Grants to USA local, State, and tribal agencies, IHEs, nonprofits, businesses, and individuals for research related to public safety, crime control, and the administration of criminal justice. Applicants are encouraged to register to apply several weeks before the deadline. Applicants are required to propose a principal investigator who received a terminal degree within the past four years.
The goal of this solicitation is to broaden the pool of NIJ researchers by encouraging new scholars to champion their own research. The objective of the New Investigator/Early Career Program in the Social and Behavioral Sciences is to provide assistant professors with an opportunity to conduct applied research in an area of criminal justice.
Priority will be given to research including, but not limited to, ORE’s interests: justice systems (e.g., policing, courts, and corrections); violence and victimization; and crime control and prevention. NIJ encourages applications from diverse social and behavior sciences including criminal justice, criminology, economics, law, psychology, public health, and sociology. Proposed research designs must include qualitative and/or quantitative primary data collection.
For profit organizations other than small businesses
Institutions of Higher Education; IHE(s)
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
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs).
Additional Eligibility Criteria
- Certain qualified individuals
Applications must propose research led by a Principal Investigator (PI) who must:
• Have received a terminal degree within the four (4) years prior to September 30, 2016.
• Hold a non-tenured assistant professor position at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States.
• Not have previously served as PI on an NIJ research grant or fellowship (with the exception of Graduate Research Fellows).
Please note that applicants may not submit the same research project for funding under other NIJ Fellowship opportunities such as W.E.B. Du Bois. However, applicants are permitted to submit applications for funding of different research projects to multiple NIJ Fellowship opportunities.
For-profit organizations must agree to forgo any profit or management fee.
Foreign governments, foreign organizations, and foreign institutions of higher education are not eligible to apply.
NIJ welcomes applications that involve two or more entities that will carry out the funded federal award activities, however, one eligible entity must be the applicant and the other(s) must be proposed as subrecipient(s). The applicant must be the entity with primary responsibility for conducting and leading the project.
A webinar was held on March 29, 2016, to assist potential applicants in developing strong proposals. A recording and transcript are available at http://bit.ly/1VhPBOr.
An eligible applicant may submit more than one application, as long as each application proposes a different project in response to the solicitation.
Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. Registering with Grants.gov is a one-time process; however, processing delays may occur, and it can take several weeks for first-time registrants to receive confirmation and a user password. OJP encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline.
Submitting well ahead of the deadline provides time to correct the problem(s) that caused the rejection. Important: OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date to allow time 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.
Number of Grants
Up to 10.
Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $150,000.
Term of Contract
For project periods not to exceed 24 months.
For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at
800-518-4726 or 606-545-5035 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Grants.gov Support Hotline hours of operation are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except 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)