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for Research Programs to Combat Abuse

Research and Evaluation (R&E) Initiative

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) - Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)

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06/17/22 11:59 PM ET - deadline; 06/21/22 09:00 PM ET - JustGrants deadline.


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, IHEs, government agencies, and tribes to research and assess methods to combat crimes perpetrated against women. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support projects that research and evaluate approaches to serving victims, achieving justice, and mitigating domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

OVW is interested in funding research and evaluation to contribute to knowledge in the six areas of study listed below. 

  1. Justice: Ways the justice system can effectively pursue and achieve justice in cases involving VAWA crimes. 
  2. Victims’ needs: How victimization and its aftermath affect people’s lives, and what victims need to cope, heal, and achieve safety and justice.
  3. Cultures, disparities, and access: Ways that cultural differences and social inequalities matter in terms of where and to whom people go for help, and whether people are able to access justice and get services that are useful to them.
  4. Impact: Short- and long-term impact of the justice system’s response, victim services, and other VAWA-funded interventions on victim safety and offender accountability.
  5. Indicators of success: What success looks like and how to measure it—for victims pursuing safety and justice, for offenders being held accountable for their violence, and for people who work with victims and offenders.
  6. Reducing recidivism: How to prevent violence from recurring.

In FY 2022, 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 talking from underserved communities, particularly LGBTQ and immigrant communities. 

For Purpose Areas and Topics for Research and Evaluation, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 185244

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Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $450,000
- Award Floor: $100,000

R&E awards typically are in the range of $300,000 to $450,000.

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance Start Date: 11/1/22 12:00 AM

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


  • 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
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Nonprofits, including culturally specific and population specific organizations, with 501 (c)(3) status with the IRS
- Nonprofits, including culturally specific and population specific organizations, without 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
- Private institutions of higher education
- Public and state-controlled institutions of higher education
- City or township governments
- County governments
- State governments
- Native American tribal governments (federally recognized)
- Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)

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.

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).

OVW does not fund activities that jeopardize victim safety, deter or prevent physical or emotional healing for victims, or allow offenders to escape responsibility for their actions.

For Out of Scope Activities, see

For Funding Restrictions, see

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted electronically via and JustGrants:
- Deadline: June 17, 2022 11:59 PM
- Application JustGrants Deadline: June 21, 2022 9:00 PM. Applications not submitted by 9:00 p.m. E.T. on this date will not be considered for funding.

Applicants intending to apply for FY 2022 R&E funding are strongly encouraged to submit a non-binding letter of intent by May 20, 2022. The letter should state that the applicant is registered and current with SAM and with Potential applicants who do not submit a letter can still apply.

OVW anticipates notifying applicants of funding decisions by October 1, 2022.

Registration: To submit an application, all applicants must register online with the System for Award Management (SAM) and with To ensure sufficient time to complete the registration process, applicants should register online with SAM and with immediately and no later than May 31, 2022.

Federal regulations require that an applicant for federal funding:
(1) Be registered in SAM before submitting its application;
(2) Provide a valid Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) in its application; and
(3) Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a federal awarding agency.

Please note: If the applicant already has an Employer Identification Number (EIN), the SAM registration will take up to two weeks to process. If the applicant does not have an EIN, then the applicant should allow two to five weeks for obtaining an EIN from the Internal Revenue Service. These processes cannot be expedited. To ensure all applicants are able to apply by the deadline for this solicitation, applicants must have registered online with the SAM and with no later than June 7, 2022.

Applications for this program will be submitted through a two-step process: (1) Submission of the SF-424 and SF-LLL in; and (2) submission of the full application including attachments in the Justice Grants System (JustGrants). Submit the SF-424 and SF-LLL as early as possible, but not later than 24-48 hours before the deadline.

There will be no pre-application information sessions. Instead, applicants are encouraged to contact Ginger Baran Lyons.

An eligible applicant may submit more than one application, as long as each application proposes a different project in response to the solicitation.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions or assistance, please contact Ginger Baran Lyons at or (202) 598-9445.

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