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

Deadline: June 12, 2015

The Comprehensive School Safety Initiative (CSSI) funds 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, behavioral and mental health professionals, courts, and other justice system 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. This solicitation includes four funding categories with different expectations and requirements to accomplish the purposes of the CSSI.

  • Category 1: Developing Knowledge About What Works to Make Schools Safe: The purpose of Category 1 funding is to support demonstrations and evaluations of programs, practices, policies, and strategies designed to enhance school and student safety.
  • Category 2: Causes and Consequences of School Violence: The purpose of Category 2 funding is to support 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: The purpose of Category 3 funding is to produce research findings with implications for school safety practice and policy with project periods that are no longer than 24 months.
  • Category 4: Developing and Evaluating a Comprehensive School Safety Framework: The purpose of Category 4 funding is to support the development and testing of comprehensive approaches to school safety. This funding will support two to three multidisciplinary partnerships that will develop a comprehensive school safety framework, implement that framework within local school districts, and evaluate outcomes and costs.

Partnerships are essential to completing studies on school safety. Educators and other stakeholders within the schools and in the community must work closely with researchers to ask the right questions, prioritize challenges, identify solutions, collect data, and make sense of the findings. No single profession or discipline holds all of the answers to the complex challenges of creating and maintaining safe learning environments for children. NIJ expects applications for CSSI to prominently feature close collaboration and partnerships involving schools, researchers, and others as necessary (e.g., law enforcement behavioral and mental health professionals, courts, criminal and juvenile justice professionals, parents, students) to implement and study the proposed issues and activities related to school and student safety.

Applicants may propose to work with any combination of elementary, middle, or high schools or may choose to focus solely on a single type of school or range of grades.

Amount: Funding amount and term vary by category:

  • For Category 1: NIJ estimates that a total of up to $40 million will become available. NIJ anticipates awards will be made in amounts ranging from $1 million to $5 million with project periods ranging from 24 to 48 months. NIJ expects to make awards in this category in the form of grants.
  • For Category 2: NIJ estimates that a total of up to $6 million will become available. NIJ anticipates awards will be made in amounts up to $2 million with project periods ranging from 24 to 36 months. NIJ expects to make awards in this category in the form of grants.
  • For Category 3: NIJ estimates that a total of up to $4 million will become available. NIJ anticipates awards will be made in amounts ranging from $200,000 to $1 million with project periods ranging from 12 to 24 months. NIJ expects to make awards in this category in the form of grants.
  • For Category 4: NIJ estimates that a total of up to $15 million will become available. NIJ anticipates that it will make two to three awards in amounts up to $7.5 million with project periods ranging from 48 to 60 months. NIJ expects to make awards in this category in the form of cooperative agreements.

Eligibility: County governments; small businesses; public and State controlled institutions of higher education; Native American tribal organizations; nonprofits; for profit organizations; State governments; city or township governments; public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities; individuals; special district governments; independent school districts; private institutions of higher education.

Link: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/sl001161.pdf

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