Eradicating Racial and Ethnic Inequality in the Justice System

The National Institute of Justice is launching the W.E.B. Du Bois Program, which is offering grants to eligible applicants and encouraging a diverse group of applicants, including women and people of color, to increase perspectives offered in research. The program’s goal is to help create a fair and effective judicial system in he United States and protect civil rights, support victims of crime, protect the citizens of America and create a better relationship between law enforcement and the public.




City or township governments, County governments, For profit organizations, Independent school districts, Native American tribal governments, Nonprofits (other than institutions of higher education), Private institutions of higher education, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, Small businesses, Special district governments, State governments, and others


5 years

APPLICATION DUE Deadline: December 30, 2021, 11:59 pm Eastern
Application JustGrants Deadline: January 13, 2022, 11:59 pm Eastern


On or before September 30th


July 1st, 2022 at 12:00 a.m. EST

For more information, visit the grant page or view the document attached to the bottom of this page.

Graduate Research Fellowship, Fiscal Year 2020

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding innovative doctoral dissertation research that is relevant to preventing and controlling crime, and ensuring the fair and impartial administration of criminal justice in the United States.

This program furthers the Department’s mission by increasing the pool of researchers who are engaged in providing science-based solutions to problems relevant to criminal and juvenile justice policy and practice in the United States. This integrates into a single solicitation for two previously separate fellowship solicitations in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and Social and Behavior Sciences (SBS). This solicitation incorporates the OJP Grant Application Resource Guide by reference. The OJP Grant Application Resource Guide provides guidance to applicants on how to prepare and submit applications for funding to OJP. If this solicitation expressly modifies any provision in the OJP Grant Application Resource Guide, the applicant is to follow the guidelines in this solicitation as to that provision.

The Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) program provides grants to accredited academic institutions to support outstanding doctoral students whose dissertation research is relevant to criminal justice. Applicant academic institutions are eligible to apply if the student is currently enrolled in a PhD program and their proposed dissertation research has demonstrable relevance to preventing and controlling crime and/or ensuring the fair and impartial administration of criminal justice in the United States. Awards are anticipated to be made to successful applicant institutions in the form of grants to cover fellowships for the sponsored doctoral students. Awards are made for up to 3 years of support usable over a 5-year period. For each year of support, NIJ provides the institution with $35,000 for Salary and Fringe, up to $12,000 in Cost of Education Allowance, and up to $3,000 in Research Expenses.

21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC)

The 21st Century Community Learning Center’s (CLCC) program provides opportunities for children who come from economically disadvantaged families and attend low performing schools to receive academic supports. School districts, schools, community based organizations, including faith-based organizations, institutions of higher education, city or county government agencies, for-profit corporations and other public or private entities are eligible for CCLC grants.

The Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Improvement and Innovation administers the CLCC grant program. This federally funded program supports high-quality, out-of-school time learning opportunities and related activities for students who attend eligible schools. Recent flexibility from the U.S. Department of Education allows 21st Century funds to be used for expanded learning time programming during the school day, week or year in addition to out-of-school time.

The deadline for all Fiscal Year 2021 21st Century Community Learning Center applications is April 24, 2020, at 5 pm.
The U.S. Department of Education annually provides 21st Century funds to states to support activities pursuant to implementing expanded learning time and out-of-school time that clearly align academic services to the identified needs of students and state academic standards. Funding for this grant is contingent upon the Department’s receipt of federal funding.
Grant application period: Monday, March 2, 2020, at 8 am through Friday, April 24, 2020, at 5 pm.
Submission of grant application: Applicants must submit applications through the Comprehensive Continuous Improvement Plan (CCIP), the Department’s grants application system. No extensions will be permitted once the CCIP closes. The superintendent/CCIP authorized representative of the submitting organization must give final approval of the application in the CCIP prior to the deadline. 

New Funding Opportunity: Research and Evaluation on School Safety

This solicitation seeks applications for funding to study the root causes of school violence and evaluate the effectiveness of projects funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) or by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) under the STOP School Violence Act. NIJ anticipates that at least $2 million will be available to support this solicitation, with the potential for additional funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). For more information and to download the RFP click HERE.

The solicitation seeks applications for funding to conduct research to

  1. Examine the root causes of school violence.
  2. Evaluate the effectiveness of the approaches to stopping school violence found in the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services FY 2018 or FY 2019 STOP School Violence Act solicitations.
  3. Research on the perspectives of STOP School Violence Act solicitations.