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Research and Evaluation on School Safety

Grants to USA and Territories Nonprofits, For-Profits,
Agencies, and IHEs to Reduce Student Violence

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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

Deadline Date:

04/13/20 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Description:

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Grants to USA and Territories nonprofit organizations, for-profits, government agencies, IHEs, and tribes to reduce violence in schools nationwide. Interested applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete, and that in addition, applications should be submitted at least 3 days prior to the deadline date. Funding is intended to support research and evaluation projects on the causes of school violence that will improve safety for schools and students.

Though serious violence at school is uncommon, school-based victimization is a significant concern. Schools across the nation have implemented a wide variety of approaches to keep schools and students safe.The Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act of 2018 (STOP School Violence Act) purpose areas call for projects that would support a variety of school safety activities and resources.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) awards funding to conduct research and evaluation to enhance knowledge to improve the safety of schools and students. Specifically, applicants should propose research and evaluation projects that will study the root causes of school violence and/or the activities or purpose areas addressed by STOP School Violence Act projects. This program furthers the Department’s mission by developing knowledge to advance school safety operations and practices to deliver school safety services to communities more effectively and efficiently at the state, local, and tribal levels. 

This solicitation seeks applications for funding to conduct research to:

  1. Examine the root causes of school violence.
  2. Evaluate the effectiveness of the approaches to stopping school violence found in the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) FY 2018 or FY 2019 STOP School Violence Act solicitations.
  3. Research on the perspectives of STOP School Violence Act solicitations.

For further details on each of these 3 focus areas, see https://nij.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh171/files/media/document/NIJ-2020-17308.pdf#page=6.

This solicitation supports DOJ Strategic Objective 3.1: Combat violent crime, promote safe communities, and uphold the rights of victims of crime.

Under this solicitation, NIJ is seeking applications for projects with clear potential for producing findings that have practical benefits for improving school safety. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188089

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,000,000

Number of Grants:

2

Term of Contract:

Period of performance start date: January 1, 2021

- Period of performance duration: To be determined by the period of performance of awarded applications.
- For areas of focus 1 and 2 (see Description above), successful applicants will be expected to complete the work proposed within a five year period of performance.
- For area of focus 3 (see Description above), successful applicants will be expected to complete the work proposed within a two year period of performance.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

- Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
- For profit organizations other than small businesses
- City or township governments
- Private institutions of higher education
- Special district governments
- Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
- Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- County governments
- Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- State governments
- Public and State controlled institutions of higher education

Federal agencies are eligible to apply. (Any award made to a federal agency will be made as an inter-agency reimbursable agreement.)

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 topics relevant to NIJ’s Office of Research, Evaluation, and Technology (ORET). To that end, NIJ may, in appropriate circumstances, give special consideration in award decisions to applications proposing such researchers as principal investigators (PIs). For further details, see https://nij.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh171/files/media/document/NIJ-2020-17308.pdf#page=8.

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

NIJ will consider 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 brecipients (subgrantees). The applicant must be the entity that would have primary responsibility for carrying out the award, including administering the funding and managing the entire project.

Foreign governments, foreign organizations, and foreign colleges and universities are not eligible to apply.

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.
- Applications to fund technology development. Technology should be readily available or trivially adaptable to the school setting.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 13, 2020

Applicants must obtain a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) Number and register online with the System for Award Management (SAM) and then must register in and submit applications through Grants.gov.

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

Registering with Grants.gov is a one-time process; however, processing delays may occur, and it can take several weeks for first-time registrants to receive confirmation of registration and a user password. OJP encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline. In addition, OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date, in order to allow time for the applicant to receive the aforementioned validation messages or rejection notifications from Grants.gov, and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

An applicant that experiences unforeseen Grants.gov technical issues beyond its control that prevent it from submitting its application by the deadline must email the NIJ contact identified below within 24 hours after the application deadline to request approval to submit its application after the deadline. Note: OJP does not automatically approve requests to submit a late application.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=324139.
For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

OJP Grant Application Resource Guide: https://www.ojp.gov/microsite-subpage/ojp-grant-application-resource-guide

Guidance for Applicants: https://nij.ojp.gov/funding/guidance-applicants-and-awardees

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 1-800-518-4726 or 1-606-545-5035 (international), at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/support.html, or at support@grants.gov. The Grants.gov Support Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on federal holidays.

For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center: toll-free at 1-800-851-3420; via TTY at 301-240-6310 (hearing impaired only); email grants@ncjrs.gov; fax to 301-240-5830; or web chat at https://webcontact.ncjrs.gov/ncjchat/chat.jsp. The NCJRS Response Center hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. eastern time, Monday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern time on the solicitation close date

US Dept. of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
810 7th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20531

CFDA Number:

16.560

Funding or Pin Number:

NIJ-2020-17308; OMB No. 1121-0329

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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