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DOJ/OVW: 2023 Research and Evaluation Initiative


The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is accepting proposals for its Research and Evaluation Initiative to research and evaluate approaches to combatting domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Donor Name: Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)

State: All States

County: All Counties

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline: 06/01/2023

Size of the Grant: $450,000

Grant Duration: 36 months


By generating more knowledge about strategies for serving victims and holding offenders accountable, communities that benefit from VAWA funding will be better equipped to align their work with practices that are known to be effective, and they will be more capable of generating empirical knowledge on the efficacy of new and promising ways of doing things. The initiative is designed to support researcher-practitioner partnerships and a broad range of research and evaluation methods, including qualitative, mixed-method, quasi-experimental, and experimental designs. Because OVW has very limited funds to support research and evaluation, this initiative prioritizes topics for which a stronger evidence base would help OVW grantees use federal funds most effectively.

Priority Areas

In FY 2023, OVW is interested in supporting these priority areas:

  • Advance racial equity as an essential component of ending sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
  • 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.
  • Strengthen efforts to prevent and end sexual assault, including victim services and civil and criminal justice responses.
  • Expand economic justice and financial advocacy for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, including as a tool for violence prevention.
  • Improve outreach, services, civil and criminal justice responses, prevention, and support for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking from underserved communities, particularly LGBTQ and immigrant communities.

Purpose Areas

This year, OVW invites applications addressing the topics listed below

  • Evaluations of VAWA-funded interventions
  • Evaluations of interventions related to new OVW grant programs
  • Research and evaluation on ways of ensuring language access in responses to VAWA crimes
  • Evaluation of training curricula, tools, and other technical assistance (TA) resources developed and implemented with OVW grant funds
  • Evaluations of emerging innovations
  • Secondary data analyses
  • Research, evaluation, and data analysis related to domestic violence homicide prevention

Funding Information

  • Anticipated Total Amount to be Awarded Under Solicitation: $4,900,000
  • Anticipated Maximum Dollar Amount of Awards: $450,000

Period of Performance Duration (Months)


Eligibility Criteria

The following entities are eligible to apply for R&E Initiative funding:

  • Nonprofits, including culturally specific and population specific organizations, with 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.

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