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Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    National Institute of Justice (NIJ)


    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 2018, NIJ has identified two drug priorities: 
    • Drug trafficking, markets, and use related to heroin and other opioids (including fentanyl, diverted pharmaceuticals, synthetic drugs, and analogues)
      • Criminal Investigation and Prosecution - NIJ seeks proposals for research on criminal case investigation and prosecution related to narcotics law enforcement, forensic science, and medicolegal death investigation.
      • Drug Intelligence and Community Surveillance - NIJ seeks proposals for research on improvements to aggregate data collection, analysis, and dissemination that support drug intelligence and community surveillance goals.
    • Illegal marijuana markets and drug-related violent crimeNIJ seeks proposals for research on the violent and other crime associated with illegal marijuana markets
    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. NOTE: A single application may not address both priorities, but researchers may submit a separate application to study a second priority.

    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.


    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.

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted by April 25, 2018.

    Award Details

    Up to $2,500,000 is available. Of that amount, $500,000 will be set aside for relevant research in Indian Country and Alaska Native Villages. Cost sharing/matching is not required. Awards will extend 36-months, starting January 1, 2019. 


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