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Research and Evaluation Initiative

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs
for Research Programs to Combat Abuse

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) - Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)

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04/08/20 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and IHEs to research and identify methods to prevent abuse and provide assistance to victims. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support research programs that align with the following priorities: reducing violent crime against women and promoting victim safety; empowering victims to become survivors; increasing efforts to combat stalking; and addressing the specific challenges that rural communities face in responding to VAWA crimes.

The purpose of the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)'s Research and Evaluation (R&E) Initiative is to research and evaluate approaches to combating domestic/dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. By generating more knowledge about strategies for serving victims and holding offenders accountable, communities that benefit from Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) funding will be better equipped to align their work with practices that are known to be effective, and they will be more capable of generating empirical knowledge on the efficacy of new and promising ways of doing things. R&E is designed to support researcher-practitioner partnerships and a broad range of methods, including qualitative, mixed-method, and quasi-experimental designs.

OVW is interested in funding research and evaluation to contribute to knowledge in the six areas of study listed below. 

  1. Justice: Ways the justice system can effectively pursue and achieve justice in cases involving VAWA crimes. 
  2. Victims’ needs: How victimization and its aftermath affect people’s lives, and what victims need to cope, heal, and achieve safety and justice. 
  3. Cultures, disparities, and access: Ways that cultural differences and social inequalities matter in terms of where and to whom people go for help, and whether people are able to access justice and get services that are useful to them. 
  4. Impact: Short- and long-term impact of the justice system’s response, victim services, and other VAWA-funded interventions on victim safety and offender accountability. 
  5. Indicators of success: What success looks like and how to measure it—for victims pursuing safety and justice, for offenders being held accountable for their violence, and for people who work with victims and offenders. 
  6. Reducing recidivism: How to prevent violence from recurring.

This year, OVW invites applications addressing one or more of the topics listed below. 

  1. Evaluations of VAWA-funded interventions, particularly criminal justice interventions. “VAWA-funded intervention” refers to any activity that is funded, or could potentially be funded, through OVW grant programs to address VAWA crimes. OVW is especially interested in studying the effectiveness of interventions that meet any of the following criteria: a) cut across multiple grant programs; b) are used by law enforcement, prosecutors, and/or courts to combat VAWA crimes; c) involve training criminal justice professionals; d) are a component of a CCR; and/or e) are specifically designed to work in rural areas. 
  2. Evaluation of training curricula, tools, and other technical assistance (TA) resources developed and implemented with OVW grant funds. Note: OVW TA providers can be practitioner partners on R&E applications under this topic, but may not apply to lead an evaluation of their own TA/training. 
  3. Research on stalking and cyberstalking, including descriptive research and evaluations of interventions designed to combat stalking. 
  4. Longitudinal research comparing the effectiveness of transitional housing models for helping victims establish safety and self-sufficiency. Applications proposing research that does not correspond to one of the topics described above will not be considered for FY 2020 R&E funding.

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GrantWatch ID#: 185244

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R&E awards typically are in the range of $300,000 to $450,000.

For topics 1 – 3 (see Topics for Research and Evaluation), applicants can request maximum total project funding of $450,000.

For topic 4 (transitional housing), applicants may design a proposal for up to $1 million.

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Start Date: November 1, 2020

For topics 1 – 3 (see Topics for Research and Evaluation), applicants can request award periods ranging from 12 months to 36 months.

For topic 4 (transitional housing), applicants may request funding to carry out no more than 36 months of the proposal. An award made under this topic area will supply funding for the first 12, 24, or 36 months of the project only. Funds to carry out the remainder of the project, for a maximum duration of 60 months, will be awarded noncompetitively in future years, provided that sufficient funding is available and there are no performance or financial issues to preclude OVW from issuing supplemental funding.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following entities are eligible to apply for R&E Initiative funding:
- States (including territories).
- Units of local government.
- Federally recognized Indian tribal governments.
- Nonprofit organizations.
- Institutions of higher education

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this solicitation

OVW welcomes applications that involve two or more entities; however, one eligible entity must be the applicant and the other(s) must be proposed as the subrecipient(s). The applicant must be the entity with primary responsibility for conducting and leading the research. If successful, the applicant will be responsible for monitoring and appropriately managing any subrecipients or, as applicable, for administering any procurement subcontracts that would receive federal program funds from the applicant under the award.

Foreign governments, foreign organizations, and foreign institutions of higher education are not eligible to apply.

OVW does not fund activities that jeopardize victim safety, deter or prevent physical or emotional healing for victims, or allow offenders to escape responsibility for their actions.

The activities listed below are outside the R&E Initiative’s scope and will not be supported:
Proposals to conduct needs assessment activities exclusively for the purpose of program improvement. (Refer to the OVW research decision tree on page nine of the Solicitation Companion Guide.)
- Proposals primarily to purchase equipment, materials, or supplies. (A budget may include these items if they are necessary to conduct the proposed study.)
- Proposals that are not responsive to this specific solicitation.
- Programs or services unrelated to the scope of the research project or the intervention being evaluated.
- Training in support of programs or direct services unrelated to or, unassociated with, the proposed research project.

OVW will not support research that:
- Prioritizes scientific rigor over practical value or ethics, ethics being broadly defined and not limited to published standards.
- Is minimally useful to practitioners.
- Offers minimal cost-benefit.
- Lacks a clear theoretical foundation.
- Is designed to generate descriptive findings that emphasize vulnerabilities and neglect strengths of specific populations. (For instance, a study that examines risk-taking behavior among members of a certain population, without testing any strategies for serving the target population, is not of value to OVW.)
Applications proposing activities that are substantially out-of-scope may be eliminated from consideration.

Pre-Application Information:

Registration Due: February 28, 2020
Letter of Intent Due: February 28, 2020
Application Due: March 25, 2020

Applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of intent. The letter should state that the applicant is registered and current with SAM and with

Registration: To submit an application, all applicants must obtain a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number and register online with the System for Award Management (SAM) and with If the applicant does not have an EIN, the applicant should allow two to five weeks for obtaining an EIN from the Internal Revenue Service.

To ensure all applicants are able to apply by the deadline for this solicitation, applicants must have obtained a DUNS number and registered online with the SAM and with no later than February 28, 2020.

Applications for this initiative will be submitted through

OVW anticipates notifying applicants of funding decisions before October 1, 2020.

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