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Grants to USA Agencies, Nonprofits, IHEs, and Tribal Organizations to Research and Evaluate Services for Crime Victims

Research and Evaluation Initiative


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) - Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)
CFDA Number: 16.026
Funding or PIN Number: O-OVW-2023-171728
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Important Dates
LOI Date: 06/01/23
Deadline: 06/29/23 11:59 PM ET - deadline; 07/05/23 - 9:00 PM ET - JustGrants deadline Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA local, state, and tribal governments, nonprofits, IHEs, and tribal organizations to research and evaluate the efficacy of services for victims of crime and domestic abuse. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to applying.

The purpose of the Research and Evaluation (R&E) Initiative is to research and evaluate approaches to combatting domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking (hereafter referred to as “VAWA crimes”). By generating more knowledge about strategies for serving victims and holding offenders accountable, communities that benefit from VAWA funding will be better equipped to align their work with practices that are known to be effective, and they will be more capable of generating empirical knowledge on the efficacy of new and promising ways of doing things. The initiative is designed to support researcher-practitioner partnerships and a broad range of research and evaluation methods, including qualitative, mixed-method, quasi-experimental, and experimental designs. Because OVW has very limited funds to support research and evaluation, this initiative prioritizes topics for which a stronger evidence base would help OVW grantees use federal funds most effectively. 

Topics for Research and Evaluation - This year, OVW invites applications addressing the topics listed below:

  1. Evaluations of VAWA-funded interventions 
  2. Evaluations of interventions related to new OVW grant programs. 
  3. Research and evaluation on ways of ensuring language access in responses to VAWA crimes.
  4. Evaluation of training curricula, tools, and other technical assistance (TA) resources developed and implemented with OVW grant funds.
  5. Evaluations of emerging innovations for serving victims of VAWA crimes and holding offenders accountable
  6. Secondary data analyses related to domestic/dating violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking
  7. Research, evaluation, and data analysis related to domestic violence homicide prevention.

For details about the research topics, see:

OVW Priority Areas - In FY 2023, OVW is interested in supporting these priority areas:

  1. Advance racial equity as an essential component of ending sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
  2. Increase access to justice for all survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, including through exploration of survivor-centered criminal justice system reform.
  3. Strengthen efforts to prevent and end sexual assault, including victim services and civil and criminal justice responses.
  4. Expand economic justice and financial advocacy for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, including as a tool for violence prevention.
  5. Improve outreach, services, civil and criminal justice responses, prevention, and support for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking from underserved communities, particularly LGBTQ and immigrant communities.

For information about areas of study, see:


  • 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
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
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.

Faith Based and community organizations, including culturally specific organizations, tribal organizations, and population specific 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.

Out-of-Scope Activities :
• Proposals to conduct needs assessment activities exclusively for the purpose of
program improvement.(Refer to the OVW research decision tree in the Solicitation
Companion Guide.)
• Proposals primarily to purchase equipment, materials, or supplies. (A budget may
include these items if they are necessary to conduct the proposed study.)
• Proposals that are not responsive to this specific solicitation.
• Programs or services unrelated to the scope of the research project or the
intervention being evaluated.
• Training in support of programs or direct services unrelated to or, unassociated
with, the proposed research project.

OVW will not support research that:
• Prioritizes scientific rigor over practical value or ethics, ethics being broadly defined and not limited to published standards;
• Is minimally useful to practitioners;
• Offers minimal cost benefit;
• Lacks a clear theoretical foundation; and/or
• Is designed to generate descriptive findings that emphasize vulnerabilities and neglect strengths of specific populations. (For instance, a study that examines risktaking behavior among members of a certain population, without testing any strategies for serving the target population, is not of value to OVW.)

For funding restrtictions, see:

Pre-Proposal Conference
OVW will conduct an optional, web-based pre-application information session on Friday, May 12, 1pm-2pm Eastern time.

Participation in a pre-application information session is optional and not a requirement to be eligible to apply.

To register, follow this link:

Registration must be received at least one day before the session. The webinar will be captioned in English and Spanish.

Pre-Application Information
Solicitation Release Date: May 01, 2023 5:00 PM ET
Application Deadline: June 29, 2023 11:59 PM ET
Application JustGrants Deadline: July 05, 2023 9:00 PM ET

OVW strongly encourages all applicants to begin the application submission process at least 48 hours prior to the application deadline. Failure to do so may result in missing the deadline and therefore not being considered for funding.

Applicants are encouraged to submit a non-binding letter of intent by June 1, 2023.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin the registration process or ensure that all accounts are active and up to date by June 12, 2023.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Applicants with questions about this solicitation should NOT wait until the pre-application information session to ask their questions. Applicants are encouraged to email the funding source when they have questions. OVW aims to respond to all questions within two business days.

Submission: Applications will be submitted to OVW in two steps:
- Step 1: The applicant must submit by the deadline the required Application for Federal Assistance standard form (SF-424) and the Disclosure of Lobbying Activities form (SF-LLL) in - family.html.
- Step 2: The applicant must then submit the full application, including attachments, in JustGrants at For the application to be on time, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

Applicants must register with the systems listed below to successfully submit an application.
1. SAM. Registration with SAM includes receiving a UEI. (Average registration
completion time – 2-3 weeks)
2. (Average registration completion time – 1 week)
3. JustGrants. Registration with SAM and must be completed before an applicant can register with JustGrants. (Average registration completion time – 3 days)

OVW anticipates notifying applicants of funding decisions by November 1, 2023.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Anticipated Maximum Dollar Amount of Awards: $450,000

Term of Contract
Period of Performance Start Date: 11/1/23

Applicants can request award periods ranging from 12 months to 36 months.

Contact Information
For programmatic questions and to submit letter of intent: (or call (202) 802-7306).

Financial questions, contact 888-514-8556 or

Technical questions:
- Applicant Support at 800-518-4726 or
- OVW JustGrants Support at 1-866-655-4482 or

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