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Grant to a USA Nonprofit, IHE, Tribe, For-Profit, or School District to Benefit IHEs that Serve BIPOC Communities

Center for Enhancing Research Capacity (CERC) at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs)


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
CFDA Number: 16.560
Funding or PIN Number: O-NIJ-2023-171879
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
Conference Date: 10/18/23
Deadline: 12/04/23 11:59 PM ET deadline; 12/18/23 8:59 PM ET - JustGrants deadline Save

Grant Description
Grant to a USA or territory nonprofit organization, IHE, Tribe, for-profit, or school district to benefit IHEs that serve BIPOC communities. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended to develop, operate, and manage a Center to Enhance Research Capacity (CERC) at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).

The Office of Justice Programs is committed to advancing work that promotes civil rights and racial equity, increases access to justice, supports crime victims and individuals impacted by the justice system, strengthens community safety and protects the public from crime and evolving threats, and builds trust between law enforcement and the community.

NIJ seeks applications for the development, operation, and management of a Center to enhance STEM research capacity, including the social and behavioral sciences (SBS), in MSI in order to better address the challenges of promoting public safety and an equitable justice system for all.

Through training and technical assistance (TTA), the Center will:

  1. Build and enhance research infrastructure across disciplines. Under this aim, the Center is intended to assist MSIs in enhancing and developing infrastructure elements to support research. These elements may include: (1) assessing the infrastructure support (e.g., research capacity assessment), (2) planning the infrastructure support (e.g., strategic planning), (3) strengthening skills and readiness to apply for funding (e.g., faculty/student/staff training, curricula revision/sharing, and development designed to conduct research), and 4) research grants administration.
  2. Encourage research collaborations with scholars. This aim is intended to help MSIs strengthen research capacity by developing interdisciplinary and long-term partnerships around SBS and other STEM criminal and juvenile justice research programs. This could include departmental collaborations within a single MSI or multiple MSIs and other research-intensive organizations. It may also involve initiating or fostering critical partnerships and alliances throughout the institutional research enterprise and between institutions and external stakeholders. Through the work of the Center, it is expected that MSIs will build or expand upon collaborations and activities which together or separately will build capacity to secure research and development funding.
  3. Enable and support research and development. This aim is intended to help MSIs establish a proficient and diverse workforce that is well-resourced and trained to develop, implement, or expand active research programs. Activities under this aim may include strategic, proactive, and capacity building activities designed to facilitate individual faculty members, teams of researchers, and central research administrations in attracting extramural research funding, creating relationships, and fostering approaches that increase institutional competitiveness, such as writing successful research proposals. With support from the Center, MSIs are expected to create dynamic services that span disciplinary and administrative components within their organizations and beyond.
  4. Strengthen sustainability and continuity. This aim is intended to help MSIs develop, enable, expand, and sustain a research and development enterprise. The Center is expected to deliver national-scale, high-quality TTA to increase research capacity at MSIs. The Center will provide training materials, including a video series, program guides, and toolkits for multiple audiences (faculty, students, administrators) in various modes. These materials should improve research productivity and outcomes at MSIs to support world-class research and enhance the University’s capacity to engage with industry and build collaboration. Moreover, the Center is expected to develop and cultivate a program promoting mentorship and sponsorship that will result in a robust SBS and STEM workforce.

Specific Information about the opportunity can be found at

Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables can be found at

Priority Areas can be found at


  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • 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
  • Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity below), subject to any clarification in the text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility"
  • Small businesses

Additional Eligibility Criteria
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.

Federal agencies are eligible to apply. (Any award made to a federal agency will be made as an inter-agency reimbursable agreement.)

Foreign governments, foreign organizations, and foreign colleges and universities are not eligible to apply.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Attend Webinar
NIJ will host a webinar discussion this solicitation on October 18, 2023, from 3:30-4:30 pm ET.

The deadline to submit questions in advance to be answered at the funding webinar has been changed from October 18 to October 13.

For more information and to register:×tamp=1695881637847&RGID=rda3d71d7bbab852c490a33983f3d8070

Pre-Application Information
- Deadline December 4, 2023, 11:59 pm Eastern
- Application JustGrants Deadline December 18, 2023, 8:59 pm Eastern

Submission Information
Registration: Before submitting an application, all applicants must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). You must renew and validate your registration every 12 months. If you do not renew your SAM registration, it will expire. An expired registration can delay or prevent application submission in and JustGrants. Registration and renewal can take up to 10 business days to complete.

Submission: 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 at 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 at by the JustGrants application deadline.

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NIJ hosted a webinar discussing this solicitation on October 18, 2023. Review the transcript:

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Term of Contract
Period of Performance Start Date: 1/1/24

Period of Performance Duration (Months): 60

Contact Information
For assistance, contact:

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 The Support Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on federal holidays.

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in JustGrants, contact the JustGrants Service Desk at 833-872-5175 or The JustGrants Service Desk operates 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET Monday–Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sunday, and Federal holidays.

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