National Institute of Justice Announces Funding Priorities

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ), one of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) key research offices, forecasted its anticipated fiscal year (FY) 2023 funding opportunities. The list of forecasted opportunities includes a new program on Enhancing Research Capacity at Minority Serving Institutions, a major priority for NIJ Director Nancy La Vigne. The list also includes new competitions for the W.E.B. Du Bois Program of Research on Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Justice System, which was last competed in 2021, and the Graduate Research Fellowship Program, last competed in 2020. Other forecasted solicitations address topics such as domestic radicalization and violent extremism, school safety, firearm violence, community based violence intervention and prevention, policing, hate crimes, violence against women, human trafficking, corrections, elder abuse, forensic science, and more.

Many of the topics and solicitations align with the Biden Administration’s key priorities for DOJ.   In recent speaking appearances at the American Society of Criminology annual meeting and the National Research Conference on Firearm Injury Prevention, Director La Vigne has emphasized a focus on inclusive, community-based research; elevating racial equity work and engaging with minority-serving institutions; translating research findings to use in the field; investment in implementation science to ensure fidelity of evaluations and examine unintended consequences; and interdisciplinary research approaches.  This will be Director La Vigne’s first full grant cycle since taking the helm of NIJ in March 2022.

The NIJ also announced plans to revive its annual research conference in 2023. The conference, which is free and open to attend, will be held May 23-25, 2023 in Arlington, Virginia and focus on topics such as preventing community-based violence, accountability in policing, and promoting equity in the justice system. Registration information and a detailed agenda have not yet been released.

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