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NIJ’s Fiscal Year 2020 “Tribal-Researcher Capacity Building Grants” solicitation

February 4, 2020

New funding opportunity from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to enhance tribal-researcher capacity. NIJ actively supports research that involves federally recognized tribes (or tribally based organizations) on issues of crime and justice in the United States. In doing so, NIJ is committed to ethical and engaged efforts in line with responsible research conduct and federal trust responsibilities. This solicitation seeks applications for funding for planning grants to develop new and innovative criminal and juvenile justice research or evaluation projects that address the challenges of fighting crime and strengthening justice in Indian country and Alaska Native villages.


To ensure proposed projects result in tangible and mutually beneficial studies, they must include a new tribal-researcher partnership component. While the scope of this solicitation is defined as investigator-initiated and must be driven by the tribal partner, some topics of particular interest include:

  • The impact of concurrent criminal jurisdiction on the administration of justice in Indian country and Alaska Native villages.

  • The effectiveness of the criminal justice response to combating the opioid crisis and, more broadly, the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs.

  • Combating violent crime and responding to and reducing victimization.

  • Strengthening tribal justice systems.

  • Developing and testing tools and technologies to improve criminal justice policy and practice.


All applications are due by 3:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 4, 2020.


Review the solicitation at https://nij.ojp.gov/funding/opportunities/nij-2020-17329 and then contact us for grant writing assistance.


Applicants must register with Grants.gov at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html before applying.

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