Criminal Justice Research and Development_Graduate Research Fellowships

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Administered by:

US Federal Government Agency (see all agencies)
Department of Justice , National Institute of Justice
CFDA #: 16.562

Purpose of this program:

To improve the quality and quantity of knowledge about crime and the criminal justice system, while, at the same time, helping to increase the number of persons who are qualified to teach in collegiate criminal justice programs, to conduct research related to criminal justice issues, and to perform more effectively within the criminal justice system.

Possible uses and use restrictions...

Eligible students are doctoral candidates engaged in dissertation research and writing on a problem related to law enforcement, crime or criminal justice. A fellowship is funded for up to 18 months. This competitive program provides fellowship stipends, major project costs, and certain university fees for a maximum amount of $15,000. Students who do not qualify for the doctoral program may consider applying for other research grants under the fellowship solicitation.

Who is eligible to apply...

Accredited institution of higher education offering a doctoral degree program. Degree does not have to be in criminal justice, but proposed dissertation work must be related to criminal justice issues.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:
Credentials/Documentation

Eligible graduate students interested in competing for a fellowship must furnish along with the application for a grant, a letter of endorsement from the faculty advisor. Applicants must have completed all degree requirements except the research writing, and defense of the dissertation or an internship prior to the start of the grant. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.

About this section:

This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy. For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree, 3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible. Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they must satisfy.

Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs, the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.

How to apply...

Application Procedure:

Detailed information is provided in the program solicitation which is obtained by sending a self-addressed mailing label to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, Box 6000, Rockville, MD 20849-6000 or calling toll free to request a copy at (800) 851-3420 or accessing the web site at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij under "Funding Opportunities". This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.

Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.

Award Procedure:

Grants are awarded by the Institute Director based on the recommendations of criminal justice experts from outside reviewers and Institute staff.

Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.

Deadlines and process...

Deadlines

Applications may be submitted at any time throughout the year. Proposals will be due and subsequently reviewed three times a year, in February, June, and October, with funding decisions made within 60-90 days of the review date.

Note: When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received. When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 90 days from application deadline.

Preapplication Coordination

None. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102 and E.O. 12372.

Note: This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.

Appeals

Hearings by the Director.

Note: In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

Renewals

None.

Note: In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.

Who can benefit...

The student must be engaged in writing a doctoral dissertation directly relevant to crime, law enforcement and/or criminal justice.

Beneficiaries
About this section:

This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.

What types of assistance...

Project Grants

The funding, for fixed or known periods, of specific projects. Project grants can include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, and construction grants.

How much financial aid...

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

In amounts consistent with the Institute's plans, priorities, and levels of financing.

Note: This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.

Obligations

(Grants) FY 03 $100,000; FY 04 est $100,000; and FY 05 est $100,000.

Note: The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.

Account Identification

15-0401-0-1-754.

Note: Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program. This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.

Examples of funded projects...

Resisting Drug Use Among Adolescents; Controlling the Offender in the Community; Eyewitness Memory and Aging; Sentencing Child Sexual Abusers; An Analysis of Police Post Assault Reactions Measuring Procedural Justice; The Fear of Crime by Older Americans; the Criminal Justice System's Handling of Drug Offenders, and Influences of Adolescent Delinquent Behavior. Fear of Crime and Its Antecedents; Drug Use and Help-Seeking Patterns Among University Students; Differential Drug-Use Patterns Between Institutionalized White and Black Male Delinquents in Georgia; Court Orders of Protection for Battered Women; Forensic Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases; A Survey of Federal, State and Local Prosecutors on Computer Crime; Community Policing and Domestic Violence; Female Gang Involvement in the Midwest: A Two-City Comparison; Violation of Probation Release Conditions and Criminal Recidivism; Impact on Crime of Criminal and Juvenile Justice System Policies and Practices; Specifying Public Support for Corrections Rehabilitation: A Factual Survey Approach; Impact of Managerial Style on the Colombian Distribution of Cocaine to the Wholesale Level; Influence of Neighborhood Disadvantage or Delinquency and Drug Abuse; Evaluation and Review of the Peacemaker Court of the Navajo Nation; Non-Fatal Workplace Violence Epidemiology: Risk Factors and Legal Implications; Variation in Community Policing Activities Across Neighborhoods; The Peer Group Revisited: A Network Approach for Understanding Adolescent Delinquency; and New Estimates of the Cost of Crime: A Hedonic Evaluation.

About this section

This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.

Program accomplishments...

In FY 2003, a total of 41 applications were received under the Graduate Research Fellowship Solicitation, with five awards made.

Criteria for selecting proposals...

Grasp of issues and the relationship of issues to significant problems confronting criminal justice in the United States, description of design and methodology, the potential utility of results, and qualifications of applicant to produce acceptable doctoral dissertation (based upon proposal paper, university endorsement, and researcher's background statement).

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Project durations are not normally less than 6 months nor more than 18 months.

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no formula and matching requirements.

Note:
A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.

Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.

In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.

Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.

Post assistance requirements...

Reports

Quarterly financial status and bi-annual project reports are required. Three copies of the dissertation and an Executive Summary are required upon completion.

Note: This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.

Audits

All organizations that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in any fiscal year must have a single audit for that year in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133, as amended, unless the audit condition on the award says otherwise. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency not later than 9 months after the end of the grantee's fiscal year.

Note: This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency. The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133. These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year, as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period, rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).

Records

All project records shall be retained for 3 years.

Note: This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require. Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office. For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C. For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.

Regulations...

Authorization

Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, as amended; Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, Public Law 100-690.

Note: This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).

Regulations, Guidelines, And Literature

The program solicitation, "Fellowship Opportunities," is available by sending a self-addressed mailing label to: National Criminal Justice Reference Service, Box 6000, Rockville, MD 20850, or call toll free to request a copy at (800) 851- 3420. Also available electronically from the Justice Information Center on the world wide web at www.ncjrs.org or on NIJ's web site at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij under "Funding Opportunities".

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office

None.

Note: This section lists the agency contact person, address and telephone number of the Federal Regional or Local Office(s) to be contacted for detailed information regarding a program such as: (1) current availability of funds and the likelihood of receiving assistance within a given period; (2) pre-application and application forms required; (3) whether a pre-application conference is recommended; (4) assistance available in preparation of applications; (5) whether funding decisions are made at the headquarters, regional or local level; (6) application renewal procedures (including continuations and supplementals) or appeal procedures for rejected applications; and (7) recently published program guidelines and material. However, for most federal programs, this section will instruct the reader to consult the so-called Appendix IV of the Catalog due to the large volume of Regional and Local Office Contacts for most agencies. This information is provided in Additional Contact Information (see below).

Headquarters Office

National Institute of Justice, Washington, DC 20531. Telephone: (202) 307-2942. FTS number is (202) 367-2942.

Note: This section lists names and addresses of the office at the headquarters level with direct operational responsibility for managing a program. A telephone number is provided in cases where a Regional or Local Office is not normally able to answer detailed inquiries concerning a program. Also listed are the name(s) and telephone number(s) of the information contact person(s) who can provide additional program information to applicants.

Additional Contact Information (Appendix IV)

Due to the large volume of regional and local office contacts for most agencies, full contact information is also provided separately here in a PDF format: