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Research and Evaluation in Safety, Health & Wellness in the Justice System

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    National Institute of Justice (NIJ)


    NIJ is committed to building a knowledge base focused on the safety, health, and wellness of individuals employed within criminal justice occupations, individuals under the supervision of the criminal justice system, and members of the public as they interact with the system.  In FY 2017, NIJ requests applications from the following categories: 
    • Causes and effects of stress and trauma on (1) law enforcement and corrections officers and (2) individuals in violent communities - NIJ is interested in examining the impact of acute and chronic stress on those employed by, under the supervision of, or in frequent contact with the criminal justice system, by using state-of-the-art science-based tools to monitor physical and mental health simultaneously with existing mental health protocols. One of the major goals of this work is to translate existing research and evaluations in physiology and neuroscience to criminal justice. Finally, the effectiveness of current programs to aid mental health, stress, and trauma should also be evaluated.
    • Impact of parental incarceration on children - NIJ seeks proposals for research on the direct and indirect effects of parental incarceration on dependent children. In particular, NIJ is interested in research on effects of children witnessing parental arrest, participating in visitation in correctional facilities, and other criminal justice system interactions impact their developmental and behavioral functioning.  While past NIJ research investments shed light on the impact of parental incarceration, investments have not explored the impact of short-term, and/or more frequent incarcerations that a parent may serve in jail.
    • The efficacy of services, strategies, policies and processes within the criminal or juvenile justice system that serve as responses to children exposed to violence - NIJ is seeking multidisciplinary research and evaluation proposals related to the efficacy of services, strategies, policies, and processes within the criminal or juvenile justice system that serve as responses to childrens exposure to violence. This focus area defines œchildren exposed to violence as including children who are direct victims and/or bystanders or observers of various forms of violence in the home, school, or community, including, but not limited to, child maltreatment, domestic violence, peer victimization, harassment, bullying, and community violence. This focus area may include other types of violence to which children are exposed, with the exception of media violence (e.g., television and movie violence, music advocating aggression, and violent video games).
    In addition to required data sets, interim and final progress and financial reports, NIJ expects scholarly products to result from each award under this solicitation, taking the form of one or more published, peer-reviewed, scientific journal articles, and/or (if appropriate) law review journal articles, book chapter(s) or book(s) in the academic press, technological prototypes, patented inventions, or similar scientific products.

    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    Applications primarily to purchase equipment, materials, or supplies will not be considered. A budget may include these items if they are necessary to conduct research, development, demonstration, evaluation, or analysis.


    National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center

    National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center
    Bureau of Justice Assistance
    810 Seventh Street NW
    Washington', DC 20531
    (800) 851-3420
    (301) 240-5830

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants include states, territories, units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and certain qualified individuals.  NIJ welcomes applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant.

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted by May 8, 2017.  A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Up to $4,500,000 is available in FY 2017 to fund multiple awards across all three categories.  Award amounts will vary over a 36-month project period. Cost sharing/matching is not required.


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