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Research and Evaluation in Corrections

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, IHEs,
and Individuals for Research on Correctional Systems

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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, government agencies, IHEs, and certain qualified individuals for research and evaluation of corrections institutions and practices. Applicants are advised to create or verify the required registrations well in advance of the proposal deadline.

NIJ is seeking rigorous research to evaluate promising practices and strategies that aim to promote effective management and supervision of offenders in both institutions and in the community. Specifically, NIJ is interested in receiving proposals for research and evaluation focused on:

-Reducing violence and misconduct.
-Provision of medical and mental health services.

NIJ is particularly interested in receiving proposals addressing these topics in the context of jails, community corrections, and rural and tribal correctional systems. Every correctional setting has a unique operating environment and challenges. Yet jails, community corrections, and rural and tribal correction systems have received limited empirical attention relative to the number of jurisdictions they serve and the critical functions they provide in the delivery of correctional services.

The research resulting from this solicitation supports the U.S. Department of Justice’s priorities to reduce violent crime and to protect police and other public safety personnel.

Program-Specific Information:

NIJ is interested in evaluating promising practices and strategies in institutional and community corrections that aim to reduce violence and misconduct and provide medical and mental health services. While quality proposals seeking to conduct research in any jurisdiction will be considered, NIJ seeks to specifically highlight the research needs of jails and community corrections in general, as well as the provision of correctional services in rural areas and Indian country.

Reducing Violence and Misconduct:

-The impact of inmate management practices on inmate violence and misconduct. This includes studying any facility modifications and technological adaptations, such as control system modifications or the deployment of body-worn cameras.

NIJ will consider proposals evaluating strategies and/or technological deployments in any institutional setting. However, NIJ is particularly interested in strategies that address the unique operating environment in local jails. Jails differ considerably from prisons in a variety of ways; the most important being the daily population fluctuations resulting from the flow of persons cycling in and out of these facilities. It is estimated that jails admit approximately 15 times their average daily population in a year. Successful programs and strategies in a jail setting should seek to take into account the churning of individuals in and out of jails to identify and manage individuals with a propensity for violence.

-Promising surveillance or programming strategies for high-risk supervisees with a propensity for violence.

NIJ will consider research on promising practices and strategies in all jurisdictions; however, it recognizes a lack of research attention to rural and tribal areas. As it is recognized that community corrections agencies currently operate with limited resources relative to agency caseload, successful strategies in rural and tribal areas should seek effective solutions to address monitoring and surveillance costs, as well as providing access to needs-based programming to a geographically dispersed caseload.

-Evidence-based strategies to address the management of incarcerated young adults that take into account the developmental differences between young adults (18 to 24) and older adults under supervision.

-Effective supervision strategies for probationers and parolees with known affiliations with violent and subversive groups, such as hate groups and gangs.

-Programs that encourage or enhance communication and collaboration between community corrections and other criminal justice components, such as integrated case tracking systems and warrant service targeting at-risk absconders.

Provision of Medical and Mental Health Services:

-Promising programming strategies to deliver services to individuals, under criminal justice supervision, with substance abuse and/or mental health issues.

-Evidence-based practices used in the provision of medical care, such as telemedicine, overdose intervention, or medication-assisted treatment, that increase medical provision options, while reducing costs.

The provision of medical and mental health services can be challenging in any jurisdiction; however, it may be particularly difficult in rural and tribal areas. There were an estimated 49,000 American Indians (AI) and Alaska Natives (AN) under supervision in federal or state community corrections agencies in 2011. There were an additional 29,700 AI/AN people incarcerated in a prison or jail. Of those incarcerated, 2,239 were serving a sentence in an Indian country jail. These agencies operate in remote areas and provide services to supervisees who are geographically dispersed. It is unclear how these agencies provide culturally appropriate services to the diverse populations in their charge. Research and evaluation on strategies used in these environments to surmount these barriers are of particular interest. Tribal resolutions or executive orders will be required for studies involving federally recognized tribes and/or members.

Randomized Control Trials:

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 in award decisions. 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.

New Investigator/Early Career Opportunity:

NIJ is also 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 topics relevant to NIJ’s Office of Research and Evaluation (ORE) and/or Office of Science and Technology (OST). 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 a terminal degree or post-graduate clinical training within the ten (10) years prior to September 30, 2018.
-Never have received 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 the application.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183185

Number of Grants:

NIJ expects to make multiple awards.

Term of Contract:

Awards will normally not exceed a three-year period of performance.

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.


  • 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
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Single entities
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

EligibilityIn 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.

Pre-Application Information:

Of the $3 million proposed for this solicitation, NIJ expects that at least $500,000 will be available for relevant research in Indian Country.

Applicants must register with prior to submitting an application.

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

Applicants must acquire or maintain registration with SAM. 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.

To be considered timely, an application must be submitted by the application deadline using, and the applicant must have received a validation message from that indicates successful and timely submission.

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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