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Tribal-Researcher Capacity Building Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Tribes, Agencies,
and Individuals for Crime Research in Tribal Communities

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

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04/23/18 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofits, for-profits, IHEs, government agencies, tribal governments, and certain qualified individuals for crime-related research involving federally recognized tribes or tribal organizations. Applicants are advised to create or verify the required registrations well in advance of the deadline date.


NIJ actively supports research that involves federally recognized tribes (or tribally based organizations) on issues of crime and justice in the United States. In doing so, NIJ is committed to ethical and engaged efforts in line with responsible research conduct and federal trust responsibilities. This solicitation seeks to enhance and expand such research through the provision of grants to support development of relevant, new and innovative research projects. To ensure proposed projects result in tangible and mutually beneficial studies, they must include a new tribal-researcher partnership component.

Program-Specific Information:

Through this solicitation, NIJ will provide small grants to fund applicants that wish to both (1) initiate new and innovative research projects involving federally recognized tribes (or tribally based organizations) and (2) to facilitate a new tribal-researcher investigator partnership.2 Under this solicitation, grant funding may be awarded to cover costs associated with:

-Engaging and conferring with tribal nations on criminal justice research, development, testing (e.g., technology), and evaluation aimed to improve public safety in tribal communities;

-Establishing new tribal nation and tribal program partnerships and participation (e.g., technical and factual presentations to tribal leadership or governing bodies, including those requested by a tribe in connection with its process for providing its authorization (through tribal resolution or other appropriate documentation) to participate in the funded project; obtaining participatory agreements; and securing tribal Institutional Review Board (IRB) approvals);

-Developing research questions and study designs using community-based participatory research principles that involve the tribal partner in all aspects of the research process;

-Conducting pilot, feasibility, or evaluability assessment studies that may involve collecting preliminary data and/or secondary data analysis; and

-Drafting a tribal-researcher investigator criminal justice proposal for submission based on the new partnership.

While the scope of this solicitation is defined as investigator initiated, the following research topics are of particular interest to the U.S. Department of Justice:
-Administration of justice for Native youth and adults
-Alcohol and other drugs of use and abuse
-Crime prevention and intervention efforts
-Criminal offending
-Enhancing investigations and prosecutions in Indian country
-Murdered, missing, and trafficked women and girls
-Reducing violent crime
-Responding to and reducing victimization
-Strengthening tribal justice systems
-Tools and technologies to improve policy and practice in Indian country

Goals, Objectives, Deliverables, and Expected Scholarly Products:

The ultimate goal of this solicitation is to build an increased capability to conduct rigorous research and evaluation projects in Indian Country and Alaska native Villages through promotion of engagement between researchers and tribal nations. The objective of this solicitation is to fund multiple planning grants for projects promoting such engagements that address criminal justice issues in Indian country and Alaska Native villages.

Final Research Report:
Any recipient of an award under this solicitation will be expected to submit a final research report in the form of a research or evaluation proposal based on the results of the activities funded under the planning grant. Such proposal will comport with the instructions provided in Section D Application and Submission Information of this solicitation. NIJ will consider such proposals for potential award based on the criteria provided in Section E Application Review Information of this solicitation. Additional information on the final research report requirement for the solicitation is posted on the Post Award Reporting Requirements Page on NIJ’s website.

Special Report:
The awardee will be expected to submit a special report detailing the tribal- research partnership. The report should thoroughly capture the process and substance of the collaboration including lessons learned, challenges and successes experienced, and overall reflections. The special report should also map out key issues that can help inform existing or future partnerships of a similar nature.

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. For more information, see Program Narrative in Section D. Application and Submission Information.

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.

NIJ also expects copies of products developed specifically for the tribal partner (e.g., interim or final reports, presentations, newsletters/articles),

Evaluation Research:

If an application includes an evaluation research component (or consists entirely of evaluation research), the application is expected to propose the most rigorous evaluation design appropriate for the research questions to be addressed. If the primary purpose of the evaluation is to determine the effectiveness or impact of an intervention (e.g., program, practice, or policy), the most rigorous evaluation designs may include random selection and assignment of participants (or other appropriate units of analysis) to experimental and control conditions. In cases where randomization is not feasible, applicants should propose a strong quasi- experimental design that can address the risk of selection bias.

Applications that include evaluation research should consider the feasibility of including cost/benefit analysis. In cases where evaluations find that interventions have produced the intended benefit, cost/benefit analysis provides valuable and practical information for practitioners and policymakers that aids decision-making.

Evaluation research projects may also address a wide range of research questions beyond those focused on the effectiveness or impact of an intervention. Different research designs may be more appropriate for different research questions and at different stages of program development. The intervention strategies, setting, other contextual factors, and resources should be taken into account when selecting an evaluation design. In all cases, applications are expected to propose the most rigorous evaluation design appropriate for the research questions to be addressed.

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GrantWatch ID#: 183080

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Number of Grants:

NIJ expects to make up to five awards.

Term of Contract:

The period of performance is limited to 18 months and is not renewable.

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.

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.


  • 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 project or existing programs or services being evaluated.
-Training in support of programs or direct services unrelated to or associated with the proposed project.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must register with prior to submitting an application.

Applicants must acquire a unique entity identifier (currently, a DUNS number). Obtaining a DUNS number is a free, one-time activity. A DUNS number is usually received within 1-2 business days.

Applicants must acquire or maintain registration with SAM. All applicants for OJP awards (other than individuals) must maintain current registrations in the SAM database. Applicants will need the authorizing official of the organization and an Employer Identification Number (EIN). 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 23, 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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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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