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Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, IHEs, School Districts, and Tribes for Research Related to Correctional Facilities

Research and Evaluation on Correctional Culture and Climate


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
CFDA Number: 16.560
Funding or PIN Number: O-NIJ-2023-171774
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

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

Important Dates
Deadline: 08/07/23 11:59 PM Eastern - Deadline; 08/21/23 8:59 PM Eastern - JustGrants Deadline Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories nonprofits, for-profits, government agencies, IHEs, school districts, and tribal entities for research studies related to improvements and reform in correctional facilities. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete.

With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals for rigorous research and evaluation projects that inform our understanding of the impact of culture and climate on the ability of correctional agencies to achieve their missions, most fundamentally: to maintain a safe, humane, and secure environment for both staff and incarcerated individuals in the institutions that they manage; to recruit and retain staff; and to promote and sustain needed changes in their organizational cultures, operations, and programs to better achieve their missions.

NIJ will give special consideration to proposals with methods that include meaningful engagement with the people with lived experience of the subject of study, including, but not limited to, justice practitioners, community members, crime victims, service providers, and individuals who have experienced justice system involvement.

Applicants are encouraged to propose multidisciplinary research teams to build on the complementary strengths of different methods and areas of subject matter expertise. NIJ also seeks proposals that include consideration and measurement of issues of diversity, discrimination, and bias across age, gender and gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation, as applicable. 

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  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • 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
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity below), subject to any clarification in the text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility"
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
NIJ will consider applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (subgrantees).

Federal agencies are eligible to apply.

What will not be funded:
- Applications primarily to purchase equipment, materials, or supplies, or to provide direct services. (A budget may include these items if they are necessary to conduct research, development, demonstration, evaluation, or analysis.)
- Applications that are not responsive to the purposes of this specific solicitation.

Foreign governments, foreign organizations, and foreign colleges and universities are not eligible to apply.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Webinar on June 7, 2023, from 3-4 p.m. ET.

Pre-Application Information
Solicitation Release Date: May 23, 2023 1:15 PM ET
Step 1: Application Deadline: August 07, 2023 11:59 PM ET
Step 2: Application JustGrants Deadline: August 21, 2023 8:59 PM ET

Submission Information

Registration: Before submitting an application, all applicants must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). You must renew and validate your registration every 12 months. If you do not renew your SAM registration, it will expire. An expired registration can delay or prevent application submission in and JustGrants. Registration and renewal can take up to 10 business days to complete.

Submission: Applications must be submitted to DOJ electronically through a two-step process via and JustGrants.

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Additional Funding Information

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Number of Grants
Up to 4

Estimated Size of Grant
Anticipated Maximum Dollar Amount of Awards: TBD

Term of Contract
Period of Performance Start Date: 1/1/24

Period of Performance Duration (Months): Up to 60 months

Contact Information
For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, contact the OJP Response Center at 800-851-3420, 301-240-6310 (TTY for hearing-impaired callers only), or

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