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Visiting Fellows Program

Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies,
IHEs, and Individuals for Criminal Justice Fellowships

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

Conf. Date:

07/14/21

Deadline Date:

08/12/21 11:59 PM ET - Grants.gov deadline; 08/18/21 11:59 PM ET - JustGrants deadline

Description:

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Cooperative agreements to USA and territories nonprofits, for-profits, government agencies, tribes, IHEs, and certain qualified individuals for fellowships that focus on critical criminal justice issues. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations prior to applying.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for the BJA Visiting Fellows Program. This program furthers the Department’s mission to ensure public safety and ensure fair and impartial administration of justice by bringing talent and expertise from the field to BJA to inform policy and practice and create new tools for the field that disseminate knowledge of effective and innovative approaches to priority criminal justice issues.

Through the BJA Visiting Fellows Program, BJA invests in future and current leaders in the field to advance priority national policy issues and offer cross developmental opportunities for DOJ staff and criminal justice practitioners and researchers. The purpose of each fellowship is to make important policy and programmatic contributions in a priority area of criminal justice practice. Fellows will collaborate with BJA and DOJ staff to provide critical outreach, data, research, and subject-matter expertise to inform the development of new BJA strategies and programs to benefit the field.

For more specific information about the program, see 
https://bja.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh186/files/media/document/O-BJA-2021-152002.pdf#page=5.

For goals, objectives, and deliverables, see https://bja.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh186/files/media/document/O-BJA-2021-152002.pdf#page=6.

Anticipated Areas of Focus for BJA Fellows 

Each fellow will be expected to complete a major set of deliverables that will address critical, chronic, or emerging issues in the criminal justice field and build capacity to address one of the areas of focus discussed in the “Anticipated Areas of Focus for BJA Fellows” section.

BJA is especially interested in funding fellows who can make significant contributions toward building a cumulative body of knowledge in one of the 12 areas of focus. Depending on the level of interest and applications received, BJA plans to fund at least 12 fellows but may choose to fund multiple fellows in an area of focus and not fund others. 

For the list of the areas of focus, see https://bja.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh186/files/media/document/O-BJA-2021-152002.pdf#page=8.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171269

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$4,200,000

Number of Grants:

12

Estimated Size of Grant:

Anticipated Maximum Dollar Amount of Awards: $350,000

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance start date: October 1, 2021
Period of Performance duration: 24 months

Awards made under the BJA Visiting Fellows Program will fund fellowships for a period of 24 months, including a residency period of at least 9 to 12 months onsite at BJA in Washington, D.C.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • State governments
  • Individuals

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are limited to individuals, as well as state, tribal, or local government, organizations, or academic institutions seeking to provide federal-level experience for one of their staff members. Organizations seeking to place an employee as a fellow under this program will not have programmatic oversight of that staff person for those activities conducted as part of the fellowship. For-profit organizations must agree to forgo any profit or management fee.

For purposes of this solicitation, “state” means any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

All persons serving in the fellowship positions must be U.S. citizens at the time of application. The person seeking to complete the fellowship should have all of the expertise needed to conduct the proposed activities in the fellowship, including at least 5 years of criminal justice experience in the relevant area of practice or research, working in a policy or applied criminal justice setting (such as a criminal justice agency, law enforcement, criminal courts, prosecutor, corrections, or partner agency such as a social service provider) or an agency or office with responsibility for criminal justice and public policy (such as a governor’s or mayor’s office, or other important policy setting pertinent to criminal justice). Researchers should apply only if they have the expertise and specific skills in developing models and applied research tools for the field, implementation of evidence-based practices, collection and analysis of data, and performance management.

To advance Executive Order 13929 Safe Policing for Safe Communities, as of October 28, 2020, the Attorney General determined that all state, local, and university or college law enforcement agencies must be certified by an approved independent credentialing body or have started the certification process to be allocated FY 2021 DOJ discretionary grant funding, as either a recipient or a subrecipient. For detailed information on this new certification requirement, please visit https://cops.usdoj.gov/SafePolicingEO.

Proposals primarily to purchase equipment, materials, or supplies will not be funded.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Funding Webinar:

Register to participate in a webinar on July 14, 2021, at 3 p.m. ET to learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

Register: https://bja.ojp.gov/events/fy-2021-bja-visiting-fellows-program-solicitation-webinar

Pre-Application Information:

The SF-424 and the SF-LLL will be submitted in Grants.gov by 11:59 PM ET on August 12, 2021. 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 Grants.gov and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

The full application will be submitted in JustGrants by 11:59 PM ET on August 18, 2021.

Applicants may submit more than one application to separate areas of focus but will only be selected for one award.

In FY 2021, applications will be submitted to DOJ in a new two-step process.

- Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in Grants.gov. To register in Grants.gov, applicants will need to obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and System for Award Management (SAM) registration or renewal.

- Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application including attachments in JustGrants. To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

Obtain a DUNS number/Confirmation number:
Obtain your Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number first; you cannot complete any of the steps below without it. It can take up to 2 business days to obtain the DUNS number. Call DUN and Bradstreet at 866-705-5711 to obtain a DUNS number or apply at http://www.dnb.com/.

Register with SAM database/Confirm SAM number:
Organizational Entities Only - System of Award Management (SAM) registration and renewal can take as long as 10 business days to complete. If you do not have an Employer Identification Number (EIN), the process can take up to 5 weeks. If you have an EIN, the process can takes up to 2 weeks. SAM registration procedures can be accessed at http://www.sam.gov/.

For additional information, see the “How to Apply” section in the OJP Grant Application Resource Guide: https://www.ojp.gov/funding/apply/ojp-grant-application-resource-guide#apply

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=334557

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Visiting Fellows Program FY 2021 Solicitation Webinar: https://bja.ojp.gov/media/video/38456

Contact Information:

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

Register and apply on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html

Submit the full application including attachments in JustGrants: https://justicegrants.usdoj.gov/

For technical assistance with submitting the SF-424 and SF-LLL in Grants.gov, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 800–518–4726, 606–545–5035, at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/support.html, or email at support@grants.gov.

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in DOJ’s Justice Grants System (JustGrants), contact the JustGrants Service Desk at JustGrants.Support@usdoj.gov or at 833-872-5175.

For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact the Response Center by telephone at 800–851–3420 or TTY 301–240–6310 (hearing impaired only), or by email at grants@ncjrs.gov.

CFDA Number:

16.585; 16.735; 16.738; 16.745; 16.812; 16.817

Funding or Pin Number:

O-BJA-2021-52002

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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