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Grants to USA Nonprofits, IHEs, Agencies, and Tribes
for Research Programs to Combat Abuse

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) - Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)

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05/10/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, IHEs, government agencies, and Tribal governments and organizations to research and identify methods to prevent abuse and provide assistance to victims. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support projects that research and evaluate approaches to combatting domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking (hereafter referred to as "VAWA crimes").

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

  1. Justice: Ways to 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.
  2. Victims’ needs: How victimization and its aftermath affect people’s lives, and what victims need to cope, heal, and achieve safety and justice.
  3. 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.
  4. Impact: Short- and long-term impact of the justice system’s response, victim services, and other VAWAfunded interventions on victim safety and offender accountability.
  5. Indicators of success: What success looks like and how to measure it—for victims pursuing     safety and justice, for offenders being held accountable for their violence, and for people who work with victims and offenders.
  6. Reducing recidivism: How to prevent violence from recurring

Consistent with Areas of Study above, in FY 2021 the Department of Justice is interested in prioritizing projects that promote civil rights and access to justice. These values are also inherent in the grant programs supported by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). OVW encourages applicants to consider and document ways in which their projects can and will promote civil rights (including by meeting the needs of underserved and marginalized survivors), improve access to justice, enhance survivor safety, and hold offenders accountable.

This year, OVW invites applications addressing any of the topics listed below.

  1. Evaluations of VAWA-funded interventions. “VAWA-funded intervention” refers to any activity that is funded, or could potentially be funded, through OVW grant programs to address VAWA crimes. OVW is especially interested in studying the effectiveness of interventions that meet any of the following criteria: a) cut across multiple grant programs; b) involve restorative justice; or c) are used by law enforcement, prosecutors, and/or courts to combat VAWA crimes.
  2. Evaluation of training curricula, tools, and other technical assistance (TA) resources developed and implemented with OVW grant funds. Note: OVW TA providers can be practitioner partners on R&E applications under this topic, but may not apply to lead an evaluation of their own TA/training.
  3. Secondary data analyses. Analyses of existing data sets, undertaken with the objective of providing practitioners and policymakers with knowledge that can inform their efforts to combat domestic/dating violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking. An application under this topic can propose multiple secondary data analyses as distinct sub-projects.
  4. Other research projects. OVW invites research projects that do not align with any of the three topics above, but which will contribute to knowledge to one or more of the Areas of Study. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185244

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Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $450,000
- Award Floor: $100,000

Term of Contract:

Projects can be 12 - 36 months in duration.
Period of Performance Start Date: 11/1/21 12:00 AM


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this solicitation.

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

OVW welcomes applications that involve two or more entities; however, one eligible entity must be the applicant and the other(s) must be proposed as the subrecipient(s). The applicant must be the entity with primary responsibility for conducting and leading the research. If successful, the applicant will be responsible for monitoring and appropriately managing any subrecipients or, as applicable, for administering any procurement subcontracts that would receive federal program funds from the applicant under the award.

OVW does not fund activities that jeopardize victim safety, deter or prevent physical or emotional healing for victims, or allow offenders to escape responsibility for their actions. Applications that propose any such activities may be eliminated from consideration.

Out-of-Scope Activities
The activities listed below are out of the program scope and will not be supported by R&E. See also the list of unallowable costs in the Funding Restrictions section of this solicitation.
1. Proposals to conduct needs assessment activities exclusively for the purpose of program improvement. (Refer to the OVW research decision tree on page nine of the Solicitation Companion Guide.)
2. Proposals primarily to purchase equipment, materials, or supplies. (A budget may include these items if they are necessary to conduct the proposed study.
3. Proposals that are not responsive to this specific solicitation.
4. Programs or services unrelated to the scope of the research project or the intervention being evaluated.
5. Training in support of programs or direct services unrelated to or, unassociated with, the proposed research project.
Applications proposing activities that are substantially out-of-scope will be eliminated from consideration.

Pre-Application Information:

- Deadline: May 10, 2021 11:59 PM
- Application JustGrants Deadline: May 19, 2021 11:59 PM

Applicants are encouraged to submit a non-binding letter of intent by April 30, 2021. Potential applicants that do not submit a letter of intent can still submit an application.

Applications for this program will be submitted through a NEW two-step process: (1) submission of the SF-424 and SF-LLL in; and (2) submission of the full application including attachments in the Justice Grants System (JustGrants). Submit the SF-424 and SF-LLL as early as possible, and no later than 24 hours before the deadline.

OVW anticipates notifying applicants of funding decisions by October 1, 2021.

To submit an application, all applicants must obtain a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number and register online with the System for Award Management (SAM) and with To ensure sufficient time to complete the registration process, applicants must obtain a DUNS number and register online with SAM and with immediately and no later than April 30, 2021. For more information, see

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, email Ginger Baran Lyons ( or Lucy Moran (

For technical assistance with, contact Applicant Support at 1-800-518-4726 or For technical assistance with JustGrants, contact OVW JustGrants Support at 1-866-655-4482 or

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