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Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime

 
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    CFDA#

    16.560
     

    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award

    Authority

    National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

    Summary

    In support of the DOJs crime prevention and law enforcement goals, the objective of this program is to promote applied research that examines the feasibility, impact, and costefficiency of criminal justice tools, protocols, and policies designed to address drug trafficking, markets and use, and the effects of drug legalization and decriminalization on law enforcement. The scope of the program is defined as investigator-initiated field research applicable to State, tribal, and local jurisdictions that addresses one of the two following criminal justice activities in the context of: marijuana and cannabis products, heroin and other opioids (including diverted prescription drugs), and/or novel psychoactive substances (also known as synthetic drugs).

    In FY 2017, NIJ has identified two drug priorities: 
    • Heroin and other opioids (including diverted prescription drugs)
    • Novel psychoactive substances (also known as synthetic drugs)
    Applications must address at least one of these drug priorities, and a single application may address both drug priorities. Other drugs may only be included in addition to NIJs drug priorities with clear justification relating to research and practice, such as drugs produced or used in combination with these. 

    Each application must address one of two categories:
    • Drug Intelligence and Community Surveillance - The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is interested in improving collection, documentation, organization, analysis, and dissemination methods to support drug intelligence and community surveillance. Challenges include testing and information collection that reflects evolving drug markets, information accuracy and timeliness, expert quality assurance and analysis, and effective dissemination across relevant agencies and jurisdictions. Drug intelligence is crucial to law enforcements understanding of drug markets, identifying drug deterrent and interdiction opportunities, and pursuing organized crime targets.
    • Criminal Investigation and Prosecution - Criminal prosecution relies upon law enforcement to collect evidence that supports criminal charges, forensic scientists to identify and confirm drugs and drug metabolites in bulk or biological samples, and attorneys to interpret applicable drug laws. NIJ is interested in improving evidence documentation, seizure, and other evidence storage consistent with criminal procedure rules, lab testing protocols, case management, and drug legislation and interpretation to support narcotics investigations and prosecution. This activity pertains to narcotics enforcement, forensic science, and medicolegal death investigation and prosecution. Challenges include limited training and resources, shifts in drugs of concern and drug use tolerance, jury expectations for evidence testing and validation, and proliferation of drug analogs and derivatives intended to exploit drug laws.
     

    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    NIJ will not fund applications:
    • That propose research on more than one activity in a single application (researchers may submit a separate application to study a second activity);
    • That lack clear targets, such as a single proposal to research all drugs without demonstrating relevance to the activity selected and expertise in each drug priority;
    • To conduct national surveys, general reviews of drug laws, basic laboratory research, purely descriptive studies, or program evaluations without stated potential benefit to other jurisdictions;
    • To primarily purchase resources, deliver services, or maintain current projects (although a budget may include purchases necessary to conduct research, development, demonstration, evaluation, or analysis); or
    • To conduct research supported by other NIJ programs or other federal research programs without explanation including proposed value added.

    Contacts

    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 March 23, 2017.  A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    In FY 2017, $1,500,000 is anticipated to be available.  Multiple awards will be granted, each no more than $1,000,000 for a maximum program period of 36-months. Cost sharing/matching is not required.


     

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