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Current Solicitations

National Prisoner Statistics Program (NPS) and National Corrections Reporting Program (NCRP), Reference Years (RY) 2020-2024

  • BJS-2020-17572
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) seeks an agent to conduct data collection and related activities for the National Prisoner Statistics program (NPS) and the National Corrections Reporting Program (NCRP). This award covers the five collection cycles for reporting years (RY) 2020 through 2024, funded with money from fiscal years (FY) 2020 through 2024. The project period is October 1, 2020, through September 30, 2025. These two programs were first competed together for the RY 2014-2019 award.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 14, 2020.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are national, regional, state, or local public and private entities, for-profit and nonprofit organizations (including tribal), faith-based and community organizations, institutions of higher education (including tribal), federally recognized Indian tribal governments, 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 BJS at 202-307-0765, or by email at AskBJS@usdoj.gov. Include "NPSNCRP" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 270K)

FY 2020 National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP)

  • BJS-2020-17632
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is publishing this notice to announce the continuation of the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) in fiscal year (FY) 2020, identify the program priorities, and provide information on application requirements. This year, BJS is prioritizing the use of funds for two purposes: 1) to improve the reporting of dispositions and 2) to improve the reporting of persons prohibited from possessing firearms for reasons related to mental health to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 16, 2020.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are limited to the agency designated by the governor in each state to administer the NCHIP (34 U.S.C. § 40301) and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior). (A determination by the Secretary of the Interior is not required for tribes to which federal recognition was extended by virtue of Public Law 115-121, the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017.)

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact BJS at 202-307-0765, or by email at AskBJS@usdoj.gov. Include "NCHIP20" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 474K)

Annual Surveys of Probation and Parole (ASPP), Reference Years (RY) 2020-2024

  • BJS-2020-17612
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) seeks an applicant to conduct the collection, analysis, and dissemination activities for the Annual Surveys of Probation and Parole (ASPP) for the reference years 2020 through 2024.

    The ASPP are two separate data collections, independently referred to as the Annual Probation Survey and Annual Parole Survey. Since 1980, the ASPP have collected aggregate data on the number of persons supervised on probation or parole (i.e., post-custody community supervision), together referred to as the community supervision population. The ASPP obtain aggregated data from administrative records maintained by state probation and/or parole agencies; local agencies (municipal, county, or court); and the federal system. The ASPP are core BJS data collections and are the only national data collections that describe the size, change, movements, outcomes, and characteristics of the community supervision populations at the national, federal, and state levels. Together with data from the National Prisoner Statistics (NPS) Program, which collects counts of persons incarcerated in federal and state prisons, and the Annual Survey of Jails (ASJ), which collects counts of persons held in local jails, ASPP data are used to estimate the total number of persons supervised by the adult correctional systems in the United States. Collectively, these data collections are also critical for tracking the level and change in the correctional populations over time and enhancing the understanding of the flow of offenders through and eventually out of the criminal justice system.

    Because of the needs for and uses of the ASPP data, it is imperative that these data are reliable, of high quality, and are representative of the entire targeted population. Therefore, through this award, BJS intends to enhance these aspects of the ASPP.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 21, 2020.

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

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

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 353K)

FY 2020 NICS Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP)

  • BJS-2020-17635
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is publishing this notice to announce the continuation of the NICS Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP) in fiscal year (FY) 2020, identify the program priorities, and provide information on application requirements. This year, BJS is prioritizing the use of funds for two purposes: (1) to enhance the completeness, automation, and transmittal of records to state and federal systems used by the NICS, and (2) to improve the overall reporting of persons prohibited from possessing firearms for reasons related to domestic violence and mental health to the NICS.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 23, 2020.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are limited to the agency designated by the Governor in each state to administer the National Criminal History Improvement Program (34 U.S.C. § 40301), 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, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact BJS at 202-307-0765, or by email at AskBJS@usdoj.gov. Include "NARIP20" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 488K)

FY 2020 State Justice Statistics Program for Statistical Analysis Centers

  • BJS-2020-17618
    This solicitation describes the guidelines and requirements of the fiscal year (FY) 2020 State Justice Statistics (SJS) Program for Statistical Analysis Centers (SACs). The information produced by SACs and their involvement in criminal justice projects is important to federal, state, and local criminal justice agencies and community organizations as they develop programs and policies related to crime, illegal drugs, victim services, and the administration of justice. Pursuant to 34 U.S.C. §§ 10131-32, BJS is authorized to "provide for the development of justice information systems programs and assistance to the States, Indian tribes, and units of local government relating to collection, analysis, or dissemination of justice statistics." For the purpose of this solicitation, the term "state" includes the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.

    Deadline: All registrations and applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 30, 2020.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are limited to SACs established by state legislation or executive order.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact BJS at 202-307-0765, or by email at AskBJS@usdoj.gov. Include "SJSSAC20" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 476K)

National Pretrial Reporting Program (NPRP) 2020

  • BJS-2020-18472
    The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking applications for funding for the National Pretrial Reporting Program (NPRP) 2020, formerly titled the State Court Processing Statistics (SCPS). This data collection program is a component of the BJS Criminal Justice Statistics Program. The NPRP provides information on the criminal case processing of defendants charged with felony offenses in state criminal courts, with a particular focus on pre-trial release and detention. This program furthers the Department's mission by increasing transparency, collaboration, and reporting of state criminal courts.

    Deadline: All applications are due 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 2, 2020.

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

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact BJS by telephone at 202-307-0765 or by email at AskBJS@usdoj.gov. Include "NPRP20"in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF)



Previous solicitations and announcements

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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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