Research on Bias Crimes

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Research on Bias Crimes

  • Research on Bias Crimes
  • Discretionary
  • Grant
  • Law, Justice and Legal Services
  • The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice
  • $1,000,000
  • $1,000,000
  • $0
  • 2


NIJ is seeking research and evaluation related to bias crime perpetration and victimization. For this solicitation, NIJ is interested in a broad range of research that will address gaps in our ability to identify, assess, and understand the behavior of bias crime offenders or experiences of bias crime victims. The goal of the bias crime victimization program of research is to improve knowledge and understanding of bias crime victimization through science. NIJ strives to provide objective and independent knowledge and validated tools to reduce violence against victims of hate crime. The objectives of this solicitation are to fund high-quality research projects in the area of bias motivated crime. All grantees funded under this solicitation are expected to publish one or more peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, but may include law review journals, academic press books or book chapters.



  • Date Posted 03/01/2016
  • Closing Date 06/01/2016


Eligible Applicants

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 (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior) that perform law enforcement functions, non-profit and for-profit organizations (including tribal non-profit and for-profit organizations), institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), and certain qualified individuals. For-profit organizations must agree to forgo any profit or management fee. Foreign governments, foreign organizations, and foreign institutions of higher education are not eligible to apply.

NIJ welcomes applications that involve two or more entities; however, one eligible entity must be the applicant and the other(s) must be proposed as 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.


Under the FY 2015 Research on Bias Crime Victimization solicitation,5 NIJ funded two projects that will be developing, testing and validating assessment tools for identifying victims of bias crimes. Although other proposals that address gaps in our ability to identify, assess, and understand the behavior of bias crime offenders or experiences of bias crime victims will be considered, NIJ will prioritize research proposals that address one or more of the following priority areas:

  • Prevalence
  • Motivations
  • Replication
  • Evaluations
  • Reporting
  • Victimization
  • Victim Services
  • Impact
  • Prevention

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