U.S. Department of Justice: Research and Evaluation on Trafficking in Persons Program in United States

Deadline:  17 March 2017

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding for research and evaluation projects that support and inform federal, state, local and tribal criminal justice agencies and victim service providers to respond to the challenges that trafficking in persons.

This program furthers the Department’s mission by sponsoring research to provide objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet and overcome criminal justice challenges at the state and local levels.

The goal of this research program is to provide a comprehensive and extensive understanding of human trafficking as it occurs in the United States; and to provide federal, state, local, and tribal criminal justice agencies with evidence-based knowledge and tools to address the crime as it occurs in their communities.


  • To produce research studies that will fill gaps in the existing research literature and build on existing work to provide necessary insights in priority areas.
  • To fund research that will provide the empirical basis upon which to formulate and implement policies and programs to address human trafficking in the United States.

Funding Information: NIJ expects to make up to eight (8) awards of up to $1,000,000, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $4,000,000. NIJ expects to make awards for up to 36 month period of performance, to begin on January 1, 2018.

Priority Areas

  • Building knowledge on domestic victims of labor trafficking;
  • Evaluation of the enhanced collaborative model to combat human trafficking;
  • Exploration of housing in human trafficking; and
  • Evaluation of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) mentoring project sites for child victims of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic sex trafficking.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Individuals
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • City or township governments
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • County governments
  • Small businesses
  • State governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)

How to Apply

Interested applicants can access the application package via given website.

Eligible Country: United States

For more information, please visit Research and Evaluation on Trafficking in Persons.

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