DOJ Funding

Department of Justice
Funding Opportunities

Our team has created this page to enhance the pursuit of Department of Justice funding. Use the buttons below to navigate to the funding opportunity hosted by the Department of Justice's grant agencies. If you have questions about specific programs or want to confirm eligibilty just reach out to our research and proposal development team.

  • Funded Examples

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      Our team has received permission from several SHSU faculty members to share components of their previously funded Department of Justice grant proposals. It is our hope that these examples will serve as tools for reference when crafting the design of your own proposal.


      • NIJ - Research and Development in Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes (2021)
        PI: Patrick Buzzini
        Title: Data fusion from infrared, elemental, MSP and Raman analysis techniques to the maximization of the efficiency of the analytical sequence for the forensic examination of paint evidence
      • NIJ - Investigator-Initiated Research and Evaluation of Firearms Violence (2020)
        PI: Jared Dmello
        Title: Gun Wars and Community Terrorization: Investigating Longitudinal Gang Violence in New Jersey from a Networked Perspective
      • NIJ - Research and Development in Forensic Science for Criminal Justice (2019)
        PI: Sibyl Bucheli; Co-PI: Aaron Lynne
        Title: Human Decomposition: Effects of Indoor versus Outdoor Decomposition on the Microbiome of Human Cadavers and Implications for Future Forensic Research
      • NIJ - Research and Development in Forensic Science for Criminal Justice (2017)
        PI: Madeline Swortwood
        Title: Prevalence of Novel Psychoactive Substances in Oral Fluid

  • Standard Required Documents

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      Required Documents
      The following items are critical application elements required to pass Basic Minimum Requirements review. Please note that the specific funding opportunity you are pursuing may require additional documents not listed below or not require one of the documents below. The documents listed below are the documents typically required. Follwing receipt of your Pre-Proposal Notification Form the ORSP Proposal Administrator assigned to assist you will share a full list of required documents tailored to your proposal.

      • Narrative
      • Resubmit Response (if applicable)
      • Proposal Abstract
        Should be 400 words or less and at a minimum explain purpose, primary activities, and expected outcomes
      • Narrative
        We encourage investigators to check out the examples of previously funded DOJ grants from other SHSU researchers
      • Budget & Budget Justification
        Developed by ORSP with significant input from PI
      • Human Subject Form
        Handled by ORSP with input from PI.
      • Research and Evaluation Independence and Integrity
      • Data Archiving
      • Bibliography/References
      • Goals, Objectives, Deliverables and Timeline
      • List of Individuals on project
      • Timeline
      • Letters of collaboration or support (Optional)
      • List of other Agencies this project has been submitted to
        If none then use this template
      • Environmental/NEPA form
      • Privacy certificate
      • Prior NIJ Awards
      • Areas Affected by Project

If you are ready to begin preparring a proposal please fill out the Pre-Proposal Notification (PPN) form.

Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

Office of Justice Programs (OJP) provides innovative leadership to federal, state, local, and tribal justice systems, by disseminating state-of-the art knowledge and practices across America, and providing grants for the implementation of these crime fighting strategies. OJP’s goals are to strengthen partnerships with state, local and tribal stakeholders; ensure integrity of, and respect for, science - including a focus on evidence-based, "smart on crime" approaches in criminal and juvenile justice; and administer OJP’s grant awards process in a fair, accessible and transparent fashion - and, as good stewards of federal funds, manage the grants system in a manner that avoids waste, fraud and abuse.
OJP bureaus and program offices include:

  • Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
  • Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
  • National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
  • Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART)
  • Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)

Check out the NIJ's resource and guidance page for additional templates and examples.

Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) provides federal leadership in developing the national capacity to reduce violence against women and administering justice for, and strengthening services to, victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. OVW administers grant programs to help provide victims with the protection and services they need to pursue safe and healthy lives, while simultaneously enabling communities to hold offenders accountable for their violence.

Office of Community Oriented Policing (COPS)

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) is responsible for advancing the practice of community policing by the nation's state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies through information and grant resources. The COPS Office awards grants to hire community policing professionals, develop and test innovative policing strategies, and provide training and technical assistance to community members, local government leaders, and all levels of law enforcement.