Criminal Justice Research Projects

Posted by Laura and John Arnold Foundation on November 23, 2015

Laura and John Arnold Foundation Issues RFP for Criminal Justice Research Projects

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation works to address the nation’s most pressing and persistent challenges using evidence-based, multidisciplinary approaches. Its strategic investments are currently focused in criminal justice, education, evidence-based policy and innovation, research integrity, and science and technology.

To advance this mission, the foundation has issued a request for criminal justice research proposals as part of its effort to build an evidence base about the approaches, innovations, and strategies that work best to improve public safety as well as increase the fairness and efficiency of the criminal justice system. LJAF has committed up to $14 million in funding to support the research: $12 million to fund at least four randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and $2 million to fund innovative, early-stage research projects that, if successful, could advance to the RCT stage.

Preference will be given to research projects that are focused on the front end of the criminal justice system – i.e., the period of time between arrest and case resolution — and on mental health and substance use disorders. This includes topics such as policing, prosecution, alternatives to arrest, diversion, juvenile justice, and medication-assisted treatment. However, proposals in all areas of criminal justice are welcome.

All organizations are eligible to apply, including local jurisdictions, universities, and others.

Letters of interest must be received no later than January 15, 2016. Applicants will be notified the following month if they are selected to submit a full proposal.

For more information, including a detailed description of the application process, a list of the selection criteria, and a point of contact for questions, visit the LJAF website.


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