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U.S. Department of Justice: Comprehensive School Safety Initiative

Deadline: May 27, 2016

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking applications for the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative (CSSI). This program furthers the Department’s mission by funding rigorous research to produce practical knowledge that can improve the safety of schools and students. The Initiative is carried out through partnerships between researchers, educators, and other stakeholders, including law enforcement and mental health professionals. Projects funded under the CSSI are designed to produce knowledge that can be applied to schools and school districts across the nation for years to come. The solicitation includes four funding categories with different expectations and requirements to accomplish the purposes of the CSSI:

  • Category 1: Development of Knowledge About What Makes Schools Safe: Supports demonstrations and evaluations of programs, practices, policies, and strategies designed to enhance school and student safety.
  • Category 2: Causes and Consequences of School Violence: Supports research to better understand the potential root causes and related factors that contribute to school violence, as well as the impact and consequences of school violence.
  • Category 3: Shorter Term Studies on School Safety: Applicants should produce research findings with implications for school safety practice and policy with project periods that are no longer than 24 months. Applicants are encouraged to propose early-stage or exploratory research to identify evidence of the promise (or lack thereof) of school safety practices and activities.
  • Category 4: Longitudinal Studies of School Safety: Supports up to three longitudinal studies in separate localities that have high rates of crime and violence. These studies will analyze potential root causes of school violence by examining the interrelationships among factors at the school, family, individual, and community levels. These studies will address those factors that increase the risk of school violence and protective factors that buffer against risk. They will also examine multiple violence outcomes beyond school violence to assess the interconnectedness of multiple forms of violence.

Amount: Varies by category:

  • Category 1: Up to $45,000,000 with awards ranging from $1,000,000-$5,000,000.
  • Category 2: Up to $2,000,000 with awards ranging from $200,000-$1,000,000.
  • Category 3: Up to $3,000,000 with awards ranging from $200,000-$700,000.
  • Category 4: Up to $15,000,000 for three awards of up to $5,000,000 each.

Eligibility: For profit organizations; independent school districts; nonprofit organizations; Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized); public and State controlled institutions of higher education; private institutions of higher education; State governments; county governments; small businesses; individuals; and city or township governments.

Link: http://nij.gov/funding/Documents/solicitations/NIJ-2016-9093.pdf

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