Through Encouraging Innovation: Field Initiated Programs, BJA builds partnerships with law enforcement and other criminal justice practitioners to leverage innovative strategies for preventing and reducing crime. BJA's Field Initiated Program is an opportunity for criminal justice practitioners to identify an emerging or chronic criminal justice challenge and propose evidence-based strategies to strengthen public safety.
Since 2009, BJA has supported a small number of Field-Initiated projects that bring fresh perspectives for reducing and preventing crime at the local, state, tribal, and national levels. The projects target crime problems facing communities nationwide by addressing critical gaps in the current knowledge base around crime prevention and criminal justice. Through resources developed by Field-Initiated grantees, jurisdictions across the country can benefit from the projects' contributions to the field of public safety. Examples of projects funded under the Field-Initiated Program include:
Funding Webinars – Participate and Access Materials
To assist potential applicants interested in applying for funding opportunities, BJA has hosted several solicitation-specific webinars as well as Grant Applicant Education Series webinars. Visit the BJA Funding Webinars page to learn about upcoming webinars and to access presentation files for and YouTube links to watch previously held webinars.
See the Archives tab for past Field Initiated solicitations and award information.
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International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Center for Social Media
Creating an Arrest Alert System
Legal Issues Related to Elder Abuse: Guides for Law Enforcement
Risk-Needs-Responsivity (RNR) Simulation Tool
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Funding Available for Field-Initiated Programs
BJA is seeking applications through the Encouraging Innovation: Field-Initiated Programs FY 2016 opportunity. This program contributes to the development of strategic and innovative programs and strategies that will improve the criminal justice system; reduce crime, recidivism, and unnecessary confinement; and promote a safe and fair criminal justice system. Applications are due March 29, 2016.
Encouraging Innovation: Field-Initiated Programs FY 2016 Competitive Grant AnnouncementApplication Deadline: 03/29/2016, 11:59 PMBJA is seeking applications for funding to support strategic and/or innovative field-initiated programs. This program furthers the Department’s mission by contributing to the development of strategic and innovative programs and strategies that will improve the criminal justice system; reduce crime, recidivism, and unnecessary confinement; and promote a safe and fair criminal justice system.Solicitation
Encouraging Innovation: Field-Initiated Programs FY 2013 Competitive Grant AnnouncementApplication Deadline: 04/12/2013, 11:59 PMBJA is seeking concept papers for funding to support strategic and innovative field-initiated programs that will improve the criminal justice system; reduce crime, recidivism, and unnecessary confinement; and promote a safe and fair criminal justice system.Solicitation FAQs
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