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Cooperative Agreement to a USA IHE to Develop VR Training for Law Enforcement

Virtual Reality Training Development for Law Enforcement


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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-2023-171886
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Important Dates
Deadline: 12/04/23 8:59 PM ET deadline; 12/11/23 8:59 PM ET - JustGrants deadline Save

Grant Description
Cooperative agreement to a USA institution of higher education to develop VR training for law enforcement. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended for a collaborative project to develop, create, and pilot a virtual reality training program designed to improve law enforcement interactions with all individuals, with an emphasis on de-escalation tactics.

OJP 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.

With this solicitation, BJA seeks to support a collaborative partnership between two or more universities to develop, design, and pilot a virtual reality training program designed to improve law enforcement interactions with all individuals, with an emphasis on de-escalation tactics. New technologies, including virtual reality systems designed for use by police, allow for multiparticipant engagement and can be integrated into training programs focused on improving law enforcement encounters. Universities are required to partner to carry out the activities of the federal award; however only one applicant can apply.  

Technologies designed for law enforcement trainings to model reality virtually should enable police to prepare for the situations they may face in communities while providing officers an opportunity to practice decision-making and de-escalation techniques in a safe and controlled environment. These technologies also allow law enforcement to share their world in a virtual setting with critical partners interested in learning more about the role of public safety. Adequately and effectively preparing law enforcement to engage with every member of the community results in greater public safety outcomes for all and increased community trust.

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  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Applicants:
- Private institutions of higher education
- Public and state controlled institutions of higher education

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). For additional information on subawards, see the OJP Grant Application Resource Guide. BJA may elect to fund applications submitted under this FY 2023 solicitation in future fiscal years, dependent on, among other considerations, the merit of the applications and the availability of appropriations.

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

This solicitation does not require a match.

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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Estimated Size of Grant
Award Ceiling: $4,000,000

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

Period of Performance Duration: 36 Months

Contact Information
Contact Information
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 The OJP Response Center operates from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. eastern time (ET) Monday–Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET on the solicitation close date.

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