Survey of Prison Inmates Statistical Support Center (SPISSC)

Funding Agency:
Department of Justice

The Bureau of Justice Statistics' (BJS) Survey of Prison Inmates (SPI), formerly known as the Survey of Inmates in State and Federal Correctional Facilities, collects and analyzes data from state and federal prisoners and produces national statistics of the U.S. prison population. BJS is seeking an agent to implement the Survey of Prison Inmates Statistical Support Center (SPISSC) project. The SPISSC will provide scientific and technical support for statistical and methodological research, statistical analyses, data linkage, documentation, and dissemination services in support of the SPI. It will also enhance the utility and relevance of BJS’s statistical reporting program from the SPI and other federal sources of data that complement the SPI; increase the use of SPI data by various stakeholders, including by researchers to focus on key challenges in the correctional field and strategies for dealing with them; and provide nonstatistical audiences with translational products to increase the use of these statistics by the larger community of stakeholders and practitioners. The SPISSC will assist BJS in expanding its capacity to analyze SPI data and leverage administrative records to supplement the survey data, document the analyses and expand on the survey documentation, and increase the understanding and use of the SPI data by the broader research and stakeholder communities, therefore increasing the breadth of substantive issues that the SPI addresses. 

 Only one application per lead applicant will be considered; however, a subrecipient may be part of multiple proposals.

  • Duke Internal Deadline: May 23, 2016
  • Sponsor Deadline: June 10, 2016

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants are national, regional, state, or local public and private entities, including forprofit (commercial) and nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations), faith-based and community organizations, institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), federally recognized Indian tribal governments as determined by the Secretary of the Interior, and units of local government that support initiatives to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system. For-profit organizations must agree to forgo any profit or management fee.



Amount Description

BJS estimates that it will make one award for this 5-year period, which will begin on October 1, 2016, and end on September 30, 2021. The award for the initial 12-month period (fiscal year 2016) will not exceed $1 million. Applicants should submit separate annual budgets for fiscal years 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020, and one summary 5-year budget (not to exceed $4 million). 

Funding Type





Social Sciences

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

* A letter of support from dean/chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
* Project summary - 2 to 4 pages
* CV of project leader

Applicants will need to submit internal materials through My Research Proposal.

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: Instructions_FINAL.pdf

Internal Deadline

May 23, 2016

External Deadline

June 10, 2016