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Grants to USA IHEs for Fellowships for Doctoral Students Investigating Criminal and Juvenile Justice

Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF)


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
CFDA Number: 16.560
Funding or PIN Number: Opportunity ID: O-NIJ-2023-171521
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 04/25/23 11:59 PM Eastern - deadline; 05/02/23 8:59 PM Eastern - JustGrants deadline Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories institutions of higher education to support fellowships for doctoral students engaged in research related to juvenile and criminal justice. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to ten days to complete. The purpose of this program is to increase the pool of researchers who are engaged in providing solutions to problems relevant to criminal and/or juvenile justice policy and practice.

Degree-granting academic institutions are encouraged to sponsor outstanding and promising doctoral students whose dissertation research has direct implications for preventing and controlling crime, and/or ensuring the fair and impartial administration of criminal and/or juvenile justice, in the United States. NIJ will give special consideration in award decisions to proposals from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).

The Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) program provides grants to accredited academic institutions to support outstanding doctoral students whose dissertation research is relevant to criminal and or juvenile justice. 

NIJ will give special consideration to proposals with methods that include meaningful engagement with the people with lived experience of the subject of study, including but not limited to, justice practitioners, community members, crime victims, service providers and individuals who have experienced justice system involvement. Where applicable, NIJ also seeks proposals that include consideration and measurement of the issues of diversity, discrimination, and bias across age, gender and gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation.

For Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables, see

For Priority Areas, see


  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicant academic institutions are eligible to apply only if:
1. The student is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in the sciences or engineering.
2. The student’s proposed dissertation research has demonstrable relevance to preventing and controlling crime, and/or ensuring the fair and impartial administration of criminal and/or juvenile justice, in the United States.

The applicant under this solicitation will be a degree-granting academic institution in the United States or its territories. To be eligible, the academic institution of record must be fully accredited by one of the regional institutional accreditation agencies recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. An applicant institution sponsoring a doctoral student is eligible to apply only if the doctoral student satisfies the Doctoral Student Eligibility Requirements at

An applicant entity may submit more than one application under this solicitation, but each application must propose sponsoring a different doctoral candidate’s dissertation research.

Pre-Proposal Conference
NIJ will hold a solicitation webinar on February 8, 2023 at 11:00am ET. This call will provide a detailed overview of the solicitation and allow an opportunity for interested applicants to ask questions. Preregistration is required for all participants. Register by clicking on this link and following the instructions.

To use the time most efficiently, NIJ encourages participants to review the solicitation and submit any questions they may have in advance and no later than February 6, 2023. Submit your questions to with the subject as “Questions for GRF Webinar.”

Pre-Application Information
- Deadline April 25, 2023, 11:59 pm Eastern
- Application JustGrants Deadline May 2, 2023, 8:59 pm Eastern

Registration: Before submitting an application, all applicants must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). You must renew and validate your registration every 12 months. If you do not renew your SAM registration, it will expire. An expired registration can delay or prevent application submission in and JustGrants. Registration and renewal can take up to 10 business days to complete.

Submission: Applications must be submitted to DOJ electronically through a two-step process via and JustGrants.
- Step 1: The applicant must submit by the deadline the required Application for
Federal Assistance standard form (SF-424) and a Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF-LLL)
form when they register in at Submit the SF-424 and SF-LLL as early as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the deadline. If an applicant fails to submit in, they will be unable to apply in JustGrants.
- Step 2: The applicant must submit the full application, including attachments, in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

This solicitation does not require a match.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Award Ceiling: $166,500
Award Floor: $0

Awards are anticipated to be made to successful applicant institutions in the form of grants to cover fellowships for the sponsored doctoral students. For each year of support, NIJ provides the degree-granting institution $40,500 for Salary and Fringe, up to $12,000 in Cost of Education Allowance, and up to $3,000 in Research Expenses.

Term of Contract
Period of Performance Start Date 1/1/24
Period of Performance Duration (Months) 60

Each fellowship provides up to three years of support usable within a five-year period. The award will be made for the entire cumulative fellowship amount (up to three years of funding). Although the award is made for the full amount, after the first year, each annual funding increment is withheld pending annual demonstration of continued enrollment and adequate progress towards the degree.

Contact Information
For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, contact the OJP Response Center at 800-851-3420, 301-240-6310 (TTY for hearing-impaired callers only), or The OJP Response Center operates from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. eastern time (ET) Monday–Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET on the solicitation close date.

For technical assistance with submitting the SF-424 and a SF-LLL in, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726, 606-545-5035, Customer Support, or The Support Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on federal holidays.

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in JustGrants, contact the JustGrants Service Desk at 833-872-5175 or The JustGrants Service Desk operates 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET Monday–Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sunday, and Federal holidays.

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