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Funding Opportunities


NIJ annually releases competitive solicitations calling for research, development, testing, and evaluation proposals; and formula and competitive solicitations for capacity enhancement programs. 


  • Forthcoming funding opportunities — typically in the late fall, we begin posting a list of forthcoming solicitations to allow potential applicants to learn our areas of interest in the coming solicitation season.
  • Current funding opportunities — list of solicitations under which we are accepting applications; typically, most solicitations are released December through May (subject to appropriations availability). 
  • Expired funding opportunities — a complete list of solicitations from past years, dating back to fiscal year 2005. Each solicitation title links to a detail page that shows the total number and cumulative amount of the resulting awards and a list of those awards with links to detailed information on each.

Questions on Funding Opportunities. Because most solicitations are competitive, we cannot have individual conversations concerning the solicitation with prospective applicants. Any questions concerning open solicitation should be submitted to the NCJRS Response Center by phone 1-800-851-3420 (TTY at 301-240-6310 for hearing impaired only), by email at [email protected], or via web chat.

Unsolicited Proposals. Although you may submit unsolicited proposals, you are discouraged from doing so unless you have discussed the concept with NIJ staff and been asked to submit a proposal that does not fit into a specific solicitation. Unsolicited proposals may receive either an external peer review or an internal review. If the proposal fits into an already established solicitation category, it will be returned with a recommendation to resubmit it under that solicitation.

Date Created: September 19, 2019