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U.S. Department of Justice, OVW seeking Applications for Research and Evaluation Initiative

U.S. Department of Justice, OVW seeking Applications for Research and Evaluation Initiative

Deadline: 25 March 2020

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), component of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), is seeking applications for its Research and Evaluation (R&E) Initiative with an aim to research and evaluate approaches to combating domestic/dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

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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.

Areas of Study

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

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Justice: Ways the justice system can effectively pursue and achieve justice in cases involving VAWA crimes.
Victims’ needs: How victimization and its aftermath affect people’s lives, and what victims need to cope, heal, and achieve safety and justice.
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.
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.
Indicators of success: What success looks like and how to measure it—for victims pursing safety and justice, for offenders being held accountable for their violence, and for people who work with victims and offenders.
Reducing recidivism: How to prevent violence from recurring.
Priority Areas

In FY 2020, OVW is interested in supporting the priority areas:

Reduce violent crime against women and promote victim safety through investing in law enforcement, increasing prosecution, and promoting effective prevention.
Empower victims to become survivors by growing them past their vulnerabilities to a place of self-sufficiency.
Increase efforts to combat stalking.
Address the specific challenges that rural communities face in responding to VAWA crimes.

This year, OVW invites applications addressing one or more of the topics:

Evaluations of VAWA-funded interventions, particularly criminal justice interventions
Evaluation of training curricula, tools, and other technical assistance (TA) resources developed and implemented with OVW grant funds.
Research on stalking and cyberstalking, including descriptive research and evaluations of interventions designed to combat stalking.
Longitudinal research comparing the effectiveness of transitional housing models for helping victims establish safety and self-sufficiency.
Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding: $3,000,000
Award Ceiling: $450,000
Award Floor: $100,000
Eligible Applicants

Sample Proposals
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.
Foreign governments, foreign organizations, and foreign institutions of higher education are not eligible to apply.
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.
Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this solicitation.
Note: Any nonprofit organization that holds money in offshore accounts for the purpose of avoiding paying the tax described in section 511(a) of the Internal Revenue Code is not eligible for a grant from this program. See 34 U.S.C. § 12291(b)(16)(B)(ii).

For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=323693

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