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Current Solicitations

Law Enforcement Core Statistics (LECS) Program

  • BJS-2019-15728
    Under 34 U.S.C. ยง 10132 (c)(3), the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is authorized to "collect and analyze data that will serve as a continuous and comparable national social indication of the prevalence, incidence, rates, extent, distribution, and attributes of crime..." To support this goal, BJS has conducted surveys of law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and will update that collection with this solicitation. The Law Enforcement Core Statistics (LECS) program will focus on the organizational characteristics of LEAs to provide accurate and timely national statistics about the personnel, operations, policies, and procedures of federal, state, county, local, and tribal LEAs in the United States. The LECS includes BJS's two core law enforcement collections: the Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) and the Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies (CSLLEA).

    As part of the LECS program, this 48-month program includes (1) fielding the LEMAS in 2020, (2) frame cleaning and fielding the CSLLEA in 2022, (3) developing and testing a LEMAS supplemental survey instrument, and (4) developing and maintaining an active roster of in-service LEAs.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 6, 2019.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are national, regional, state, or local public and private entities, including 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 Shelley S. Hyland, BJS Statistician and Program Manager, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "LECS FY19" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 397KB)

FY 2019 State Justice Statistics Program for Statistical Analysis Centers

  • This solicitation describes the guidelines and requirements of the fiscal year (FY) 2019 State Justice Statistics (SJS) Program for Statistical Analysis Centers (SACs). The information produced by SACs and their involvement in criminal justice projects is critical 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.

    Deadline: All registrations and applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 13, 2019.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are limited to SACs established by state legislation or executive order. BJS will consider 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 the funding and managing the entire project.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Stephanie Burroughs, Justice Statistics Policy Analyst, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at AskBJS@usdoj.gov. Include "SJSSAC19" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 418K)

FY 2019 Graduate Research Fellowship Program for Criminal Justice Statistics

  • BJS-2019-16229
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking applications under its Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) Program, which provides awards to accredited universities for doctoral research that uses BJS's criminal justice data or statistical series and focuses on one of the top Department of Justice (DOJ) priorities: enhancing national security and countering terrorism threats, securing the borders and enhancing immigration enforcement, reducing violent crime and promoting public safety, or prosecuting federal drug crimes and enforcing the rule of law.

    Applicant institutions sponsoring doctoral students are eligible to apply if the doctoral research dissertation has direct implications for criminal justice policy and practice in the United States. BJS encourages institutions to consider sponsoring qualified doctoral students from social and behavioral sciences, mathematics, data science, or statistics for their applications. BJS anticipates making awards to successful applicant institutions on behalf of the sponsored doctoral student in the form of grants to cover a doctoral student fellowship. Awards will not exceed $40,000. Awarded funds will cover all allowable expenses over the project period. Additional funds will not be provided (see Section B. Federal Award Information). 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 by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 21, 2019.

    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. Under this solicitation, the applicant institution must apply as the sponsor on behalf of a doctoral student whose dissertation research substantially uses data made available by BJS.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Kevin M. Scott, Law Enforcement Unit Chief, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at Askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "2019GRFPCJS" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 355K)



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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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