OVW Research and Evaluation Program

The purpose of the Research and Evaluation (R&E) Program is to further develop and make maximum use of the evidence base for approaches to combatting domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking.

By generating more knowledge about strategies for serving victims and holding
offenders accountable, communities that benefit from VAWA funding will be better equipped to align their work with practices that are known to be effective, and they will be more capable of generating empirical knowledge on the efficacy of new and promising ways of doing things.

Because OVW has very limited funds to support research and evaluation, this program prioritizes topics for which a stronger evidence base would help OVW grantees use federal funds most effectively.
Related Programs16.123 Community-Based Violence Prevention Program; 16.556 Grants to State Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Coalitions; 16.587 Violence Against Women Discretionary Grants for Indian Tribal Governments

Agency - Department of Justice

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of Central Florida Board Of Trustees, The $ 1,000,000   2020-11-012025-10-31
University Of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. $ 477,195   2022-01-012024-12-31
The University Of South Dakota $ 144,450   2021-11-012024-10-31
University System Of New Hampshire $ 302,909   2021-11-012024-10-31
University Of Nebraska $ 309,516   2021-11-012023-10-31
University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill $ 450,000   2021-11-012023-10-31
Urban Institute,the $ 450,000   2021-11-012023-10-31
The University Of South Dakota $ 450,000   2020-11-012023-10-31
University Of Washington $ 449,977   2020-11-012023-10-31
Northwestern University $ 447,228   2020-11-012023-10-31

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

OVW is interested in funding research and evaluation to generate knowledge in the six areas of study listed below: 1. Victims? needs.

How victimization and its aftermath affect people?s lives, especially people who are marginalized; and what they need to cope, heal, and achieve safety and justice 2. Cultures, disparities, and access.

Ways that cultural differences and social inequalities matter in terms of where and to whom people go for help, and whether people are able to access justice and get services that are useful to them 3. Justice.

Ways the justice system can effectively pursue and achieve justice in cases involving domestic/dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking; with justice broadly understood to include autonomy for victims, accountability for offenders, procedural fairness for all, and restorative justice 4. Impact.

Short- and long-term impact of the justice system?s response, victim services, and other VAWA-funded interventions on victim safety and offender accountability 5. Indicators of success.

What success looks like and how to measure it?for people who work with victims and offenders, for victims pursing safety and justice, and for offenders being accountable for their violence 6. Prevention.

How to prevent violence from happening.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are limited to: States (including territories), units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribal governments as determined by the Secretary of the Interior, nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations), institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education).

Beneficiary Eligibility

This program prioritizes research on topics for which a stronger evidence base would help OVW grantees use federal funds most effectively.


Specific criteria for the program are provided in an annual solicitation available at www.justice.gov/OVW. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow Office on Violence Against Women policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications.

Award Procedures

Upon approval by the Office on Violence Against Women, online notification is sent to the applicant agency with copies of the Grant Award. One copy of the Grant Award must be signed by an authorized official and returned to OVW.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Violence Against Women Act, as amended, Public Law 109-162, 42 U.S.C 13925(b)(7).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Applicants will be notified by the end of the fiscal year.


Not Applicable.


Renewals are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. Match is not required for this grant program; however, applicants are encouraged to maximize the impact of Federal dollars by contributing to the cost of the project. Supplemental contributions may be cash, in-kind services, or a combination of both. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Information regarding length of awards will be included in an annual solicitation for the program. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are released on an as-needed basis to the grantee. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Periodic drawdowns should be based upon immediate disbursement/reimbursement needs and project progress.

Post Assistance Requirements


Reports are required as stipulated in the effective edition of the DOJ Financial Guide.

No cash reports are required.

Semi-annual progress reports shall explain the activities carried out and include an assessment of the effectiveness of those activities in achieving the purposes of the program, including number of persons served and numbers of persons seeking services who could not be served.

Quarterly Federal Financial Reports are required.

Grantees must monitor grant and subgrant supported activities to assure compliance with applicable Federal requirements and that performance goals are being achieved.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to an award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim or audit is started before the expiration of the three year period, the records must be retained until all litigation, claims or audit findings involving the records have been resolved and final action taken.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $3,356,608; FY 17 Estimate Not Available; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance


Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Program solicitations can be found at https://www.justice.gov/ovw/grant-programs. Recipients must comply with the current version of the DOJ Financial Grants Management Guide found at https://www.justice.gov/ovw/grantees.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Tia Farmer 145 N Street NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20530 Email: tia.farmer@usdoj.gov Phone: 2023051177

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria is specified in the annual program solicitation.

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