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

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, IHEs,
and Individuals for Research on Violent Crimes Against Women

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

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04/12/18 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofits, for-profits, government agencies, IHEs, and certain qualified individuals to carry out research addressing stalking, dating violence, and gender-based assault. Applicants are advised to create or verify the required registrations well in advance of the deadline. The purpose of this program is to improve strategies to prevent and respond to violent crimes against women.


The goals of the Violence Against Women program of research are to improve knowledge and understanding of intimate partner and dating violence, stalking, and sexual violence through science to best prevent and respond to these violent crimes. This call for proposals is tied to Department of Justice priorities related to reducing violent crime, responding to victimization, protecting police officers, enhancing investigations and prosecution, and strengthening immigration enforcement. NIJ strives to support objective and independent knowledge and validated tools to reduce violence against women, promote justice for victims of crime, and enhance criminal justice responses to such crimes.

Program-Specific Information:

The goals of the Violence Against Women (VAW) program of research are to promote the safety of women and girls and to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the criminal justice system’s response to these crimes. The program seeks to improve knowledge and understanding of teen dating violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and stalking in order to reduce these violent crimes and enhance criminal justice engagement with victims through the following objectives:

1. Estimating the scope of the problem;
2. Identifying the causes and consequences of VAW;
3. Evaluating promising prevention and intervention programs;
4. Communicating research results rapidly; and
5. Supporting effective collaboration among a multidisciplinary set of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers in the conduct of research.

NIJ works closely with a number of state, local, and tribal criminal justice stakeholders to inform violence against women research and evaluation. NIJ also coordinates and collaborates with other science agencies and program offices within the Department of Justice and across the Federal Government (e.g., Department of Health and Human Services, Department of State, Department of the Interior) to ensure coordination of research and evaluation efforts.

NIJ has supported research in the area of violence against women for over four decades through annual solicitations, research workshops, and dissemination efforts. A compilation of NIJ’s work in this area can be found in the Violence and Victimization Research Division’s Compendium of Research on Violence Against Women, 1993-2016,2 which highlights over 300 projects supported through NIJ’s program since 1993. More information on NIJ’s support of research in the areas of intimate partner violence, stalking, teen dating violence, and sexual violence can be found on topic-specific webpages on NIJ’s website.

Program priority areas are documented on the web pages and/or in summaries of research meetings and workshops.

Although proposals broadly related to violence against women topics are acceptable under this solicitation, NIJ has outlined priority areas below on criminal justice systems’ responses to intimate partner violence, teen dating violence, sexual violence, and stalking, generally, and related to violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consider proposals that fall within NIJ’s priority areas.

Specifically, NIJ is soliciting proposals that examine the following:

-Investigation and/or prosecution of the crimes of intimate partner violence, teen dating violence, sexual violence, or stalking pertaining to case flow and attrition, decision-making, training, case management, and coordination with criminal justice systems and community-based entities;

-Programs or interventions aimed at enhancing law enforcement, prosecutorial, or judicial responses to intimate partner violence, teen dating violence, sexual violence, or stalking; and/or programs or interventions aimed at enhancing victim engagement with the criminal justice system;

-Research and evaluation of policies, procedures, protocols, trainings, or interventions that address officer safety when responding to domestic violence/intimate partner violence calls and incidents;

-Use of technology including digital devices/evidence in the investigation, prosecution, and/or court-based decision-making, including offender management, pertaining to the crimes of intimate partner violence, teen dating violence, sexual violence, or stalking. Of particular interest to NIJ are body-worn cameras, crime mapping applications, location- based technologies, and machine learning techniques.

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.

In addition to the aforementioned areas, NIJ will prioritize studies that conduct replication research, longitudinal research, and/or include advanced statistical modeling, applied policy analysis, interdisciplinary research teams, and/or researcher-practitioner partnerships.

New Investigator/Early Career Opportunity:

NIJ is interested in supporting researchers who are early in their careers and new to NIJ’s research grant portfolios, specifically non-tenured assistant professors, or equivalent full-time staff scientist positions in a research institution, who propose research on violence against women topics as outlined in this solicitation. Applications that include a principal investigator (PI) who meets the criteria may, in appropriate circumstances, be given special consideration in award decisions.

At the time of application submission, the proposed PI must:

-Hold a non-tenured assistant professor appointment at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or an equivalent full-time staff scientist position at a research institution

-Have completed their terminal degree or post-graduate clinical training within the ten (10) years prior to September 30, 2018

-Never have received prior NIJ funding as a PI on a research project with the exception of Graduate Research Fellows or Data Resources Program grantees

Note that NIJ grant awards are made to the applicant institution and do not transfer with the proposed PI to other institutions; the institution that applies for the award should be the institution that will manage the award for the duration of the project period. The applicant should identify that this is a New Investigator/Early Career proposal on the title page of their application.

Goals, Objectives, Deliverables, and Expected Scholarly Products:

The goals of the violence against women program of research are to improve knowledge and understanding of teen dating violence, domestic and intimate partner violence, stalking, and sexual violence issues. NIJ strives to provide objective and independent knowledge and validated tools to reduce violence against women, and promote healing and justice for victims. The objective of this solicitation is to fund multiple projects on criminal justice responses across major violence against women content areas including intimate partner and dating violence, sexual violence, stalking, and violence against American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Final Research Report. Any recipient of an award under this solicitation will be expected to submit a final research report. Additional information on the final research report requirement for the solicitation is posted on the Post Award Reporting Requirements Page on NIJ’s website.

Required Data Sets and Associated Files and Documentation:

Any recipient of an award under this solicitation will be expected to submit to the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) all data sets that result in whole or in part from the work funded by the award, along with associated files and any documentation necessary for future efforts by others to reproduce the project’s findings and/or to extend the scientific value of the data set through secondary analysis.

In addition to these deliverables, NIJ expects scholarly products to result from each award under this solicitation, taking the form of one or more published, peer-reviewed, scientific journal articles, and/or (if appropriate) law review journal articles, book chapter(s) or book(s) in the academic press, technological prototypes, patented inventions, or similar scientific products.

The Goals, Objectives, Deliverables, and Expected Scholarly Products are directly related to the performance measures that demonstrate the results of the work completed.

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GrantWatch ID#: 183060

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Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 8

Term of Contract:

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.

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.

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 define each phase. (This is particularly the case if the applicant proposes a project that will exceed—in cost or the length of the period of performance—the amount or length of time anticipated for an individual award (or awards) under this solicitation.) Given limitations on the availability to NIJ of funds for awards for research, development, and evaluation, this information will assist NIJ in considering whether partial funding of applications would be productive. (If, in 2018 NIJ elects to fund only certain phases of a proposed project, the expected scholarly products from the partial-funding award may, in some cases, vary from those described above.)

NIJ may, in certain cases, provide additional funding in future years to awards made under its research, development, and evaluation solicitations, through continuation awards. In making decisions regarding continuation awards, OJP will consider, among other factors, the availability of appropriations, when the program or project was last competed, OJP’s strategic priorities, and OJP’s assessment of both the management of the award (for example, timeliness and quality of progress reports), and the progress of the work funded under the award.

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


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • 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
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Single entities
  • Small businesses
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

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

NIJ welcomes applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (subgrantees). The applicant must be the entity that would have primary responsibility for carrying out the award, including administering funding, managing the entire project, and monitoring and appropriately managing any subawards (“subgrants”).

Under this solicitation, any particular applicant entity may submit more than one application, as long as each application proposes a different project in response to the solicitation. Also, an entity may be proposed as a subrecipient (subgrantee) in more than one application.

NIJ may elect to fund applications submitted under this FY 2018 solicitation in future fiscal years, dependent on, among other considerations, the merit of the applications and on the availability of appropriations.

What will not be funded:
-Applications primarily to purchase equipment, materials, or supplies. (A budget may include these items if they are necessary to conduct research, development, demonstration, evaluation, or analysis.)
-Applications that are not responsive to this specific solicitation.
-Programs or services unrelated to the scope of the research project or existing programs
or services being evaluated.
-Training in support of programs or direct services unrelated to or associated with the proposed research project.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must register with prior to submitting an application.

Applicants must acquire a unique entity identified, currently a DUNS number. A DUNS number is usually received within 1-2 business days.

All applicants for OJP awards (other than individuals) must maintain current registrations in the SAM database. An applicant must be registered in SAM to successfully register in Each applicant must update or renew its SAM registration at least annually to maintain an active status. SAM registration and renewal can take as long as 10 business days to complete (2 more weeks to acquire an EIN).

An application cannot be successfully submitted in until receives the SAM registration information. Once the SAM registration/renewal is complete, the information transfer from SAM to can take as long as 48 hours. OJP recommends that the applicant register or renew registration with SAM as early as possible.

All applications are due by 11:59 PM eastern time on April 12, 2018.

OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date, to allow time for the applicant to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from, and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

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