U.S. Department of Justice: Supporting Innovation – Field-Initiated Programs to Improve Officer and Public Safety

Deadline: 30 July 2018

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for funding to support innovative field-driven projects to address current critical officer and public safety issues.

To further the Administration’s commitment to locally-driven public safety solutions and to being responsive to critical emerging issues, BJA is seeking applications for Supporting Innovation: Field-Initiated Programs to Improve Officer and Public Safety. BJA has created this program to launch a robust and creative grant funding stream for the field. Supporting Innovation invites applicants to develop and test solutions that will improve officer and public safety and save lives. Lessons learned from these projects can serve as models for the nation’s criminal justice system regarding reducing violent crime, including violent crime related to tribes and tribal members, and addressing the nation’s opioid epidemic.


  • Category 1: State, Local, and/or Tribal Innovations
    • Projects funded under Category 1 will be site-based and will support the creation and implementation of strategies in the field at the state, local, or tribal level that address violent crime and improving officer and public safety
  • Category 2: National or Regional Resources
    • Projects funded under Category 2 will support developing targeted national or regional strategies that advance innovative approaches with the potential to address a critical need or gap in the field, consistent with the overall objectives of the solicitation. These large scale projects must document how they will be used to benefit the field by offering assessments, tools, products, or research or evaluation results that will facilitate implementation or replication on a national scale. Regional projects must be designed as a model that is specific to a regional need, or could be implemented effectively regionally and replicated elsewhere.

Funding Information

Categories 1 and 2: Across both categories, BJA expects to make up to 13 awards of up to $500,000, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $6,150,000. BJA expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Category 1: Eligible applicants are limited to state and local government agencies (including territories), nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations), and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior).
  • Category 2: Eligible applicants are limited to nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit or for-profit organizations), institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), faith-based organizations, and consortium with demonstrated experience in addressing public safety challenges. This includes, but is not limited to, entities active in prevention, enforcement, prosecution, and intervention strategies.

How to Apply

Applicants must register in and submit applications via given website.

For more information, please visit Grants.gov.

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