National Institute of Justice Research, Evaluation, and Development Project Grants

To encourage and support research, development, and evaluation to further understanding of the causes and correlates of crime and violence, methods of crime prevention and control, and criminal justice system responses to crime and violence and contribute to the improvement of the criminal justice system

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and its responses to crime, violence, and delinquency.

Agency - Department of Justice

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

Project reports and program implementation manuals are available from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, P.O. Box 6000, Rockville, Maryland 20850. Telephone: (301) 514-5500. In fiscal year 2004, more than 1040 applications were received and 55 awards were made. In fiscal year 2005, approximately 1270 applications will be received and it is anticipated that 67 awards will be made. In fiscal year 2006, approximately 1550 applications will be received and it is anticipated that 80 awards will be made.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The funds may be used to conduct research and development pertaining to the above objectives, including the development of new or improved approaches, techniques, systems, and technologies and to carry out programs of research on the causes of crime and means of preventing crime, and to evaluate criminal justice programs and procedures, and responses to crime, violence, and delinquency.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is authorized to make grants to, or enter into contracts or cooperative agreements with State and local governments, private nonprofit organizations, public nonprofit organizations, profit organizations, nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and qualified individuals.

Applicants from the Territories of the United States and federally recognized Indian Tribal Governments are also eligible to participate in this program.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State and local governments; private nonprofit organizations, public nonprofit organizations, profit organizations, nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and qualified individuals.


The applicant must furnish, along with the application for a grant, cooperative agreement or contract, resumes of principal investigator and key personnel, details of the budget composition, goals, impact, methods, evaluation, schedule and resources of the project. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments and OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

A potential grantee or contractor should contact the Institute to determine whether a similar proposal has already been funded or whether the proposal is within the objectives and priorities of the Institute.

The standard application form (SF 424) as furnished by the Federal agency, in accordance with 28 CFR, Part 66 (Common Rule), must be used for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

General information is provided in individual program solicitations, which are obtained by accessing the web site at, sending a self- addressed mailing label to NCJRS, Box 6000, Rockville, MD 20849-6000; or calling toll free to request a copy. Telephone: (800) 851-3420. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110 or the Common Rule, where applicable. The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) requires that funding applications be submitted electronically through the OJP Grants Management System (GMS), which will be accessed at On-line submission of an application represents legal binding acceptance of the terms of the application. For further information about GMS, call the OJP GMS Hotline at 1-888-549-9901.

Award Procedures

All applications are reviewed and evaluated by program managers for compatibility with the needs of the Institute's research plan, on-going or prior studies, and the particular promise of the proposal itself. The Institute uses external peer review processes, in addition to NIJ program manager review, in order to weigh each application in terms of proposed methodology, economy, and other criteria bearing on the technical merit of the proposal. The Institute Director makes final award decisions, incorporating the recommendations of the relevant NIJ staff and management-level personnel and external peer reviewers.


Throughout fiscal year 2008, NIJ will release multiple announcements for research funding. Program deadlines will be included in the announcements on FedGrants at, on NIJ's website at, and on the Office of Justice Programs website at


Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, Section 201, as amended; Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, Public Law 100-690.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 60 days for concept papers and 180 days for full proposals.


Hearing by the Director.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula requirement. However, the Institute shall require, whenever feasible, as a condition of approval of a grant or contract that the recipient contribute money, facilities, or services to carry out the purpose for which the grant or contract is sought.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Project durations are normally up to 24 months but longer awards are possible.

Post Assistance Requirements


Fiscal Report, consisting of quarterly expenditures and budget expenditure reports; final financial reports setting forth costs and expenditures of the complete project; and Project Reports, consisting of bi-annual project reports, and a final report.

Other reports may be requested.


All organizations that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in any fiscal year must have a single audit for that year in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133, as amended, unless the audit condition on the award says otherwise. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency not later than 9 months after the end of the grantee's fiscal year.


Records and accounts concerning the expenditure of Institute and grantee or contractor contributed funds shall be maintained during the grant and contract period and retained for 3 years thereafter.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $54,297,540; FY 08 $17,260,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

In amounts consistent with the Institute's plans, priorities and levels of financing.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Grants and funding information are available free from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, Box 6000, Rockville, MD 20849-6000. Telephone: (800) 851- 3420. It is also available electronically through the NCJRS web site at or through the NIJ website under "Funding Opportunities" at

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

National Institute of Justice, Department of Justice, 810 7th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20531. Telephone: (202) 307-2942. Use same number for FTS. Fax Telephone: (202) 307-6394.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals are evaluated according to the criteria specified in the program solicitation. With few exceptions, all proposals are reviewed competitively by a peer review panel consisting of outside experts in the field for technical quality and the general merits of the problems addressed. The Institute uses the peer review process to ensure fair and knowledgeable evaluation of preapplications and proposals. Program solicitations are announced in the Federal Register and advertised on the Institute's website at

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