With this solicitation, NIJ seeks applications for rigorous youth mentoring research and evaluation projects to address one or more of the following priority areas: (1) increasing the capacity for achieving broad, population-level impacts; (2) understanding how mentoring can advance change mechanisms promoting positive youth development; (3) examining program participation long-term effects; and (4) optimizing program effectiveness through iterative cycles of development paired with rigorous evaluation feedback.
Number of Awards: 3
Total Amount Awarded: $1,159,270
Exploring mentor practices using data from OJJDP’s Mentoring Enhancement Demonstration Program
How Do “Credible Messenger” Mentors Promote Youth Development? A Retrospective, Longitudinal Study in Atlanta, Birmingham, and Houston
Positioning Mentors as Social Capital Builders
In keeping with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's approach to youth mentoring, applicants are encouraged to focus research and evaluation efforts on mentoring services provided to youth who are 17 years old or younger at the time of admission to the program.
The solicitation does not place limits on the number of proposed staff, such as PIs, Co-PIs, or Co-Investigators.
Consideration for the new investigator/early career opportunity is restricted to applications with proposed PI(s) meeting the qualifications specified under the New Investigator/Early Career Opportunity section of the solicitation. The PI is expected to hold the senior leadership role on the proposed project. That leadership role should be clearly reflected in the applicant’s proposal, for example in comparative time allocation. Other proposed subordinate key personnel on the pro new investigator/ early career opportunity need not meet the qualifications.
No. Data sets resulting from projects funded under this solicitation are expected to be archived. In addition to the guidance provided on page 14 of the solicitation, applicants are encouraged to closely review the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) website including the data submission guidelines and Restricted Data release, or other data release options. Additional information may also be found on the NIJ Funding Frequently Asked Questions page.
FAQ regarding the definition of "youth" added.
NIJ has extended the Grants.gov deadline to April 20, 2022.
FAQs related to Co-PIs and new investigator/ early career opportunity added.
FAQ added for data archiving.