evaluation on Hate Crimes

FY 2018 Comprehensive School Safety Initiative


Comprehensive School Safety Initiative (CSSI)Improve the safety of schools, students, and communities across the nation

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Grant guidelines

Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 7, 2018.

Grants up to $13 million for school safety

Overview

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding under the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative (CSSI). This program furthers the Department’s mission by funding rigorous research to produce practical knowledge that can improve the safety of schools and students. The initiative is carried out through partnerships among researchers, educators, and other
stakeholders, including law enforcement and mental health 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 solicitation includes five funding categories, with different expectations and requirements, to accomplish the purposes of the CSSI.

What this grant does for your department

The Comprehensive School Safety Initiative (CSSI) funds rigorous research to produce practical knowledge that can improve the safety of students and schools. The CSSI 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 school safety knowledge 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:

  • Category 1: Developing Novel and Innovative School Safety Programs, Practices, and Strategies
  • Category 2: Demonstration, Evaluation, and Validation Tests for School Safety
  • Category 3: Expanding the Use of Effective Interventions Through Scaling-Up
  • Category 4: Research on School Safety
  • Category 5: Translation and Dissemination of Comprehensive School Safety Initiative Findings

Review the solicitation.

Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application.

Learn how to become an NIJ proposal peer reviewer.

Federal Award Information

  • For Category 1: NIJ estimates that a total of $5 million will become available. NIJ anticipates awards will be made with performance periods ranging from 24-48 months. NIJ expects to make awards in this category in the form of grants.
  • For Category 2: NIJ estimates that a total of up to $11 million will become available. NIJ anticipates awards will be made with performance periods ranging from 24-48 months. NIJ expects to make awards in this category in the form of grants.
  • For Category 3: NIJ estimates that a total of up to $13 million will become available. NIJ anticipates awards will be made with performance periods ranging from 24-48 months. NIJ expects to make awards in this category in the form of grants.
  • For Category 4: NIJ estimates that a total of up to $7 million will become available. NIJ anticipates that it will make awards with performance periods ranging from 12-24 months. NIJ expects to make awards in this category in the form of grants.
  • For Category 5: NIJ estimates that a total of up to $3 million will become available. NIJ anticipates that it will make awards with performance periods ranging from 36-48 months. NIJ expects to make awards in this category in the form of cooperative agreements.

Help

This solicitation is competitive; therefore, NIJ staff cannot have individual conversations with prospective applicants. Any questions concerning the solicitation should be submitted to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service:

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Grants.gov number assigned to this solicitation: NIJ-2018-14140

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Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program


NIJ National Institute of JusticeAwards of up to $250,000

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Grant Guidelines

Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 30, 2018.

Forensic Science Improvement Grants for Law Enforcement Agencies

About

The Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program funding is available as two separate solicitations – formula and competitive.

Register & Apply

Applicants to the competitive solicitation must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application under this solicitation.

Both State Administering Agencies (SAAs) and units of local government are eligible to apply for the competitive funds.

Review the solicitation.

Full Description

With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals for competitive funding under 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 and mediocolegal death investigators, as needed, to eliminate such a backlog.

Under the Coverdell program, State Administering Agencies (SAAs) are eligible to apply for both formula and competitive funds. Units of local government are eligible to apply for competitive funds only. This solicitation is ONLY for the competitive funds.

NIJ staff cannot have individual conversations with prospective applicants. Any questions should be submitted to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service: 1-800-851-3420; TTY at 301-240-6310 (for hearing impaired only); email grants@ncjrs.gov; fax 301-240-5830; or web chat https://webcontact.ncjrs.gov/ncjchat/chat.jsp. See also NIJ.gov’s funding FAQ page.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants are limited to States (including territories) and units of local government.

State Administering Agencies (SAAs) apply on behalf of States, including any State government
entity.

For information on eligibility, see Section C. Eligibility Information.

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

Grant Purposes

A State or unit of local government that receives a Coverdell grant must use the grant for one or
more of these six purposes:

  1. To carry out all or a substantial part of a program intended to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science or medical examiner/coroner’s office services in the State, including those services provided by laboratories operated by the State and those operated by units of local government within the State.
  2. To eliminate a backlog in the analysis of forensic science evidence, including, among other things, a backlog with respect to firearms examination, latent prints, impression evidence, toxicology, digital evidence, fire evidence, controlled substances, forensic pathology, questioned documents, and trace evidence.
  3. To train, assist, and employ forensic laboratory personnel and medicolegal death investigators, as needed to eliminate such a backlog.
  4. To address emerging forensic science issues (such as statistics, contextual bias, and uncertainty of measurement) and emerging forensic science technology (such as high throughput automation, statistical software, and new types of instrumentation).
  5. To educate and train forensic pathologists.
  6. To fund medicolegal death investigation systems to facilitate accreditation of medical examiner and coroner offices and certification of medicolegal death investigators.

Federal Award Information

NIJ expects to make awards of up to $250,000, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $2,875,000. NIJ expects to make awards for a 12-month period of performance, to begin on January 1, 2019. Applicants should be aware that the total period of an award, including one that receives a project period extension, ordinarily will not exceed three years.

All awards are subject to the availability of appropriated funds and to any modifications or additional requirements that may be imposed by law.

Available Funding: As of the writing of this solicitation, no full-year appropriation has been enacted for the Department of Justice for FY 2018 and thus the amount (if any) that will be made available for the Coverdell program is not known. The figures and calculations reflected in this solicitation (for example, the estimated minimum award to States and the estimated amount of formula funds, by State) are based on an estimated total amount available of $11,500,000, although the amount ultimately made available could be higher or lower (or even zero). Applicants are strongly advised to check for updates to the solicitation prior to submitting applications.

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NIJ FY2017 Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence – Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting Program (SAFE-ITR)


NIJ National Institute of JusticeForensics grant up to $3,600,000

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Grant Guidelines

Grant Deadline: Apr. 28, 2017

Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting for Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence

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.

What this grant does for your agency

This SAFE-ITR program will help defray costs associated with the following three tasks, defined for purposes of this program as set out immediately below:

  • Task 1: Inventory. The term “inventory” refers to a detailed and descriptive list of articles or items (for purposes of this solicitation, SAKs) containing information such as, but not limited to: item identifiers, quantity, and location of the item.
  • Task 2: Tracking. The term “tracking” refers to the monitoring and accounting of SAKs through the course, or path, of their movement from collection through final disposition.
  • Task 3: Reporting. The term “reporting” refers to the task of delivering a written report to the appropriate entity within the prescribed time period and with the applicable data provided.

Agencies awarded the NIJ FY2017 Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence – Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting Program (SAFE-ITR) receive an award in the form of a cooperative agreement.

Total funding for this solicitation and the number of awards made will depend on the availability of funds, the quality of the applications, and other pertinent factors. Applicants should propose a performance period of no longer than 36 months beginning January 1, 2018.

Estimated Total Program Funding: $3,600,000, and the estimated Award Ceiling is $3,600,000. Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • State governments
  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Eligible applicants are States, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior) that collect, store, maintain, and/or send forensic DNA evidence to an existing and accredited crime laboratory that complies with the DNA Quality Assurance Standards and participates in the National DNA Index System (NDIS).

About the National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

NIJ—the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice—is dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science. NIJ provides objective an​d independent knowledge and tools to inform the decision-making of the criminal justice community to reduce crime and advance justice, particularly at the state and local levels. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, Fri., Apr. 28, 2017.

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Funding Opportunity Number: NIJ-2017-11605. Apply for the NIJ FY2017 Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence – Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting Program (SAFE-ITR)

NIJ Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants


NIJ National Institute of JusticeForensics grants up to $250,000

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Grant Deadline: Mar. 10, 2017

Improve forensic science or medical examiner/coroner’s office services

The Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program (the Coverdell program) awards grants to states and units of local government to help improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner/coroner 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.

What this grant does for your agency

Agencies awarded the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants must use the grant for one or more of these 3 purposes:

  • To carry out all or a substantial part of a program intended to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science or medical examiner/coroner services in the State, including those services provided by laboratories operated by the State and those operated by units of local government within the State.
  • To eliminate a backlog in the analysis of forensic science evidence, including, among other things, a backlog with respect to firearms examination, latent prints, toxicology, controlled substances, forensic pathology, questioned documents, and trace evidence.
  • To train, assist and employ forensic laboratory personnel as needed to eliminate such a backlog.
  • To address emerging forensic science issues (such as statistics, contextual bias, and uncertainty of measurement) and emerging forensic science technology (such as high throughput automation, statistical software, and new types of instrumentation).
  • To educate and train forensic pathologists.
  • To fund medicolegal death investigation systems to facilitate accreditation of medical examiner and coroner offices and certification of medicolegal death investigators.

The types of expenses listed below generally may be paid with Coverdell funds:

  • Personnel. Funds may be used for forensic science or medical examiner/coroner personnel, overtime, fellowships, visiting scientists, interns, consultants, or contracted staff.
  • Computerization. Funds may be used to upgrade, replace, lease, or purchase computer hardware and software for forensic analyses and data management.
  • Laboratory equipment. Funds may be used to upgrade, lease, or purchase forensic laboratory or medical examiner/coroner equipment and instrumentation.
  • Supplies. Funds may be used to acquire forensic laboratory or medical examiner/coroner supplies.
  • Accreditation. Funds may be used to prepare for laboratory accreditation by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD-LAB), Forensic Quality Services (FQS), the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME), the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), or other appropriate accrediting bodies. Funds also may be used for application and maintenance fees charged by appropriate accrediting bodies.
  • Education, training and certification. Funds may be used for appropriate internal and external training of staff that are directly and substantially involved in providing forensic science or medical examiner/coroner services. In appropriate cases, funds also may be used for fees charged by appropriate certifying bodies for certification of staff in specific forensic discipline areas. All education, training, and certification activities must be designed to improve the quality and/or timeliness of forensic science or medical examiner/coroner services. The grant application should demonstrate that the proposed training or certification is directly related to the job position and duties of the individual(s) receiving the training or seeking certification.
  • Facilities. Funds may be used for program expenses relating to facilities, provided the expenses are directly attributable to improving the quality and/or timeliness of forensic science or medical examiner/coroner services. Funds also may be used for renovation and/or construction undertaken as part of the applicant’s program to improve the quality and/or timeliness of forensic science or medical examiner/coroner services. See the specific year’s solicitation to which you are applying for detailed on limitations on use of funds for costs of new facility.
  • Administrative expenses. Not more than 10 percent of the total amount of a Coverdell grant may be used for administrative expenses.

NIJ expects that any award under this solicitation will be in the form of a grant. Only a limited number of grants will be awarded. NIJ expects to make awards for a 12-month period of performance, to begin on January 1, 2018.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

States and units of local government may apply for NFSIA funds. States may be eligible for both “base” (formula) and competitive funds. Units of local government within States may be eligible for competitive funds and may apply directly to NIJ. Any State application for funding must be submitted by the Coverdell State Administering Agency (SAA). (Other interested state agencies or departments must coordinate with their respective SAAs.) Each applicant must satisfy the specific application requirements outlined in this announcement, the general requirements for NIJ and OJP grants, and all other applicable legal requirements.

About the National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

NIJ — the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice — is dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science. NIJ provides objective an​d independent knowledge and tools to inform the decision-making of the criminal justice community to reduce crime and advance justice, particularly at the state and local levels. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, Fri., Mar. 10, 2017.

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Funding Opportunity Number: NIJ-2017-11612. Apply for the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants