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Research on Bias Crimes

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, IHEs, Agencies,
and Individuals for Research on Hate Crimes

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US Department of Justice (DOJ) - Office of Justice Programs (OJP) - National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

Deadline Date:

04/03/17 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofits, for-profits, IHEs, government agencies, and qualified individuals to carry out research activities to address bias in crime victimization and perpetration. Proposals will be considered for a broad range of research areas to bridge gaps in the ability to identify, assess, and understand the behavior of bias crime offenders and experiences of bias crime victims.

Priority will be given to applications that either: examine pathways to bias-motivated criminal behavior, or rigorously evaluate criminal justice or victim service interventions designed to prevent reoffending or assist bias crime victims.

NIJ is seeking applications for research and evaluation relating to bias crime (a.k.a. hate crime) victimization and perpetration. Prejudice and bias have provided motivation for criminal offenses throughout history. Victims of bias crime may be targeted because of their (perceived) land of origin, religion, skin color, language, sexual orientation, disability, or other traits.

In FY 15 and FY 16, NIJ made five research awards in this area that collectively addressed several of the priority areas in the previous solicitations. Specifically, the focus areas that these awards addressed were: 1) bias crime measurement; 2) victimization research with specific, localized population of interest; and 3) exploring the use of non-traditional data sources to examine trends and predict hate crime.

This solicitation seeks to address several research gaps that remain. One gap is a solid understanding of the characteristics and motivations of offenders, including an understanding of pathways to bias-motivated criminal behavior. Information about the characteristics, motivations, and trajectories of individuals who commit bias-motivated offenses can aid in the development of evidence-informed interventions that can match intervention components to targeted groups to prevent bias-crimes from occurring.

Another research gap is to identify effective interventions for addressing the needs of victims of hate crimes or working with individuals who commit hate crimes to prevent reoffending. Evaluation of interventions for victims of bias-crime would be of particular relevance to victim service providers, while evaluating justice-based interventions aimed at offenders will help to inform the justice system about the most effective ways to prevent re-offending.
Strong applications that address bias crime in the United States that fall outside of these priority areas will also be considered.

The goal of the bias crime victimization program of research is to improve knowledge and understanding of bias crime victimization through science. NIJ strives to provide objective and independent knowledge and validated tools to reduce violence against victims of hate crime. The objectives of this solicitation are to fund high-quality research projects in the area of bias motivated crime.

All grantees funded under this solicitation are expected to publish one or more peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, but manuscripts resulting from awards may be published in law review journals, academic press books or book chapters.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171264

Number of Grants:

NIJ expects to make up to two (2) awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

NIJ expects to make awards of $500,000 up to $1,000,000.

Term of Contract:

NIJ expects to make awards for up to a three (3) year period of performance, to begin on January 1, 2018.


  • 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
  • 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
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Single entities
  • Small businesses
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In general, NIJ is authorized to make grants to, or enter into contracts or cooperative agreements with, states (including territories), units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations), institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), and certain qualified individuals.

For-profit organizations must agree to forgo any profit or management fee. Foreign governments, foreign organizations, and foreign colleges and universities are not eligible to apply.

NIJ welcomes 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”).

The applicant must be the entity that would have primary responsibility for carrying out the award, including administering funding and managing the entire project including monitoring and appropriately managing any subawards (“subgrants”).

Under this solicitation, any particular applicant entity may submit more than one application, as long as each application proposes a different project in response to the solicitation. Also, an entity may be proposed as a subrecipient (“subgrantee”) in more than one application.

NIJ may elect to fund applications submitted under this FY 2017 solicitation in future fiscal years, dependent on, among other considerations, the merit of the applications and on the availability of appropriations.

Federal agencies are eligible to apply. (Any award made to a federal agency will be made as an inter-agency reimbursable agreement.)

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

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must register with prior to submitting an application. All applications are due by 11:59 PM eastern time on April 3, 2017.

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, in order 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.

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