Criminal Justice Research and Development Graduate Research Fellowships

NIJ?s Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) program provides awards to accredited universities for the support of doctoral students engaged in research relevant to ensuring public safety, preventing and controlling crime, and ensuring the fair and impartial administration of criminal justice in the United

The GRF Program has two tracks: Social and Behavioral Sciences; and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

This fellowship program furthers the Department?s mission by sponsoring research to provide objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at the state and local levels.

Beginning in FY 2018, the Criminal Justice Research and Development Graduate Research Fellowships program is funded under CFDA 16.560 National Institute of Justice Research, Evaluation, and Development Project Grants program.

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.

Office - None.

Email: (Social and Behavioral Sciences) or (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Phone: (202) 307-2942.
Website Address

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of Illinois $ 114,366   2017-08-012020-12-31
Vanderbilt University, The $ 84,912   2017-08-012020-12-31
University Of Notre Dame Du Lac $ 140,780   2017-08-012020-12-31
Georgetown University (the) $ 150,000   2016-08-012020-12-31
Research Foundation For The State University Of New York, The $ 135,000   2016-08-012020-12-31
University Of Central Florida Board Of Trustees, The $ 150,000   2016-08-012020-12-31
University Of Mississippi $ 96,941   2017-08-012020-07-31
University Of North Carolina At Charlotte, The $ 137,876   2017-09-012019-12-31
University Of Tennessee $ 150,000   2017-08-012019-12-31
Research Foundation For The State University Of New York, The $ 149,983   2017-08-012019-12-31

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The program supports academic institutions sponsoring students engaged in doctoral research.

Award funds may be used to cover a student?s stipend and fringe benefits, tuition and fees, and other allowable research expenses, as specified in the specific GRF Program solicitation.

Award funds cannot be used to pay for direct or indirect administrative expenses of the applicant educational institution.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Degree-granting academic institutions in the United States.

The institution must be fully accredited by one of the regional institutional accreditation agencies recognized by the U.S.

Secretary of Education.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The ultimate beneficiaries of this program are graduate students engaged in research relevant to criminal justice, forensic science, and public safety.


Interested applicants are encouraged to review the current solicitation for the specific GRF Program track for information about required documents. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants must submit completed applications via the method prescribed in the solicitation. The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow Office of Justice Programs policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications. Specific application instructions for solicitations are available at the Office of Justice Programs web site (

Award Procedures

Grants are awarded by the Director of the National Institute of Justice. NIJ makes awards on a competitive basis. Notification of an award will be transmitted electronically to the submitting organization by the Grants Management System.


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


Title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, Part A, Sections 201-202, Pub. L. No. 90-351, 42 USC 3721 - 42 USC 3722; Title II, Subtitle D of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, Sections 231-233 and 235, Pub. L. 107-296, 6 USC 161 - 6 USC 163 and 6 USC 165; and an act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 180 days. Deadlines are included with the application instructions, which are posted on the Office of Justice Programs web site (


There are no appeal rights for rejection of a discretionary application, but for discretionary awards, see 28 C.F.R. Part 18.


GRF-STEM Fellowships may be supplemented for up to 36 months of total support, pending demonstration of adequate progress. See specific solicitation for details of renewal eligibility.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Initial grants typically provide 12 months of support. GRF-STEM fellowships may be supplemented for up to 36 months of total support, pending demonstration of adequate progress. The total period of an award will not exceed five years. Applicants should refer to the specific solicitation for details about initial and total grant periods. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are awarded in the form of a grant. See the Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide for more information. (

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Progress reports are required.

Additionally, an electronic copy of the graduate fellow?s approved, defended dissertation is required upon completion.

Quarterly financial reports are required.

To assist in fulfilling the Departments responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, Public Law 111?352, recipients must provide data that measures the results of their work.


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. See 2 CFR 200 for audit requirements.


See 2 C.F.R . 200.334 for the government-wide requirements for retention requirements for records.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 17 Not Separately Identifiable; FY 18 Not Separately Identifiable; and FY 19 Not Separately Identifiable

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Maximum award amounts: $32,000 for GRF-SBS; $50,000/yr. for GRF-STEM. See current solicitation for current award maximum.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Electronic versions of both GRF solicitations can be found on NIJ?s website at

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None. Email: (Social and Behavioral Sciences) or (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Phone: (202) 307-2942.

Headquarters Office

NIJ National Institute of Justice 810 7th Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Phone: (202) 307-2942

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The scientific merit of the proposed research and its relevance to criminal justice policy and practice in the United States are assessed by external peer reviewers, according to these selection criteria: 1) Statement of the Problem; 2) Project Design and Implementation; 3) Potential Impact; and 4) Capabilities and Competencies. All final award decisions will be made by the Director of the National Institute of Justice. Peer reviewers? ratings and any resulting recommendations are advisory only, although their views are considered carefully. In addition to peer review ratings, considerations for award recommendations and decisions may include, but are not limited to, planned scholarly products, proposed budgets, past performance (including scholarly products) under prior NIJ and OJP awards, research independence and integrity, strategic priorities, and available funding when making awards.

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