Research and Evaluation on Gangs and Gang Violence

Funding Agency:
Department of Justice

NIJ is seeking applications for the funding of research and program evaluation projects that inform efforts to prevent and reduce gang activity, violence, and victimization in the United States. Gangs and gang members are responsible for a large amount of crime and violence in many localities; and are responsible for a disproportionate share in those communities most afflicted by crime and violence. NIJ will support scientifically rigorous research and evaluation projects designed to produce findings with high practical utility for youth and adult gang prevention, intervention, enforcement, or reentry strategies. This solicitation supports the U.S. Department of Justice’s priority to prevent and reduce victimization and the wide range of criminal activities that gangs commit. 

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2019

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Areas of Interest

While NIJ will consider all applications that address these more general purposes, NIJ is particularly interested in applications in the following two areas:

  • Local Impact and Responses to Transnational Gangs
  • Rigorous Evaluations of Well-Developed Anti-Gang Programs and Strategies

Eligibility Requirements

In general, NIJ is authorized to make grants to, or enter into contracts or cooperative agreements with, States (including territories), units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations), institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), and certain qualified individuals. Foreign governments, foreign organizations, and foreign colleges and universities are not eligible to apply.  

Amount Description

NIJ expects to make one or more awards with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $3 million. Successful applicants will be expected to complete the work proposed within a five-year period of performance.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty


Social Sciences

External Deadline

April 29, 2019