Advancing Science: News from the NIJ Director

Awards October

I’m thrilled to share that NIJ has granted the majority of our FY23 awards, funding over 126 amounting to $85M, associated with 31 solicitations. These awards will support research to fill critical gaps in knowledge on topics such as racial and ethnic disparities in the justice system, victimization and victims service, youth justice, police training, school safety, forensics R&D, community-based violence intervention, jails and more.

I’d like to extend my deep gratitude to the NIJ team that helped make these awards possible this year.



Speaking of awards, 24 of this year’s research grants support our Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) program. GRF supports the next generation of researchers in criminal justice across a wide array of academic disciplines.

For FY23, we awarded over $2.6M in academic scholarships for doctoral dissertations. I’m eager to see what innovative approaches our new cohort of fellows will pursue to build on our collective knowledge base.



We’re now accepting applications to the Research Assistantship Program for the 2024-2025 academic year.

This is a fantastic professional development opportunity for doctoral students to gain first-hand experience working at NIJ part-time and expand their exposure to our research areas. We encourage students from every academic discipline to apply.

Deadline is December 19, 2023!


Safe Schools Week

The safety of our kids at school is one of our nation’s greatest concerns, which is why it’s vital that we recognize America’s Safe Schools Week (October 15 – 21).

I’m proud to note that NIJ supports and lifts up school safety research year-round to improve our understanding, response, and prevention of violence in schools. This year, we awarded two new school safety research projects and five new projects to research gun violence and mass shootings.


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