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Fiscal Year 2019


FY 2019 DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program (Formula)

Q: Does NIJ allow the purchase of Rapid DNA systems under the FBI Modified Rapid DNA Protocol for analysis even though that protocol requires lab validation?
Rapid DNA systems to be purchased for use under the FBI Modified Rapid DNA analysis protocol, including personnel, validation, and supply costs, are allowable under the FY2019 DNA CEBR Program.

Graduate Research Fellowship in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

Q: Can I wait to accept funding until I become a Ph.D. candidate instead of waiting to apply for another year. I do not expect to reach candidacy until Summer 2020 and the funding would typically begin on 1/1/20.
A: An applicant may apply in FY19 but will not be able to receive funds until they have advanced to candidacy. Please ensure that the expected date for candidacy is clearly stated in the project timeline.
Q: How would a Ph.D. student graduating in Spring 2020 apply for funding? Would I only be eligible for 4 months of funding?
A: Yes, the prospective applicant will only be eligible for funding as long as they are actively working on their dissertation.

Research and Evaluation on Violence Against Women: Sexual Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking, and Teen Dating Violence

Q: I specifically would like to submit a proposal to conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis of research on the effects of campus sexual assault prevention programs. First, I would like to inquire as to whether meta-analyses are eligible for funding under this specific NIJ opportunity?
A: Meta-analyses are eligible for funding under this specific NIJ opportunity.

Evaluation of Services for Victims of Crime

Q: There seems to be a discrepancy where page 4 &5 of the solicitation states "not to exceed a 24-month performance period" but page 8 states "Awards will not exceed a three-year period of performance."
A: The expectation is that an applicant’s timelines/milestones and budget will reflect completion of the formative evaluation and evaluability assessment within 24-months. The additional 12-months allows for contingencies and necessary administrative actions to close out the award.

Research and Evaluation on Trafficking in Persons

Q: The description of the third research area listed (Building knowledge of the grooming process of traffickers) is very limited. Would NIJ accept a small qualitative study?
NIJ aims to fund rigorous science and research methods to appropriately answer the research questions at hand. For some areas of research, that may be newer, more exploratory methods may be needed. We expect that applicants are able to justify the methods and scale of their projects, based on the research questions proposed and prior empirical research that has been conducted in the space.

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Date Modified: April 30, 2019