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Grants to USA Agencies, Nonprofits, Businesses, IHEs for Research Related to Criminal Justice

New Investigator/Early Career Program in the Social and Behavioral Sciences


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
CFDA Number: 16.560
Funding or PIN Number: NIJ-2016-9152
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/02/16 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
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.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • 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)
  • Single entities
  • Small businesses
  • State governments
  • 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.

Pre-Proposal Conference
A webinar was held on March 29, 2016, to assist potential applicants in developing strong proposals. A recording and transcript are available at

Pre-Application Information
To assist applicants in completing their proposals, NIJ has made the answers to questions received available for this funding opportunity. Visit for questions and answers to help prepare your application.

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 prior to submitting an application. Registering with 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, 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.

Contact Information
For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Customer Support Hotline at
800-518-4726 or 606-545-5035
The 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); fax to 301-240-5830

Web chat at

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.

RFP & Supporting Documents
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