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Grants to USA Agencies and IHEs to Carry Out De-escalation Training Using VR Technology

Virtual Reality De-escalation Site-Based Initiative


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
CFDA Number: 16.054
Funding or PIN Number: O-BJA-2023-171767
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/29/23 8:59 PM ET - deadline; 07/06/23 8:59 PM ET - JustGrants deadline. Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories government agencies and IHEs to carry out de-escalation training using VR technology. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations well in advance of the deadline. Funding is intended to provide law enforcement with the tools and training to appropriately de-escalate crisis situations.

This program seeks applications from states, institutions of higher education with campus-based law enforcement entities, local governments, and federally recognized Indian Tribes to implement customized, multiparticipant, fully immersive, virtual and/or augmented reality-based training technology. Applicants should describe how the proposed training will improve participants’ de-escalation skills while enhancing responses to individuals in crisis, including people with intellectual and/or development disabilities and individuals experiencing a mental health and/or substance use crisis, as a means to facilitate effective and safer interactions between law enforcement and the communities they serve. The goal of the program is to implement emerging technologies utilized in scenario-based police training that is evidence based and designed to ensure the safety of police officers, individuals they come in contact with, and the community at large. This technology should be used and coupled with an evidence-based curriculum, such as BJA’s Crisis Response and Intervention Training (CRIT) curriculum.

Although the use of technology in law enforcement training is not new, this is a novel program that seeks to support law enforcement utilization of fully immersive, multiparticipant virtual reality technology specifically designed to support training in de-escalation techniques.

Objectives and Deliverables:


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Applicants:
City or township governments, County governments, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, State governments

For the purposes of this solicitation, “state” means any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Notice regarding law enforcement agencies: State, local, and university or college law enforcement agencies must be certified by an approved independent credentialing body or have started the certification process to be eligible for FY 2023 DOJ discretionary grant funding.

BJA will consider 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).

Pre-Proposal Conference
BJA will hold a solicitation webinar on May 19th, 2023 at 1:00pm ET. This call will provide a detailed overview of the solicitation and allow an opportunity for interested applicants to ask questions. Preregistration is required for all participants.


Pre-Application Information
The SF-424 and the SF-LLL must be submitted in by June 29, 2023 8:59 PM ET.

The full application must be submitted in JustGrants by July 6, 2023 8:59 PM ET.

To use the webinar time most efficiently, BJA encourages participants to review the solicitation and submit any questions they may have in advance of the webinar.

Before submitting an application, all applicants must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). Registration and renewal can take up to 10 business days to complete.

Applications must be submitted to DOJ electronically through a two-step process via and JustGrants.
- Step 1: The applicant must submit by the deadline the required Application for Federal Assistance standard form (SF-424) and a Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF-LLL) form when they register in Submit the SF-424 and SF-LLL as early as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the deadline. If an applicant fails to submit in, they will be unable to apply in JustGrants.
- Step 2: The applicant must submit the full application, including attachments, in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

OJP Grant Application Resource Guide:

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For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the link above.

Solicitation webinar recording (from May 19, 2023):

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $800,000

Term of Contract
Period of Performance Start Date: 10/1/23
Period of Performance Duration: 36 months

Contact Information
Submit pre-webinar questions to

For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, contact the OJP Response Center at 800-851-3420, 301-240-6310 (TTY for hearing-impaired callers only), or

For technical assistance with submitting the SF-424 and a SF-LLL in, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726, 606-545-5035, Customer Support, or

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in JustGrants, contact the JustGrants Service Desk at 833-872-5175 or

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