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Current Solicitations

FY 2016 Graduate Research Fellowship Program for Criminal Justice Statistics

  • BJS-2016-9013
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking applications under its Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) Program. This program provides awards to accredited universities for doctoral research that uses criminal justice data or statistical series and focuses on crime, violence, and other criminal justice-related topics. BJS invests in doctoral education by supporting universities that sponsor students who demonstrate the potential to complete doctoral degree programs successfully in disciplines relevant to the mission of BJS, and who are in the final stages of graduate study. The primary goal of this solicitation is to increase the pool of researchers using criminal justice statistical data generated by BJS, thereby contributing solutions that better prevent and control crime and help ensure the fair and impartial administration of criminal justice in the United States.

    Applicant institutions sponsoring doctoral students are eligible to apply only if the doctoral research dissertation has direct implications for criminal justice policy and practice in the United States. BJS encourages institutions to consider doctoral students from social and behavioral sciences, mathematics, or statistics for their applications. Applicant institutions are strongly encouraged to sponsor minority and female student candidates. Awards are anticipated to be made to successful applicant institutions in the form of a grant to cover a doctoral student fellowship. Awards are anticipated to be made to successful applicant institutions on behalf of the sponsored doctoral student. Awards will not exceed the amount of $45,000. Awarded funds are to be used to cover all allowable expenses over the project period. Additional funds will not be provided. If the doctoral student's dissertation is not completed and delivered to BJS within 5 years from the date of the fellowship award, the academic institution may be required to return the full award amount to BJS. The Director of BJS will make final award decisions.

    Deadline: All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Monday, May 2, 2016.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are limited to degree-granting educational institutions in the United States. To be eligible, the institution must be fully accredited by one of the regional institutional accreditation agencies recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. Historically black colleges and universities are encouraged to apply.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Dr. Gerard F. Ramker, Deputy Director, Bureau of Justice Statistics by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "2016GRFPCJS" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 235K)

FY 2016 NICS Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP)

  • BJS-2016-9017
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is publishing this notice to announce the continuation of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, identify the program priorities, and provide information on application requirements.

    The NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007, Pub. L. 110-180 (NIAA or the Act), was signed into law on January 8, 2008, in the wake of the April 2007 shooting tragedy at Virginia Tech. The Virginia Tech shooter was able to purchase firearms from a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) because information about his prohibiting mental health history was not available to the NICS, and the system was therefore unable to deny the transfer of the firearms used in the shootings. The NIAA seeks to address the gap in information available to NICS about such prohibiting mental health adjudications and commitments, and other prohibiting factors. Filling these information gaps will better enable the system to operate as intended to keep guns out of the hands of persons prohibited by federal or state law from receiving or possessing firearms. The automation of records will also reduce delays for law- abiding persons to purchase firearms.

    Deadline: All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 10, 2016.

    Eligibility: Applications must be submitted by (a) the agency designated by the Governor to administer the NCHIP program, (b) the state or territory central administrative office or similar entity designated by statute or regulation to administer federal grant funds on behalf of the jurisdiction's court system, or (c) federally recognized Indian tribal governments.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Devon B. Adams, Chief, Criminal Justice Data Improvement Program, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "2016 NARIP" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 285K)

Comparisons of Criminal History Information Systems in the United States and Other Nations (CCHIS)

  • BJS-2016-9331
    The criminal history information system is maintained in the United States by tens of thousands of law enforcement agencies, courts, corrections systems, and state and federal repositories. It is used as a primary information resource by criminal justice professionals for a wide variety of reasons, by others to conduct background checks, and by researchers to understand the nature of criminal careers and the effect of interventions on criminal behavior. Little is known about how the criminal history system in the United States compares with those in other industrialized nations. This project will help fill this information gap and provide insight into potential improvements of the U.S. system.

    Under section 302 of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act, BJS is authorized to "provide for improvements in the accuracy, quality, timeliness, immediate accessibility, and integration of State and tribal criminal history and related records, and support statistical research for critical analysis of the improvement and utilization of criminal history records." That statute also authorizes BJS to "make grants to, or enter into cooperative agreements or contracts with public agencies, institutions of higher education, private organizations, or private individuals" for purposes of collecting and analyzing criminal justice statistics.

    Deadline: All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 16, 2016.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are national, regional, state, or local public and private entities, including for-profit and nonprofit organizations, tribal nonprofit or for- profit organizations, faith-based and community organizations, institutions of higher education, federally recognized Indian tribal governments as determined by the Secretary of the Interior, and units of local government that support initiatives to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Matt Durose, Statistician and Program Manager, by telephone at 202-307-0765 or by email at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "CCHIS" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 356K)

FY 2016 BJS Visiting Fellows: Criminal Justice Statistics Programs

  • BJS-2016-9005
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking applications to fund one or more BJS Visiting Fellows to work in its Criminal Justice Statistics Programs. The purpose of this program is to address substantive, methodological, and analytic issues to enhance or inform BJS statistical programs; support the scholarly use of BJS data collections; and expand the body of policy-relevant research that uses these data to further knowledge about and understanding of the operation of the criminal justice system.

    Under section 302 of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act, BJS is authorized to "make grants to, or enter into cooperative agreements or contracts with, public agencies, institutions of higher education, private organizations, or private individuals" for purposes of collecting and analyzing criminal justice statistics or programs.

    Deadline: All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 23, 2016.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are individuals who have a nationally recognized research portfolio and considerable expertise in their area of proposed research. They should be willing to commit a substantial portion of their time over at least a 12-month period to undertake analyses of BJS data or statistical programs and produce at least one publishable-quality report summarizing their analysis.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Gerard F. Ramker, Deputy Director, Bureau of Justice Statistics, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "2016VFCJSP" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 496K)

Survey of Public Defenders: A Design Study (SPDDS)

  • BJS-2016-9544
    BJS is seeking applications for funding to design a data collection program that surveys public defenders. This study will continue BJS's efforts to collect data on indigent defense in the United States. It will extend efforts of the Census of Public Defender Offices (CPDO) and National Survey of Indigent Defense Providers (NSIDS) to enhance understanding of the work done by public defenders. While the CPDO and NSIDS were conducted at the agency level, the proposed new data collection effort will survey the public defenders who provide services to adults and juveniles charged with a criminal offense.

    The successful applicant will produce (1) a report documenting the information need of the field that could be served by a survey of public defenders and (2) a report proposing a sampling plan to yield nationally representative statistics. Based on these reports, the successful applicant will design and test a survey instrument that provides information on a range of topics (e.g., provider demographics, professional background, caseloads, case outcomes, support services, needs, and emerging issues).

    Deadline: All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 23, 2016.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are national, regional, state, or local public and private entities, including for-profit and nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community organizations, institutions of higher education, federally recognized Indian tribal governments as determined by the Secretary of the Interior, and units of local government that support initiatives to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Suzanne M. Strong, Statistician and Program Manager, by telephone at 202-307-0765 or by email at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "SPDDS16" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 235K)

FY 2016 BJS Faculty Research Fellowship Program in Criminal Justice Statistics

  • BJS-2016-9333
    Through this competitive solicitation, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking a professional or scholarly society to administer a BJS-sponsored Faculty Research Fellowship Program. This fellowship program aims to increase the pool of researchers who use criminal justice statistical data generated by BJS, thereby contributing solutions that better prevent and control crime and help ensure the fair and impartial administration of criminal justice in the United States. The research fellowships envisioned will be relatively small-scale projects that can be completed within 6 months.

    Deadline: All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 1, 2016.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are professional or scholarly societies based in the United States whose members pursue scholarly, scientific, and professional knowledge concerning the measurement, etiology, consequences, prevention, control, and treatment of crime and delinquency. The entity should also have a history of promoting criminal justice education, scholarly research, and policy analysis.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Dr. Gerard F. Ramker, Deputy Director, Bureau of Justice Statistics, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "2016FRFPCJS" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 399K)

2016 National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) Implementation Assistance Program: Phase II - Support for State Programs

  • BJS-2016-9920
    In connection with its National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) Initiative, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) seeks proposals from state Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Programs to expand the state's capacity to report incident-based crime data to the FBI's National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). BJS has partnered with the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division, which established and maintains the NIBRS program, for this project. The FBI has formally announced its intention to establish NIBRS as the law enforcement (LE) crime data reporting standard for the nation, with a complementary plan to retire the Summary Reporting System (SRS) of the UCR Program. This will result in an increase in the number of local LE agencies reporting data to NIBRS. The typical mechanism by which a local agency contributes data to NIBRS is through its "state pipeline," where agencies report their incident-based crime data to the NIBRS-certified UCR Program in their respective state, and then the state agency sends data from all of the state's contributing agencies to the FBI. The FBI advocates the use of the state pipeline for crime data reporting, and BJS supports this. Transitioning local agencies to NIBRS reporting requires the state pipeline to be enhanced, to ensure state UCR Programs are capable of receiving and processing local incident-based crime data.

    Deadline: All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 3, 2016.

    Eligibility: In general, BJS is authorized to make grants to, or enter into contracts or cooperative agreements with, states, units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions, nonprofit and for- profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and certain qualified individuals. For-profit organizations must agree to forgo any profit or management fee. Please see page 1 of the full solicitation for additional eligibility information.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Alexia Cooper, NCS-X Program Manager, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "NCS-X State" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 269K)

FY 2016 Continuation of the Federal Justice Statistics Program

  • BJS-2016-9580
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is announcing a public solicitation for the continuation of the Federal Justice Statistics Program (FJSP). The FJSP is managed by BJS and serves as the national clearinghouse of administrative federal criminal case processing data. Under this program, administrative data are received from six federal justice agencies each year and are standardized, maintained, linked, analyzed, and archived by the contractor (currently under Award #2013-MU-CX-K057). The FJSP produces annual, cross-sectional data files (standard analysis files or SAFs) that represent the stages from arrest and prosecution through pretrial release, adjudication, sentencing, appeals, and corrections. The improved availability of identifiers in federal data sources allows for the systematic linking of case information across justice agencies for statistical reporting. The dyad link files are a FJSP resource that enables analysis of linked cross-sectional cohorts of suspects and defendants as their matters or cases move through the federal criminal justice system.

    The FJSP is a resource for studying a variety of topics in the federal criminal justice system. Statistics generated from the FJSP help inform and shape federal criminal justice policy, reflect the performance of federal justice agencies, and inform debates about federal criminal justice policy and budget allocation decisions. Tasks under this award will include receiving 2016 to 2020 datasets from six federal agencies, converting data into SAF format using SAS statistical software code, ensuring data quality and confidentiality standards, and updating the dyad link files to include all available data. The recipient will provide technical assistance to BJS and others who use FJSP data and will update and expand the BJS federal online query tool. The recipient will also prepare and submit public-use data files and codebooks to the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD). For each year of the project, and with BJS's approval, the recipient of funds will produce two special reports on issues of timely substantive importance and a working paper on a methodological topic to improve the statistical measurement of the federal response to crime. The successful applicant will receive all relevant data, computer code, and documentation developed to date by the FJSP to create the SAFs, dyad link files, the BJS online query tool, and files submitted to NACJD.

    Deadline: All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 6, 2016.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are for-profit faith-based and community organizations, and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education).

    BJS may elect to make awards for applications submitted under this solicitation in future fiscal years, depending on the merit of the applications and the availability of appropriations, among other considerations.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Mark Motivans, BJS Statistician, by telephone at 202-307-0765 or by email at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "FJSP16" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 232K)

Survey of Prison Inmates Statistical Support Center (SPISSC)

  • BJS-2016-9840
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics' (BJS) Survey of Prison Inmates (SPI), formerly known as the Survey of Inmates in State and Federal Correctional Facilities, collects and analyzes data from state and federal prisoners and produces national statistics of the U.S. prison population. BJS is seeking an agent to implement the Survey of Prison Inmates Statistical Support Center (SPISSC) project. The SPISSC will provide scientific and technical support for statistical and methodological research, statistical analyses, data linkage, documentation, and dissemination services in support of the SPI. It will also enhance the utility and relevance of BJS's statistical reporting program from the SPI and other federal sources of data that complement the SPI; increase the use of SPI data by various stakeholders, including by researchers to focus on key challenges in the correctional field and strategies for dealing with them; and provide nonstatistical audiences with translational products to increase the use of these statistics by the larger community of stakeholders and practitioners. The SPISSC will assist BJS in expanding its capacity to analyze SPI data and leverage administrative records to supplement the survey data, document the analyses and expand on the survey documentation, and increase the understanding and use of the SPI data by the broader research and stakeholder communities, therefore increasing the breadth of substantive issues that the SPI addresses.

    Deadline: All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 10, 2016.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are national, regional, state, or local public and private entities, including for-profit and nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community organizations, institutions of higher education, federally recognized Indian tribal governments as determined by the Secretary of the Interior, and units of local government that support initiatives to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Lauren Glaze, Statistician, by telephone at 202-305-9628, or by email at Lauren.Glaze@usdoj.gov. Include "SPISSC" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 245K)

2016 National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) Implementation Assistance Program: Phase III - Support for Large Local Agencies

  • BJS-2016-9980
    BJS seeks proposals from local law enforcement (LE) agencies with 750 or more sworn officers that were selected for the sample of agencies included in the National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) to report incident-based crime data to the FBI's NIBRS, either through their state NIBRS-certified UCR Program or directly to the FBI. BJS has partnered with the FBIs CJIS Division, which established and maintains the NIBRS program, for this project. The FBI has formally announced its intention to establish NIBRS as the LE crime data reporting standard for the nation, with a complementary plan to retire the Summary Reporting System (SRS) of the UCR Program. This will result in a large increase in the number of local LE agencies reporting incident-based data to the state UCR Program and to the FBI. The typical mechanism by which a local agency contributes data to NIBRS is through its "state pipeline," where agencies report their state-specific incident-based crime data to the NIBRS-certified UCR Program in their respective state, and the state agency then sends the data from all of the state's contributing agencies to the FBI. The FBI advocates the use of the state pipeline for crime data reporting, a view that BJS supports. For instances in which the state is not able to receive incident-based data from local LE agencies, the FBI is willing to receive the incident-based data directly from the local agencies until the state pipeline is in place. The plan to transition local agencies to incident-based reporting (IBR) requires that local LE agencies work closely with the state UCR Program to ensure the incident-based data submitted by local agencies meet the requirements of the state program. Enhancing the ability of the largest LE agencies in the nation (those with 750 or more sworn officers) to submit incident-based data to their state UCR Program or to the FBI directly is an effort jointly supported by BJS and the FBI's CJIS Division.

    Deadline: All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 10, 2016.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are local LE agencies with 750 or more sworn officers that (1) currently do not report incident-based data to their state UCR Program or to the FBI's NIBRS and (2) have had a readiness assessment completed through the NCS-X Initiative. Please see page 1 of the full solicitation for additional eligibility information.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Alexia Cooper, NCS-X Program Manager, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "NCS-X Local" in the subject line.

    Full soliciation in PDF format (PDF 440K)

National Survey of Youth in Custody (NSYC-3) 2017–18

  • BJS-2016-9860
    On September 4, 2003, President George W. Bush signed the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (Public Law 108-79). The act requires BJS to "carry out, for each calendar year, a comprehensive statistical review and analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape." The act further instructs BJS to collect survey data: "...the Bureau shall...use surveys and other statistical studies of current and former inmates...." The law was passed in part to overcome a shortage of available research on the incidence and prevalence of sexual violence in correctional facilities. To implement the act, BJS developed the National Prison Rape Statistics Program (NPRS), which includes four separate data collection efforts: the Survey on Sexual Violence (SSV), National Inmate Survey (NIS), National Survey of Youth in Custody (NSYC), and National Former Prisoner Survey (NFPS).

    Each of these collections is independent and, while not directly comparable, they provide measures of the prevalence and characteristics of sexual assault in correctional facilities. The SSV collects information about incidents of sexual violence reported to and investigated by adult and juvenile correctional authorities and characteristics of substantiated incidents. The NIS collects allegations of sexual assault self-reported by adult and juvenile inmates in correctional facilities. The NSYC gathers self-reported sexual assault data from youth in juvenile correctional facilities. The NFPS measures allegations of sexual assault experienced during a person's last incarceration, as reported by former inmates under active supervision.

    This award will provide funding through a cooperative agreement for a collection agent to administer the third round of the NSYC (NSYC-3). Project activities include drawing a national sample of state-operated juvenile facilities and locally or privately operated facilities that house adjudicated youth under state contract; administering the survey to sampled youth in these facilities; and conducting all data collection, analyses, and reporting activities.

    Deadline: All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 13, 2016.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are for-profit organizations, nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community organizations, institutions of higher education, and associations with demonstrated organizational and community-based experience working with American Indian and Alaska Native communities, including tribal for-profit and nonprofit organizations, tribal colleges and universities, and tribal consortia.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Allen J. Beck, BJS Senior Statistical Advisor, by telephone at 202-616-3277 or by email at AskBJS@usdoj.gov. Include "NSYC-3" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation and PDF format (PDF 265K)



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Applications and forms

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) requires that applications for funding be submitted through the OJP Grants Management System (GMS).

Applicants for financial assistance from BJS should also review:


BJS funding programs

Criminal justice statistics programs | Assistance to state, local, and tribal governments | IPA Mobility Program

Criminal justice statistics programs

    Data collection and processing

    BJS maintains nearly three dozen major statistical series designed to cover each stage of the criminal justice system. A description of the various BJS data series can be found under the topical references on the BJS home page. The U.S. Census Bureau carries out the majority of BJS's data collection activities. However, BJS conducts several statistical programs for which other non-profit organizations serve as BJS data collection agents. BJS periodically announces solicitations for these programs in the Federal Register and current solicitations are listed at the top of this page.

    Statistical and methodological research

    BJS conducts, supports, and implements methodological research and initiatives designed to improve the quality of justice statistics, records, and information systems.

    BJS, in partnership with the American Statistical Association (ASA), sponsors research projects designed to foster improvements in the methods used to obtain, analyze, and report national-level data on crime and criminal justice. Each year, new topics for methodological research are identified by BJS and ASA. Solicitations for new research projects are announced each year in February and October.

    The BJS Visiting Fellows Program promotes criminal justice statistical research among the academic and professional justice community. Visiting Fellows participate in a specifically designed research project of particular operational relevance to the national or international justice system. The program offers criminal justice researchers an opportunity to have a significant impact on specific BJS projects as well as a chance to examine innovative approaches to the analysis and dissemination of BJS data.

Assistance to state, local, and tribal governments

    National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) provides financial and technical support to states in improving the accuracy, utility, and interstate accessibility of criminal history records and enhancing records of protective orders involving domestic violence and stalking, sex offender records, automated identification systems, and other state systems supporting national records systems and their use for background checks.

    State Justice Statistics (SJS) Program for Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) offers technical and financial support to states to establish and maintain a state-level capacity to collect, analyze, and report statistics on crime and justice in order to contribute to effective state policies and programs and to participate in national data series. Through the creation of SACs, BJS encourages analyses of evolving criminal justice topics of interest within the state using data gathered from state and local agencies and promotes statistical inquiries into improved measures of crime incidence and prevalence.

Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Mobility Program

 


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