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ST. PAUL, Minn. May 24, 2017 – The special session of the 2017 Legislature has turned into a circus without a ringmaster and the bills that come out of it will be deeply flawed or explicitly hostile to the interests of Minnesota children and their families, Education Minnesota said Wednesday morning.

We cannot accept the long-term harm to the students of Minnesota and their families that will be caused by the bills moving through the chambers and are asking Gov. Mark Dayton to publicly declare them all dead on arrival and reset the process,” said Denise Specht, president of Education Minnesota. “It’s time to drop the lights on this circus for a while.”

“The Legislature is poised to send the governor a package of bills that would widen achievement gaps, lower the quality of teaching in Minnesota schools, discriminate against immigrants and make life harder for working people,” Specht said. “Minnesotans need time to digest that and decide if it’s really worth it just so one party can pass out the largest tax cut in nearly 20 years.”

“The bills moving in the Legislature mirror the politics of President Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos,” Specht said. “If you marched for women, or rallied for science, or were outraged by the cruelty of Trumpcare – you need to pay attention to St. Paul and get involved.”

Specht also made specific comments Wednesday morning about provisions in the education bill, which passed the Minnesota House but had not yet reached the Senate.

Licensure: 

Under the new system for teacher licensure proposed in the education bill, people with no formal training in education will be able to spend a career in the classroom. Further, the bill creates a separate standard for rural schools and schools with high levels of racial diversity than for mostly white suburban schools.

“The high standards behind a Minnesota teaching license define us as professionals. When you cheapen the value of that license, you devalue each of us and the work we do for students in every community in Minnesota,” Specht said. “Right now, it feels like the Legislature just took those hard-earned licenses off the classroom wall and spit on them. We won’t forget this.”

Funding:

The session began with a $1.6 billion surplus and finished with an only inflationary increase in the main education formula, which won’t make up for losses in previous years, and there is no additional money to pay for the exploding costs of special education. Further, significant cuts at local districts may be necessary because of the enormous reductions in President Trump’s new budget.

“Local taxpayers will be on the hook for the shocking cuts in Trump’s budget – including reductions to career and technical education, special education and after-school programs,” Specht said. “It is like a super-sized version of the Legislature’s agenda. The schools and services everyday families need are going to take a beating so the politicians can pass out more tax breaks to people and corporations who don’t really need them.”

Teacher shortage:

The teacher shortage in Minnesota has been well documented. Too few young people are choosing to go into teaching and too many fully trained teachers are leaving the profession before retirement. The problem is approaching a crisis in some districts, but rather than address the problems the Legislature probably made them worse.

“Minnesota teachers are exhausted. They are stretched too thin by the lack of counselors and other support staff, demoralized by excessive testing, going broke paying their student loans and aggravated by redundant paperwork,” Specht said. “So what did the legislative leaders do? They threatened to increase the teacher’s cost of health insurance, ignored their pension issues and tried to siphon off state funding to a voucher program. Is it any wonder teachers are quitting?” 

Due process protections:

Minnesota educators have had the option of negotiating with their administrators for a local system of layoffs for many years. If the two sides failed to create a local system, the default policy in state statute is based on seniority and licensure area. The 2017 education bill removes the default language and directs districts to negotiate all local polices. 

“There’s nothing in this bill preventing districts from carrying existing polices forward, and we expect most districts will do so,” Specht said. “The more concerning aspect of the law is the way it targets a policy designed to protect teachers from arbitrary and discriminatory layoffs. We expect similar attacks until school boards are able to get rid of any educator brave enough to speak up for what students need, because those students never need new loopholes in the tax code, or lower wages and less sick leave for their parents, or to lose their health insurance, or any other part of an agenda that puts corporate interests first.”

About Education Minnesota

Education Minnesota is the voice for professional educators and students. Education Minnesota’s members include teachers and education support professionals in Minnesota’s public school districts, faculty members at Minnesota’s community and technical colleges and University of Minnesota campuses in Duluth and Crookston, retired educators and student teachers. Education Minnesota is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and AFL-CIO.

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Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories: Resources and Services, 2014

Andrea M. Burch, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Matthew R. Durose, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Kelly A. Walsh, Emily Tiry, Urban Institute

November 22, 2016    NCJ 250151

Presents data on the resources and services of state, county, municipal, and federal forensic crime laboratories operating in the United States during 2014 and compares findings with census data from previous years. This report describes crime lab functions, budgets, personnel, outsourcing, and workload, including the number and types of forensic services received, completed, and backlogged. Findings are based on data from BJS’s 2014 Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories. See also Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories: Quality Assurance Practices, 2014.

Highlights:

  • The nation’s 409 publicly funded crime labs received an estimated 3.8 million forensic requests in 2014 and completed 3.6 million requests that year (which included requests received prior to 2014). „„
  • At the end of 2014, U.S. crime labs had an estimated backlog of 570,100 requests for forensic servicesa decline from 895,500 backlogged requests at yearend 2009. „„
  • DNA database samples from convicted offenders and arrestees made up 39% of requests to federal labs, 36% of state labs, and less than 5% of requests to county and municipal labs.
  • Thirty-eight percent of publicly funded crime labs outsourced one or more types of forensic services during 2014. „„
  • Publicly funded crime labs employed 14,300 full-time personnel in 2014.
  • „„ The combined operating budgets for publicly funded crime labs in 2014 was $1.7 billion. „„

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Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories: Resources and Services, 2014

Andrea M. Burch, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Matthew R. Durose, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Kelly A. Walsh, Emily Tiry, Urban Institute

November 22, 2016    NCJ 250151

Presents data on the resources and services of state, county, municipal, and federal forensic crime laboratories operating in the United States during 2014 and compares findings with census data from previous years. This report describes crime lab functions, budgets, personnel, outsourcing, and workload, including the number and types of forensic services received, completed, and backlogged. Findings are based on data from BJS’s 2014 Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories. See also Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories: Quality Assurance Practices, 2014.

Highlights:

  • The nation’s 409 publicly funded crime labs received an estimated 3.8 million forensic requests in 2014 and completed 3.6 million requests that year (which included requests received prior to 2014). „„
  • At the end of 2014, U.S. crime labs had an estimated backlog of 570,100 requests for forensic servicesa decline from 895,500 backlogged requests at yearend 2009. „„
  • DNA database samples from convicted offenders and arrestees made up 39% of requests to federal labs, 36% of state labs, and less than 5% of requests to county and municipal labs.
  • Thirty-eight percent of publicly funded crime labs outsourced one or more types of forensic services during 2014. „„
  • Publicly funded crime labs employed 14,300 full-time personnel in 2014.
  • „„ The combined operating budgets for publicly funded crime labs in 2014 was $1.7 billion. „„

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Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories: Quality Assurance Practices, 2014

Andrea M. Burch, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Matthew R. Durose, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Kelly A. Walsh, Emily Tiry, Urban Institute

November 22, 2016    NCJ 250152

Presents data on the quality assurance practices of state, county, municipal, and federal forensic crime laboratories operating in the United States during 2014 and compares findings with census data from previous years. This report includes data on crime lab accreditation, employee proficiency testing, written standards for performance expectations, codes of ethics, externally certified personnel, and resources dedicated to research. Findings are based on data from BJS’s 2014 Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories (CPFFCL). See also Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories: Resources and Services, 2014.

Highlights:

  • In 2014, 88% of the nation’s 409 crime labs were accredited by a professional organization, up from 70% in 2002.
  • As in previous CPFFCL years, nearly all (98%) crime labs conducted proficiency testing in 2014.
  • Seventy-five percent of crime labs had written standards for employee performance expectations in 2014.
  • In 2014, 94% of crime labs maintained a written code of ethics.
  • A larger proportion of crime labs employed at least one externally certified analyst in 2014 (72%) than in 2009 (60%).
  • The proportion of crime labs that dedicated resources to research doubled from 7% in 2009 to 14% in 2014.

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Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories: Quality Assurance Practices, 2014

Andrea M. Burch, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Matthew R. Durose, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Kelly A. Walsh, Emily Tiry, Urban Institute

November 22, 2016    NCJ 250152

Presents data on the quality assurance practices of state, county, municipal, and federal forensic crime laboratories operating in the United States during 2014 and compares findings with census data from previous years. This report includes data on crime lab accreditation, employee proficiency testing, written standards for performance expectations, codes of ethics, externally certified personnel, and resources dedicated to research. Findings are based on data from BJS’s 2014 Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories (CPFFCL). See also Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories: Resources and Services, 2014.

Highlights:

  • In 2014, 88% of the nation’s 409 crime labs were accredited by a professional organization, up from 70% in 2002.
  • As in previous CPFFCL years, nearly all (98%) crime labs conducted proficiency testing in 2014.
  • Seventy-five percent of crime labs had written standards for employee performance expectations in 2014.
  • In 2014, 94% of crime labs maintained a written code of ethics.
  • A larger proportion of crime labs employed at least one externally certified analyst in 2014 (72%) than in 2009 (60%).
  • The proportion of crime labs that dedicated resources to research doubled from 7% in 2009 to 14% in 2014.

Part of the Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories Series

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  • BJS-2017-11621
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is publishing this notice to announce the continuation of the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) in fiscal year (FY) 2017, identify the program priorities, and provide information on application requirements.

    The NCHIP grant program aims to improve the nation’s safety and security by enhancing the quality, completeness, and accessibility of criminal history record information and by ensuring the nationwide implementation of criminal justice and noncriminal justice background check systems.

    Deadline: Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. All applications are due 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 5, 2017.

    Eligibility: The NCHIP application must be submitted by the agency designated by the governor to administer the NCHIP program or a federally recognized Indian tribe. States and tribes may choose to submit applications as part of a multi-state consortium, multi-tribe consortium, or other entity.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Devon B. Adams, Chief, Criminal Justice Data Improvement Program, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include “NCHIP17” in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 313K)

  • BJS-2017-11590
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is publishing this notice to announce the continuation of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP) in fiscal year (FY) 2017, identify the program priorities, and provide information on application requirements.

    The NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007, Pub. L. 110-180 (NIAA or the Act), was signed into law on January 8, 2008, in the wake of the April 2007 shooting tragedy at Virginia Tech. The Virginia Tech shooter was able to purchase firearms from a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) because information about his prohibiting mental health history was not available to the NICS, and the system was therefore unable to deny the transfer of the firearms used in the shootings. The NIAA seeks to address the gap in information available to NICS about such prohibiting mental health adjudications and commitments, and other prohibiting factors. Filling these information gaps will better enable the system to operate as intended to keep guns out of the hands of persons prohibited by federal or state law from receiving or possessing firearms. The automation of records will also reduce delays for law-abiding persons to purchase firearms.

    Deadline: Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 19, 2017.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are limited to (a) the agency designated by the Governor to administer the NARIP, (b) the state or territory central administrative office or similar entity designated by statute or regulation to administer federal grant funds on behalf of the jurisdiction’s court system, or (c) federally recognized Indian tribal governments as determined by the Secretary of the Interior.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Devon B. Adams, Chief, Criminal Justice Data Improvement Program, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include “NARIP17” in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 293K)

  • BJS-2017-11861
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking applications to fund one or more BJS visiting fellows to work in its Criminal Justice Statistics Programs. The purpose of this program is to address substantive, methodological, and analytic issues to enhance or inform BJS statistical programs; support the scholarly use of BJS data collections; and expand the body of policy-relevant research that uses these data to further knowledge about and understanding of the operation of the criminal justice system.

    Deadline: Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 4, 2017.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are individuals who have a nationally recognized research portfolio and considerable expertise in their area of proposed research. They should be willing to commit a substantial portion of their time over at least a 12-month period to undertake analyses of BJS data or statistical programs and produce at least one publishable-quality report summarizing their analysis.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Gerard F. Ramker, Deputy Director, BJS, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include “2017VFCJSP” in the subject line.

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  • BJS-2017-11460
    Temporarily suspended for revision.

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Data collection and processing

BJS maintains nearly three dozen major statistical series designed to cover each stage of the criminal justice system. A description of the various BJS data series can be found under the topical references on the BJS home page. The U.S. Census Bureau carries out the majority of BJS’s data collection activities. However, BJS conducts several statistical programs for which other non-profit organizations serve as BJS data collection agents. BJS periodically announces solicitations for these programs in the Federal Register and current solicitations are listed at the top of this page.

Statistical and methodological research

BJS conducts, supports, and implements methodological research and initiatives designed to improve the quality of justice statistics, records, and information systems.

BJS, in partnership with the American Statistical Association (ASA), sponsors research projects designed to foster improvements in the methods used to obtain, analyze, and report national-level data on crime and criminal justice. Each year, new topics for methodological research are identified by BJS and ASA. Solicitations for new research projects are announced each year in February and October.

The BJS Visiting Fellows Program promotes criminal justice statistical research among the academic and professional justice community. Visiting Fellows participate in a specifically designed research project of particular operational relevance to the national or international justice system. The program offers criminal justice researchers an opportunity to have a significant impact on specific BJS projects as well as a chance to examine innovative approaches to the analysis and dissemination of BJS data.

Assistance to state, local, and tribal governments

National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) provides financial and technical support to states in improving the accuracy, utility, and interstate accessibility of criminal history records and enhancing records of protective orders involving domestic violence and stalking, sex offender records, automated identification systems, and other state systems supporting national records systems and their use for background checks.

State Justice Statistics (SJS) Program for Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) offers technical and financial support to states to establish and maintain a state-level capacity to collect, analyze, and report statistics on crime and justice in order to contribute to effective state policies and programs and to participate in national data series. Through the creation of SACs, BJS encourages analyses of evolving criminal justice topics of interest within the state using data gathered from state and local agencies and promotes statistical inquiries into improved measures of crime incidence and prevalence.

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National Survey of Victim Service Providers (NSVSP)

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Current Solicitations

  • BJS-2017-11621
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is publishing this notice to announce the continuation of the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) in fiscal year (FY) 2017, identify the program priorities, and provide information on application requirements.

    The NCHIP grant program aims to improve the nation’s safety and security by enhancing the quality, completeness, and accessibility of criminal history record information and by ensuring the nationwide implementation of criminal justice and noncriminal justice background check systems.

    Deadline: Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. All applications are due 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 5, 2017.

    Eligibility: The NCHIP application must be submitted by the agency designated by the governor to administer the NCHIP program or a federally recognized Indian tribe. States and tribes may choose to submit applications as part of a multi-state consortium, multi-tribe consortium, or other entity.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Devon B. Adams, Chief, Criminal Justice Data Improvement Program, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include “NCHIP17” in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 313K)

  • BJS-2017-11590
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is publishing this notice to announce the continuation of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP) in fiscal year (FY) 2017, identify the program priorities, and provide information on application requirements.

    The NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007, Pub. L. 110-180 (NIAA or the Act), was signed into law on January 8, 2008, in the wake of the April 2007 shooting tragedy at Virginia Tech. The Virginia Tech shooter was able to purchase firearms from a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) because information about his prohibiting mental health history was not available to the NICS, and the system was therefore unable to deny the transfer of the firearms used in the shootings. The NIAA seeks to address the gap in information available to NICS about such prohibiting mental health adjudications and commitments, and other prohibiting factors. Filling these information gaps will better enable the system to operate as intended to keep guns out of the hands of persons prohibited by federal or state law from receiving or possessing firearms. The automation of records will also reduce delays for law-abiding persons to purchase firearms.

    Deadline: Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 19, 2017.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are limited to (a) the agency designated by the Governor to administer the NARIP, (b) the state or territory central administrative office or similar entity designated by statute or regulation to administer federal grant funds on behalf of the jurisdiction’s court system, or (c) federally recognized Indian tribal governments as determined by the Secretary of the Interior.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Devon B. Adams, Chief, Criminal Justice Data Improvement Program, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include “NARIP17” in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 293K)

  • BJS-2017-11861
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking applications to fund one or more BJS visiting fellows to work in its Criminal Justice Statistics Programs. The purpose of this program is to address substantive, methodological, and analytic issues to enhance or inform BJS statistical programs; support the scholarly use of BJS data collections; and expand the body of policy-relevant research that uses these data to further knowledge about and understanding of the operation of the criminal justice system.

    Deadline: Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 4, 2017.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are individuals who have a nationally recognized research portfolio and considerable expertise in their area of proposed research. They should be willing to commit a substantial portion of their time over at least a 12-month period to undertake analyses of BJS data or statistical programs and produce at least one publishable-quality report summarizing their analysis.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Gerard F. Ramker, Deputy Director, BJS, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include “2017VFCJSP” in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 175K)

  • BJS-2017-11460
    Temporarily suspended for revision.

    Deadline:

    Eligibility:

    Contact Information:


Previous solicitations and announcements

2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998 | 1997


Applications and forms

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) requires that applications for funding be submitted through the OJP Grants Management System (GMS).

Applicants for financial assistance from BJS should also review:


BJS funding programs

Criminal justice statistics programs | Assistance to state, local, and tribal governments | IPA Mobility Program

Criminal justice statistics programs

Data collection and processing

BJS maintains nearly three dozen major statistical series designed to cover each stage of the criminal justice system. A description of the various BJS data series can be found under the topical references on the BJS home page. The U.S. Census Bureau carries out the majority of BJS’s data collection activities. However, BJS conducts several statistical programs for which other non-profit organizations serve as BJS data collection agents. BJS periodically announces solicitations for these programs in the Federal Register and current solicitations are listed at the top of this page.

Statistical and methodological research

BJS conducts, supports, and implements methodological research and initiatives designed to improve the quality of justice statistics, records, and information systems.

BJS, in partnership with the American Statistical Association (ASA), sponsors research projects designed to foster improvements in the methods used to obtain, analyze, and report national-level data on crime and criminal justice. Each year, new topics for methodological research are identified by BJS and ASA. Solicitations for new research projects are announced each year in February and October.

The BJS Visiting Fellows Program promotes criminal justice statistical research among the academic and professional justice community. Visiting Fellows participate in a specifically designed research project of particular operational relevance to the national or international justice system. The program offers criminal justice researchers an opportunity to have a significant impact on specific BJS projects as well as a chance to examine innovative approaches to the analysis and dissemination of BJS data.

Assistance to state, local, and tribal governments

National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) provides financial and technical support to states in improving the accuracy, utility, and interstate accessibility of criminal history records and enhancing records of protective orders involving domestic violence and stalking, sex offender records, automated identification systems, and other state systems supporting national records systems and their use for background checks.

State Justice Statistics (SJS) Program for Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) offers technical and financial support to states to establish and maintain a state-level capacity to collect, analyze, and report statistics on crime and justice in order to contribute to effective state policies and programs and to participate in national data series. Through the creation of SACs, BJS encourages analyses of evolving criminal justice topics of interest within the state using data gathered from state and local agencies and promotes statistical inquiries into improved measures of crime incidence and prevalence.

Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Mobility Program

National Survey of Victim Service Providers (NSVSP)

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Current Solicitations

  • BJS-2017-11621
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is publishing this notice to announce the continuation of the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) in fiscal year (FY) 2017, identify the program priorities, and provide information on application requirements.

    The NCHIP grant program aims to improve the nation’s safety and security by enhancing the quality, completeness, and accessibility of criminal history record information and by ensuring the nationwide implementation of criminal justice and noncriminal justice background check systems.

    Deadline: Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. All applications are due 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 5, 2017.

    Eligibility: The NCHIP application must be submitted by the agency designated by the governor to administer the NCHIP program or a federally recognized Indian tribe. States and tribes may choose to submit applications as part of a multi-state consortium, multi-tribe consortium, or other entity.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Devon B. Adams, Chief, Criminal Justice Data Improvement Program, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include “NCHIP17” in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 313K)

  • BJS-2017-11590
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is publishing this notice to announce the continuation of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP) in fiscal year (FY) 2017, identify the program priorities, and provide information on application requirements.

    The NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007, Pub. L. 110-180 (NIAA or the Act), was signed into law on January 8, 2008, in the wake of the April 2007 shooting tragedy at Virginia Tech. The Virginia Tech shooter was able to purchase firearms from a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) because information about his prohibiting mental health history was not available to the NICS, and the system was therefore unable to deny the transfer of the firearms used in the shootings. The NIAA seeks to address the gap in information available to NICS about such prohibiting mental health adjudications and commitments, and other prohibiting factors. Filling these information gaps will better enable the system to operate as intended to keep guns out of the hands of persons prohibited by federal or state law from receiving or possessing firearms. The automation of records will also reduce delays for law-abiding persons to purchase firearms.

    Deadline: Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 19, 2017.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are limited to (a) the agency designated by the Governor to administer the NARIP, (b) the state or territory central administrative office or similar entity designated by statute or regulation to administer federal grant funds on behalf of the jurisdiction’s court system, or (c) federally recognized Indian tribal governments as determined by the Secretary of the Interior.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Devon B. Adams, Chief, Criminal Justice Data Improvement Program, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include “NARIP17” in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 293K)

  • BJS-2017-11861
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking applications to fund one or more BJS visiting fellows to work in its Criminal Justice Statistics Programs. The purpose of this program is to address substantive, methodological, and analytic issues to enhance or inform BJS statistical programs; support the scholarly use of BJS data collections; and expand the body of policy-relevant research that uses these data to further knowledge about and understanding of the operation of the criminal justice system.

    Deadline: Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 4, 2017.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are individuals who have a nationally recognized research portfolio and considerable expertise in their area of proposed research. They should be willing to commit a substantial portion of their time over at least a 12-month period to undertake analyses of BJS data or statistical programs and produce at least one publishable-quality report summarizing their analysis.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Gerard F. Ramker, Deputy Director, BJS, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include “2017VFCJSP” in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 175K)

  • BJS-2017-11460
    Temporarily suspended for revision.

    Deadline:

    Eligibility:

    Contact Information:


Previous solicitations and announcements

2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998 | 1997


Applications and forms

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) requires that applications for funding be submitted through the OJP Grants Management System (GMS).

Applicants for financial assistance from BJS should also review:


BJS funding programs

Criminal justice statistics programs | Assistance to state, local, and tribal governments | IPA Mobility Program

Criminal justice statistics programs

Data collection and processing

BJS maintains nearly three dozen major statistical series designed to cover each stage of the criminal justice system. A description of the various BJS data series can be found under the topical references on the BJS home page. The U.S. Census Bureau carries out the majority of BJS’s data collection activities. However, BJS conducts several statistical programs for which other non-profit organizations serve as BJS data collection agents. BJS periodically announces solicitations for these programs in the Federal Register and current solicitations are listed at the top of this page.

Statistical and methodological research

BJS conducts, supports, and implements methodological research and initiatives designed to improve the quality of justice statistics, records, and information systems.

BJS, in partnership with the American Statistical Association (ASA), sponsors research projects designed to foster improvements in the methods used to obtain, analyze, and report national-level data on crime and criminal justice. Each year, new topics for methodological research are identified by BJS and ASA. Solicitations for new research projects are announced each year in February and October.

The BJS Visiting Fellows Program promotes criminal justice statistical research among the academic and professional justice community. Visiting Fellows participate in a specifically designed research project of particular operational relevance to the national or international justice system. The program offers criminal justice researchers an opportunity to have a significant impact on specific BJS projects as well as a chance to examine innovative approaches to the analysis and dissemination of BJS data.

Assistance to state, local, and tribal governments

National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) provides financial and technical support to states in improving the accuracy, utility, and interstate accessibility of criminal history records and enhancing records of protective orders involving domestic violence and stalking, sex offender records, automated identification systems, and other state systems supporting national records systems and their use for background checks.

State Justice Statistics (SJS) Program for Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) offers technical and financial support to states to establish and maintain a state-level capacity to collect, analyze, and report statistics on crime and justice in order to contribute to effective state policies and programs and to participate in national data series. Through the creation of SACs, BJS encourages analyses of evolving criminal justice topics of interest within the state using data gathered from state and local agencies and promotes statistical inquiries into improved measures of crime incidence and prevalence.

Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Mobility Program