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Research and Evaluation of Trafficking in Persons

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, IHEs, and Agencies
for Research Studies Related to Human Trafficking

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

Conf. Date:

03/18/21

Deadline Date:

03/22/21 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit and for-profit organizations, government agencies, and IHEs for research and evaluation efforts to improve the justice system’s response to human trafficking, particularly regarding minority women. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support research projects that have clear implications for criminal justice policy and practice in the United States.

With this solicitation, NIJ continues to build upon its research and evaluation efforts to better understand, prevent, and respond to trafficking in persons in the United States. Applicants should propose research projects that — first and foremost — have clear implications for criminal justice policy and practice in the United States. With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals for research projects addressing the following priority areas:

  1. Demand reduction research.
  2. Human trafficking research, evaluation and development.
  3. Sex trafficking of American Indian and Alaska Native girls and women research.

NIJ will not consider proposals for research outside of these priority areas. 

For the purposes of this solicitation, “trafficking in persons” (and/or “human trafficking,” “trafficking”) is defined as the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision,  or obtaining of a person for the purpose of: (1) subjection to a commercial sex act that is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or (2) labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.

NIJ seeks to promote researcher-survivor partnerships in response to this solicitation, and will consider these partnerships when making award selections. For the purposes of this solicitation, such a partnership would include a research team with survivor(s) and/or a survivor-led organization to conduct criminal justice research and/or evaluation that relates to the needs of the victim service community; with implications for local, state, tribal, and national practice or policy. The partnership may include working with a researcher or service provider with lived experience, or include a plan for mentoring or training survivor consultants to engage in future research on human trafficking and service provision. 

For additional information about the priority areas, see: https://nij.ojp.gov/funding/O-NIJ-2021-45007.pdf#page=7

For information about program objectives and performance measures, see: https://nij.ojp.gov/funding/O-NIJ-2021-45007.pdf#page=9

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178657

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,000,000

Number of Grants:

Category 1: 1 award; Category 2: 3 awards; Category 3: 1 award

Estimated Size of Grant:

Category 1: up to $500,000
Category 2: up to $500,000
Category 3: up to $500,000

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance Start Date: 1/1/22 12:00 AM
Period of Performance Duration (Months): 60

Successful applicants will be expected to complete the work proposed within a five-year period of performance.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Small businesses
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
City or township governments, County governments, For profit organizations other than small businesses, Independent school districts, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, Small businesses, Special district governments, State governments, Other

For purposes of this solicitation, the term “State” means any State of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

NIJ 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).

Federal agencies are eligible to apply. Any award made to a federal agency will be made as an inter-agency reimbursable agreement.

Foreign governments, foreign organizations, and foreign colleges and universities are not eligible to apply.

What will not be funded:
- Applications primarily to purchase equipment, materials, or supplies. (A budget may include these items if they are necessary to conduct research, development, demonstration, evaluation, or analysis.)
- Applications that are not responsive to the purposes of this specific solicitation.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Application Mechanics Webinar will provide applicants with information on how to submit an application for DOJ funding. Registration is required to join this event.

Date and time: Thursday, March 18, 2021 1:00 pm
Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

To register and for more information: https://ojp.webex.com/ojp/onstage/g.php?MTID=e2d5eb2392efea3109bf1febdca07b759

Pre-Application Information:

The SF-424 and the SF-LLL will be submitted in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on March 22, 2021. OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date to allow time for the applicant to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from Grants.gov and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

The full application will be submitted in JustGrants on 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 5, 2021.

In FY 2021, applications will be submitted to DOJ in a new two-step process:
- Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in Grants.gov. To register in Grants.gov, applicants will need to obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and System for Award Management (SAM) registration or renewal.
- Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application including attachments in JustGrants.

To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=330559

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in DOJ’s Justice Grants System (JustGrants), contact the JustGrants Service Desk at JustGrants.Support@usdoj.gov or at 833-872-5175. The JustGrants Service Desk operates 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST Monday - Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and federal holidays.

For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact the Response Center by telephone at 800–851–3420 or TTY: 301–240–6310 (hearing impaired only) or by email at grants@ncjrs.gov.

CFDA Number:

16.560

Funding or Pin Number:

O-NIJ-2021-45007

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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