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NIJ FY24 Research and Evaluation on Youth Justice Topics

Opportunity ID
O-NIJ-2024-172022
Solicitation Status
Open
Fiscal Year
2024
Closing Date
Posting Date
Solicitation Type
Competitive
Grants.gov Deadline
May 21, 2024, 11:59 pm Eastern
Application JustGrants Deadline
June 4, 2024, 8:59 pm Eastern
Description

With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals for rigorous research and evaluation projects that inform policy and practice in the field of youth justice and delinquency prevention. Specifically, this solicitation seeks proposals for studies that advance knowledge and understanding in the following two categories:

  1. Youth Justice Reinvestment Studies which evaluate the effectiveness, including cost-effectiveness, of youth justice system reforms and subsequent reinvestments into programs that serve youth in their communities.
  2. Prevention and Intervention Program Effectiveness Studies which evaluate the effectiveness of school and community-based prevention and intervention programs.

Solicitation Overview

Public, private, and state-controlled institutions of higher education; nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education; nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education; for-profit organizations other than small businesses. Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments); Native American tribal governments (federally recognized); Small businesses; state, county, city or township, and special district governments; units of local government; and public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities. 

NIJ seeks proposals for rigorous research and evaluation projects that inform policy and practice in the field of youth justice and delinquency prevention. 

$3,000,000, with the expectation of multiple awards.  Total number of awards NIJ expects to make will be determined by the number of applications received and their merit.  

NIJ is interested in supporting researchers who are early in their careers and new to NIJ’s research grant portfolios, as defined in the solicitation. If you are seeking to be considered for the New Investigator/Early Career Opportunity, you (the applicant) should identify that you are submitting a New Investigator/Early Career proposal on the title page of the application.

NIJ will also give special consideration in award decisions to proposals for which a  Minority Serving Institution (MSI) is the lead applicant. Receiving priority consideration for one or more priority areas does not guarantee an award.

  • Youth Justice Reinvestment Studies which evaluate the effectiveness, including cost-effectiveness, of youth justice system reforms and subsequent reinvestments into programs that serve youth in their communities.
  • Prevention and Intervention Program Effectiveness Studies which evaluate the effectiveness of school and community-based (a) delinquency prevention programs, (b) intervention programs for youth engaged in delinquent behavior, and (c) intervention programs for youth who have been victimized by abuse and/or experienced trauma.

The following application elements must be included in the application to meet the basic minimum requirements to advance to peer review and receive consideration for funding:

  1. A proposal narrative (in JustGrants)
  2. A budget web-based form, which includes the budget details and the budget narrative describing and justifying costs (in JustGrants).
  3. Financial Management and System of Internal Controls Questionnaire, including applicant disclosure of high-risk status
  4. Curriculum Vitae/Resumes for key personnel. For purposes of this solicitation, “key personnel” means the principal investigator, and any and all co-principal investigators.) 

Start early! To apply, you must first register with the System for Award Management (SAM). Registration and renewal can take up to 10 business days to complete. Register with SAM.gov.

After registering with SAM, you must submit two forms the SF-424 and SF-LLL in Grants.gov by the Grants.gov deadline 11:59pm eastern time on May 21, 2024. Submit the SF-424 and SF-LLL as early as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the Grants.gov deadline.

Finally, after submitting both forms, you must then submit the full application, including attachments, in JustGrants by the JustGrants deadline 8:59pm eastern time on June 4, 2024.

Where applicable, NIJ seeks proposals that:

  • Propose an inclusive research design.
  • Address issues of race, ethnicity, gender, and other potential disparities in data sources, research methods, and outcomes.
  • Propose a multi-disciplinary research team.
  • Ensure rigorous measurement of implementation fidelity.
  • Allocate ample resources for translation and dissemination of research findings. 

A successful proposal must do the following:

  • Center the need for the proposed research within the existing body of knowledge.
  • Present a rigorous and feasible project design that is appropriate to address the question(s) of interest.
  • Demonstrate that the proposed team has the capabilities and competencies to carry out the project.
  • Describe how the research will address one or more U.S. safety and justice challenges, including a discussion of how relevant stakeholders can make the resulting knowledge products actionable.
  • Present a budget that demonstrably supports the work proposed in the application.

See examples of successful applications and other useful information.

Date Modified: April 1, 2024

The number of awards anticipated under each category has been updated and now will be determined by number and quality of applications received and funding available. In addition, the performance start date for awards under category 2 has been corrected.

Date Modified: March 29, 2024

NIJ has adjusted the available funding for category 1, "Youth Justice Reinvestment Studies," under this this solicitation. The amount available for this category is reduced to $1,000,000. The total funding for the solicitation is reduced from $4,000,000 to $3,000,000.

Date Modified: March 12, 2024

NIJ has added small businesses a eligible applicants under this solicitation. 

Date Created: March 7, 2024