OVW: Research and Evaluation Solicitation to Combat Domestic Violence in the U.S.

Deadline: 1 March 2017

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), U.S. Department of Justice, is currently seeking applications for its Research and Evaluation Initiative for the fiscal year 2017, to research and evaluate approaches to combatting domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking.

The statutory provisions of VAWA addressing definitions and grant provisions—42 USC 13925(b)(7)(B)—authorize OVW to set aside up to three percent of available funds from OVW programs to conduct evaluations of promising practices or problems emerging in the field or related research, to inform OVW as to which programs or projects are likely to be effective or responsive to needs in the field.

Areas of Study

OVW is interested in funding research and evaluation to generate knowledge in the six areas of study listed below.

  • Victims’ needs. How victimization and its aftermath affect people’s lives, especially people who are marginalized (including but not limited to victims who are: people of color, immigrants, refugees, male, Deaf or hard of hearing, lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT); people with disabilities; elderly; members of cultural, linguistic, and/or religious minority groups; incarcerated or formerly incarcerated; and/or living in poverty); and what they need to cope, heal, and achieve safety and justice
  • Cultures, disparities, and access. Ways that cultural differences and social inequalities matter in terms of where and to whom people go for help, and whether people are able to access justice and get services that are useful to them
  • Justice. Ways the justice system can effectively pursue and achieve justice in cases involving domestic/dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking; with justice broadly understood to include autonomy for victims, accountability for offenders, procedural fairness for all, and restorative justice
  • Impact. Short- and long-term impact of the justice system’s response, victim services, and other VAWA-funded interventions on victim safety and offender accountability
  • Indicators of success. What success looks like and how to measure it—for victims pursing safety and justice, for offenders being held accountable for their violence, and for people who work with victims and offenders
  • Reducing recidivism. How to prevent violence from recurring.

Funding Information

  • All awards are subject to the availability of appropriated funds and any modifications or additional requirements that may be imposed by law. There is no guarantee that funds will be available in the future. Approximately $3 million is available in FY 2017 for awards made under this solicitation. Also, please note that OVW may elect to make awards for applications submitted under this solicitation in future fiscal years.
  • OVW estimates that it will make up to 15 awards, ranging in amount from $100,000 to $400,000. OVW expects that about half of awards made through R&E in FY 2017 will be for projects in the $100,000 to $200,000 range. Award periods can range from a minimum of 12 months to a maximum of 36 months.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible entities for this program are:

  • States (including territories);
  • Units of local government;
  • Federally recognized Indian tribal governments;
  • Nonprofit organizations; and
  • Institutions of higher education.

Foreign governments, foreign organizations, and foreign institutions of higher education are not eligible to apply.

Eligible Country: United States

For more information, please visit Grants.gov.

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