Frequently-Asked Questions Related to Expired Solicitations

Fiscal Year 2013 Solicitations

Research on Firearms and Violence

Q: Can I talk directly to someone about an idea I have before I submit my application?
A: NIJ requests that questions and answers be done in writing. We believe such a procedure improves fairness and transparency. We regret that we cannot discuss ideas personally and privately before the application is submitted. To see the kinds of projects we have funded in the past, visit our Awards page.
Q: Will the independent peer reviewers consider projects focused on epidemiology rather than program evaluation?
A: Yes. Epidemiology is certainly within the scope of the approaches that will be considered.
Q: We would like to propose a multi-phased project.  Noting that there is no comprehensive dataset on firearms and violence, we first seek to build one.  Then, we would use this dataset to construct a tool for testing several criminological theories and, ultimately, testing the efficacy of various intervention strategies.
A: Your idea seems well within the scope of the solicitation.
Q: Would data analysis projects be considered for funding under this announcement?  My colleagues and I have extensive experience in utilizing large, existing databases to conduct empirical research. We recognize the limitations inherent in the use of these data sources.  However, since we would not need to conduct costly data collection but rather only require salary support, the use of these extant data sources would still provide "bang for the buck" in terms of the results and information generated relative to the cost.
A: NIJ has a long tradition of supporting analysis of secondary data. Your idea seems to be well within the scope of the solicitation. Learn more about how proposals are reviewed.
Q:  I am interested in examining successful applications for recent, similar grants of this type as a means of helping us better anticipate what grant reviewers might be looking for. Could you provide me with the names of comparable, recent funding opportunities of this type, or any other relevant information that could facilitate our efforts here?
A: An example of a successful application is posted on the NIJ website. Although examples of successful applications related to firearms are not available, you might examine the reports that resulted from previous successful awards.

Applied Technology Research and Development to Optimize Criminal Justice Use of Social media in the "Web 3.0" Environment

Q: Most of NIJ's solicitations state that "...NIJ is authorized to make grants to, or enter into contracts or cooperative agreements..." Which of these three funding vehicles will be used for the awards resulting from this solicitation?
A: All awards resulting from this solicitation will be cooperative agreements with one exception. Successful Federal/Federally-Funded Research and Development Center applicants may be awarded through an Interagency Agreement.

Evaluating the Efficacy of Lighting, Markings, and Paint Schemes in Reducing the Incidence of Law Enforcement Vehicle Crashes  

Q: Most of NIJ's solicitations state that "...NIJ is authorized to make grants to, or enter into contracts or cooperative agreements..." Which of these three funding vehicles will be used for the awards resulting from this solicitation?
A: All awards resulting from this solicitation will be cooperative agreements with one exception. Successful Federal/Federally-Funded Research and Development Center applicants may be awarded through an Interagency Agreement.

Identifying the Highest Priority Criminal Justice Technology Needs

Q: Most of NIJ's solicitations state that "...NIJ is authorized to make grants to, or enter into contracts or cooperative agreements..." Which of these three funding vehicles will be used for the awards resulting from this solicitation?
A: All awards resulting from this solicitation will be cooperative agreements with one exception. Successful Federal/Federally-Funded Research and Development Center applicants may be awarded through an Interagency Agreement.

The Impact of Safety Equipment Modalities on Reducing Correctional Officer Injuries  

Q: Most of NIJ's solicitations state that "...NIJ is authorized to make grants to, or enter into contracts or cooperative agreements..." Which of these three funding vehicles will be used for the awards resulting from this solicitation?
A: All awards resulting from this solicitation will be cooperative agreements with one exception. Successful Federal/Federally-Funded Research and Development Center applicants may be awarded through an Interagency Agreement.

Applied Technology Research and Development for Criminal Justice Purposes  

Q: Most of NIJ's solicitations state that "...NIJ is authorized to make grants to, or enter into contracts or cooperative agreements..." Which of these three funding vehicles will be used for the awards resulting from this solicitation?
A: All awards resulting from this solicitation will be cooperative agreements with one exception. Successful Federal/Federally-Funded Research and Development Center applicants may be awarded through an Interagency Agreement.

Establishing a National Criminal Justice Technology Research, Test, and Evaluation Center  

Q: Most of NIJ's solicitations state that "...NIJ is authorized to make grants to, or enter into contracts or cooperative agreements..." Which of these three funding vehicles will be used for the awards resulting from this solicitation?
A: All awards resulting from this solicitation will be cooperative agreements with one exception. Successful Federal/Federally-Funded Research and Development Center applicants may be awarded through an Interagency Agreement.
Q: Should the proposal's abstract reflect, in detail, the nine task plans itemized on pages five and six of the solicitation?
A: The abstract should reflect the applicant's proposal to the degree possible within the 250 to 400 words allotted.

Research and Evaluation on the Impact of Social Media on Policing

Q: Most of NIJ's solicitations state that "...NIJ is authorized to make grants to, or enter into contracts or cooperative agreements..." Which of these three funding vehicles will be used for the awards resulting from this solicitation?
A: All awards resulting from this solicitation will be cooperative agreements with one exception. Successful Federal/Federally-Funded Research and Development Center applicants may be awarded through an Interagency Agreement.
Date Created: September 3, 2013