Grant to a USA and territories local, State, or tribal agency, IHE, nonprofit, business, or qualified individual to form a research consortium focused on studying violence against women. New applicants should apply to register early as the process can take several weeks. All applicants must update or renew SAM registration annually; the process can take up to 10 business days to complete.
Funds will be provided for research focused on topical areas related to violence against women to include domestic and intimate partner violence, sexual violence, stalking, and teen dating violence. The research consortium is expected to be an interdisciplinary team of researchers representing expertise broadly across violence against women. The research consortium will support NIJ in a variety of research, evaluation, and planning tasks throughout the duration of the award.
The VAW research and evaluation program seeks to improve knowledge and understanding of teen dating violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, and sexual assault issues through science. The mission of the program is to promote the safety of women and girls and to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the criminal justice system’s response to these crimes.
The mission is accomplished through the following objectives:
1. Identifying the causes and consequences of VAW.
2. Evaluating promising prevention and intervention programs.
3. Rapid communication of research results.
4. Supporting effective collaboration among a multidisciplinary set of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers in the conduct of research.
Core research faculty affiliated with the consortium should have the following combined content area and methodological expertise:
• Teen dating violence.
• Sexual violence.
• Intimate partner and domestic violence.
• Criminal justice system.
• Qualitative research methods.
• Quantitative research methods.
• Program evaluation.
• Statistical programming and analyses.
• Instrumentation and survey design.
It is not necessary nor expected that research faculty are affiliated with a single institution; however, the Consortium should be based out of a single academic institution or research organization. It is recommended that core research faculty for this Consortium is comprised of different disciplines, organizations, and institutions.
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
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs).
U.S. Territory or Possession
Additional Eligibility Criteria
- Certain qualified individuals.
- 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, 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 research, as applicable. If successful, the applicant will be responsible for monitoring and appropriately managing any subrecipients or, as applicable, for administering any procurement subcontracts that would receive federal program funds from the applicant under the award.
An eligible applicant may submit more than one application, as long as each application proposes a different project in response to the solicitation.
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If the applicant is proposing a project that reasonably could be conducted in discrete phases, with each phase resulting in completion of one or more significant, defined milestones, then NIJ strongly recommends that the applicant structure the application—specifically including the narrative, expected scholarly products, timelines/milestones, and budget detail worksheet and budget narrative—to clearly set out each phase. (This is particularly the case if the applicant proposes a project that will exceed—in cost or length of project period—the amount or length anticipated for an individual award (or awards) under this solicitation.) Given limitations on the availability to NIJ of funds for research, development, and evaluation awards, this information will assist NIJ in considering whether partial funding of proposals that would not receive full funding would be productive.
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Additional Funding Information
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Number of Grants
Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $5,000,000.
Term of Contract
48–60 month project period, beginning on January 1, 2017.
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