U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
04/30/18 11:59 PM ET
Grants to USA and territories nonprofits, for-profits, government agencies, IHEs, and certain qualifying individuals to support investigator-initiated research to address the intersections of crime, violence, race, and the justice system. Applicants are advised to create or verify the required registrations well in advance of the proposal deadline.
The W.E.B. Du Bois Program supports quantitative and qualitative research that furthers the Department’s mission by advancing knowledge regarding the intersections of race, crime, violence, and the administration of justice within the United States. This solicitation seeks investigator-initiated proposals for funding to conduct research on topics linked to issues deemed critical by the U.S. Department of Justice, including:
-Reducing violent crime;
-Enhancing investigations and prosecution;
-Protecting police officers and other public safety personnel;
-Reducing victimization; and
-Enhancing immigration enforcement.
The proposals should have clear implications for criminal justice policy and practice in the United States.
NIJ seeks applications for funding from two categories of researchers:
1. W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars in Race and Crime Research – Researchers who are advanced in their careers (awarded a terminal degree at least six years prior to December 31, 2018) may apply for research and mentoring less-experienced researchers.
2. W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship for Research on Race and Crime – Researchers who are early in their careers (awarded a terminal degree within six years prior to December 31, 2018) may apply for research. A period of residency at NIJ is optional, but not required.
W.E.B. Du Bois (1868-1963) was an American sociologist, historian, writer, and editor. As a social scientist, Du Bois used objective scientific methods to advocate for social change. The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study, published by Du Bois in 1899, was a groundbreaking sociological study of the city’s African American community. It was one of the first research projects to combine urban ethnography, social history, and descriptive statistics.
Since FY 2000, NIJ has supported the W.E.B. Du Bois Program to advance the field of research on race and crime in the United States, with funding for fellows who are early in their careers. Past fellows have examined policing, courts, corrections, and other topics.
Many fellows have applied quantitative methods, such as using national survey, police department, and other archival data, for longitudinal, multilevel, and other statistical analyses. With increased NIJ grant funding to promote mixed-method approaches, some fellows have incorporated primary data collection, including qualitative research, into their protocols. Examples include: police decision-making pathways in diverse communities; examining how risk assessment and neighborhood context affects sentencing decisions; focus groups with the Albanian diaspora in communities affected by organized crime; and a survey experiment testing the effect of exposure to various cues on support for justice reinvestment.
In FY 2016, NIJ expanded the program to include a new funding category with support for more extensive research projects led by experienced principal investigators (PI) who could provide mentoring to less experienced researchers. NIJ has awarded several grants under the scholar and fellowship funding categories, including research on youth violence and victimization, policing and traffic stops, civilian oversight and review boards, prison reform effects, pre- adjudication risk-needs assessments, and inter-generational gang violence.
W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars in Race and Crime Research:
Prospective scholars from all social, behavioral, and other disciplines are welcome to apply.
-Possess a terminal degree in their respective field; and
-Have received a terminal degree prior to December 31, 2012.
NIJ is soliciting proposals for advanced Scholars to conduct innovative, multi-disciplinary, multi-method research studies that build on past research and advance knowledge about the occurrence of crime and the effectiveness of criminal justice programs. In order to inform practice and policy relevant to state, tribal, and local jurisdictions and their criminal justice stakeholder communities, NIJ seeks proposals that will make significant contributions to theory and/or research methods. Applicants must state specific research questions, including how the proposed project is designed to advance current research, and how research findings have the potential to add substantially to the knowledge base of the proposed line of inquiry.
Randomized controlled trial (RCT) studies are a powerful, much needed tool for building scientific evidence about what works. Therefore, studies employing RCT methods to assess the effectiveness of programs and practices will be given higher priority consideration. RCT applications with strong designs measuring outcomes of self-evident policy importance are strongly encouraged. A strong RCT design should include low sample attrition, sufficient sample size, close adherence to random assignment, valid outcome measures, and statistical analyses. Taking RCT costs into consideration, applicants may want to consider studies using privacy-protected administrative data that are already being collected or implementing an intervention into a program already funded.
A secondary goal of the W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars Program is to grow the field of well-trained researchers studying race and crime. Scholars must propose a mentorship component to the study that goes beyond hiring graduate and undergraduate students as project staff. Applications must include a general mentorship plan, with details on how the proposed research will contribute to the mentoring and training of junior researchers, graduate students, and/or undergraduate students by the Scholar and research partners. This general mentorship plan must be provided as an appendix to the application.
For mentorship plan approval as part of the grant award process, NIJ will require:
-The curriculum vitae/resume of the individual(s) to be mentored;
-A career development plan for the mentee(s);
-A description of the use of resources for the mentoring enterprise, such as research work space and equipment, statistical software, and other research support;
-A description of the availability of activities (including classes, seminars, and informal opportunities) for interaction with other scientists or researchers;
-Training in career skills, such as grant-writing and effective presentations; and
-A statement that at least one peer-reviewed journal article that comes from the project will be first authored by the mentee(s).
W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship for Research on Race and Crime:
Prospective scholars from all social and behavioral sciences, and other disciplines, are welcome to apply.
-Possess a terminal degree in their respective field;
-Not have been awarded tenure by December 31, 2018.
NIJ is soliciting proposals for Fellowships from researchers, who are early in their careers, to conduct qualitative and/or quantitative research that may include secondary data analysis. This category offers talented researchers an opportunity to elevate independently generated research and ideas to the level of national discussion. In this funding category, first time grant recipients are encouraged to apply. Fellowship applicants have the option of proposing a short-term residency at NIJ; however, residency is not a Fellowship requirement and security clearance must be completed before residency may begin.
GrantWatch ID#: 178658
Expected Number of Awards: 6
W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars in Race and Crime Research: Researchers may apply for funding up to $500,000 .
W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship for Research on Race and Crime: Researchers may apply for funding up to $250,000 for research.
W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars in Race and Crime Research: Researchers may apply for 36-month (or less) grants.
W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship for Research on Race and Crime: Researchers may apply for 24-month (or less) grants.
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.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
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For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center:
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