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Graduate Research Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Grants to USA IHEs for STEM Doctoral
Research Related to Criminal Justice

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

Deadline Date:

04/17/19 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories IHEs to support STEM doctoral candidates in carrying out research related to the criminal justice system. Applicants are advised to verify or create the required registrations well in advance of the deadline date. This program supports graduate-level research in science, technology, engineering or mathematics that provides solutions to prevent and control crime and ensure the fair and impartial administration of criminal justice in the United States. Awards are anticipated to be made to successful applicant institutions in the form of grants to cover fellowships for the sponsored doctoral students.


The Graduate Research Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (GRF-STEM) program provides awards to accredited academic institutions to support graduate research leading to doctoral degrees in topic areas that are relevant to preventing and controlling crime, and ensuring the fair and impartial administration of criminal justice in the United States. Applicant academic institutions sponsoring doctoral students are eligible to apply only if:

1. The doctoral student’s degree program is in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) discipline; and

2. The student’s proposed dissertation research has demonstrable implications for addressing the challenges of preventing or controlling crime and/or the fair and impartial administration of criminal justice in the United States.

Program-Specific Information:

Degree-granting academic institutions are encouraged to sponsor outstanding and promising doctoral students whose dissertation research has direct implications for preventing and controlling crime, and/or ensuring the fair and impartial administration of criminal justice in the United States.

Successful applicants must demonstrate clearly how the proposed dissertation research will advance criminal justice practice and/or policy in the United States. Proposals addressing one or more of the following six areas are particularly encouraged:

- Reducing and preventing violent crime.
- Combating the opioid epidemic.
- Promoting law enforcement officer safety, health, and wellness.
- Rescuing and restoring crime victims.
- Securing our Nation’s borders.
- Enhancing law enforcement investigations and prosecutions.

For more information on research topic priorities, see the RFP:

For information on Goals, Objectives, Deliverables, and Expected Scholarly Products, see the RFP:

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GrantWatch ID#: 150303

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Number of Grants:

NIJ expects to make up to 14 awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards will be up to $150,000 each.

For each year of support, NIJ provides the degree-granting institution a stipend of $35,000 usable towards the student’s salary and related costs, and up to $15,000 to cover the student’s tuition and fees, administrative expenses, research expenses, and related costs.

The award will be made for the entire cumulative fellowship amount (up to three years of funding).

Term of Contract:

Awards will be made for periods of performance of up to five (5) years, while providing up to three years of funding within that timespan.

Each fellowship award made under this solicitation will be for the entire fellowship term, as requested — up to a 60-month (five-year) project period. The amount requested may not exceed three years of funding ($150,000 maximum).

Applicants should propose an award start date of January 1, 2020.

Although the award is made for the full amount, after the first year each annual funding increment is withheld pending annual demonstration of continued enrollment and adequate progress toward the degree.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are degree-granting academic institutions in the United States and its territories. To be eligible, the institution must be fully accredited by one of the regional institutional accreditation agencies recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. Under this solicitation, the applicant institution must apply as the sponsoring institution for the doctoral candidate conducting dissertation research relevant to NIJ’s criminal justice mission.

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

An applicant may submit more than one application under this solicitation, but each application must propose sponsoring a different doctoral candidate’s dissertation research.

For institution eligibility details and doctoral student eligibility requirements, see the RFP:

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must register with at prior to submitting an application. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 17, 2019.

To be considered timely, an application must be submitted by the application deadline using, and the applicant must have received a validation message from that indicates successful and timely submission. OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date, to allow time for the applicant to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from, and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

Every applicant entity must comply with all applicable System for Award Management (SAM) and unique entity identifier (currently, a Data Universal Numbering System [DUNS] number) requirements.

Students do not directly receive awards. The academic institution, as the grant recipient, will be responsible for, among other things, the administration of grant funds and for distributing payments to the fellowship recipient.

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Answers to frequently asked questions that may assist applicants are posted at

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

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; fax to 301-240-5830; or
- Web chat at

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.

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