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Research Into Immigration and Crime

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, IHEs, Agencies, and
Individuals for Research on Crime and Immigration

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

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05/20/19 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories state, local, and tribal governments, nonprofits, for-profit organizations, IHEs, and individuals for research to address the relationship between crime and immigration. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Special consideration may be given to proposals submitted by early career investigators. The ultimate goal of this solicitation is to increase understanding of the relationship between immigration and crime to better inform relevant criminal justice policy, practice, and programs.

With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals for research projects that increase understanding of the relationship between immigration, both legal and illegal, and crime. Applicants should propose research projects that have clear implications for criminal justice policy and practice in the United States. NIJ encourages applicants to submit proposals for innovative approaches to advance the field’s rigor and methodology in understanding the relationship between immigration and crime.

NIJ strongly encourages applicants to propose the most rigorous possible methods for isolating the effects of immigration status on criminality and offending and victimization and how those effects may vary based on subtypes of crimes and subtypes of offenders and victims. These may include the use of new and novel data sources or innovative analytic methods to examine existing data sets or data sources. Applications must describe in detail the sources of data that will be used in the project, the methodology, and analytic plan used to analyze the data, and the limitations of the proposed study. In particular, applications should address the challenges associated with collecting data from illegal residents and how their methodology will account for those challenges.

With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals for funding rigorous research projects that provide meaningful insights into the relationship between immigration and crime. Proposed studies should be properly situated within the existing literature regarding immigration and crime, and should clearly describe how they will build upon, or enhance, existing research.

NIJ is particularly, but not exclusively, interested in funding research on the following topics:

- Comparative studies of criminal activity and victimization between four groups: legal residents; illegal residents who were admitted temporarily and remained past the date they were required to depart; illegal residents who entered the country without inspection; and native-born citizens

- Comparative studies examining how case processing decisions (e.g., deportation or prosecution) regarding illegal residents who come into contact with the criminal justice system may impact criminal activity and victimization

- Studies of the impact of criminal justice policies and programs used for immigration enforcement on criminal activity and victimization

For details on these proposal topics, see the guidelines:

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GrantWatch ID#: 185462

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Number of Grants:

One or more

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award ceiling: $3,000,000

Term of Contract:

Successful applicants will be expected to complete the work proposed within a five-year period of performance.

Applicants should propose an award start date of January 1, 2020.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • 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
  • Single entities
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In general, NIJ is authorized to make grants to, or enter into contracts or cooperative agreements with, States (including territories), units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations), institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), and certain qualified individuals. Foreign governments, foreign organizations, and foreign colleges and universities are not eligible to apply.

All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee.

NIJ welcomes applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (subgrantees).

For New Investigator/Early Career Opportunity qualifications, see:

What will not be funded:

- Applications primarily to purchase equipment, materials, or supplies. (A budget may include these items if they are necessary to conduct research, development, demonstration, evaluation, or analysis.)
- Applications that are not responsive to this specific solicitation.
- Programs or services unrelated to the scope of the project or existing programs or services being evaluated.
- Training in support of programs or direct services unrelated to or associated with the proposed project.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must register with at prior to submitting an application. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 20, 2019.

Registering with is a one-time process; however, processing delays may occur, and it can take several weeks for first-time registrants to receive confirmation of registration and a user password. OJP encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline.

OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date, to allow time for the applicant to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from, and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

Every applicant entity must comply with all applicable SAM and unique entity identifier (currently, a DUNS number) requirements.

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

For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726, 606-545-5035, at, or via email to

For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center: toll-free at 1-800-851-3420: via TTY at 301-240-6310 (hearing impaired only); email; fax to 301-240-5830; or web chat at

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