Projects Funded by NIJ Awards

Every year, NIJ awards grants and cooperative agreements for research, development, evaluation, testing and training and technical assistance projects across the spectrum of criminal justice.

We fund projects:

  • In response to competitive solicitations.
  • Under formula award programs (DNA Backlog Reduction Program and the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program[1].
  • As continuations of previously competed awards from past fiscal years.
  • Selected by NIJ and made as non-competitive awards. [2]

There are two primary ways to view lists of projects funded by NIJ [3]​:

  • By solicitation. View a list of solicitations from a specific program or fiscal year. The list includes the number and value of resulting awards. This view is available for projects beginning in fiscal year 2008.
  • By award. View lists of awards from a specific program or fiscal year. For each award, the list includes links to detailed information on each award.

For fiscal year 1995-2003, only basic information on each award is available. [4]


[1] The Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program includes both formula and competitive components. Learn more about the program.

[2] NIJ places a high-priority on transparency and fairness and one of NIJ's guiding principles is that government-funded research must adhere to processes of fair and open competition guided by rigorous peer review. However, there are times when making non-competitive awards is necessary. Read NIJ's Policy on Non-Competitive Awards.

[3] Notes on award data:

  • Th​e data ​are provided by the OJP Grants Management System (GMS).
  • While data going back to fiscal year 1995 are included, for any year prior to fiscal year 2004 the lists may not be complete.
  • Projects funded under grants and cooperative agreements are included. Project funded under contracts and inter-agency agreements are not.
  • The data represent what applicants and program staff entered into GMS at the time of the award.
  • The description covers only the initial intent of the project. The scope and details of a research project may change over the life of the project. Any such changes are not reflected in the database.
  • The data are presented based on the fiscal year in which the award was made. The fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30. For example, fiscal year 2014 starts on October 1, 2013 and ends on September 30, 2014.

[4] Prior to 2004, NIJ did not use the OJP Grants Management System and detailed records for each award are not available electronically.