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Research to Improve Officer Decision-making

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    National Institute of Justice (NIJ)


    With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals to fund interdisciplinary research and/or evaluation projects aimed at providing knowledge that can be used to improve officer decision-making in potentially stressful situations, thereby enhancing outcomes in police-citizen interactions. Projects of interest include, but are not limited to, research dealing with the impact of the following topics on how well an officer makes decisions:
    • Personality traits - Questions of interest include: (1) Can an officers personality traits predict decision-making outcomes? (2) How can traits that are likely to lead to positive outcomes in the context of officer decision-making be identified? (3) How does an officers personality traits change over time, and what factors moderate this?
    • Environment - Questions of interest include: (1) How does organizational culture ” the shared assumptions and values that govern how individuals interact within an organization ” affect the decision-making of the individual officer? What types of culture support decision-making leading to positive outcomes? (2) How does organizational structure affect decision-making? What types of organizational structure(s) best support decision-making leading to positive outcomes? (3) How do peers, family, and community affect an officers personality and decision-making process? (4) How do the communities in which an officer serves impact decision-making?
    • Training - Questions of interest include: (1) How effective are different decision-making training modalities (including those that use technology) from the perspective of the persistence of the transfer of knowledge, skills, and attitudes over time? (2) Can training nurture and/or sustain desirable personality traits from the perspective of officer decision-making? (3) Can certain errors in decision-making be linked to certain personality types and targeted training developed? (4) How does how an officers decision-making change with age/time as they progress in their career? Could specific types of training be developed to aid officers based on their time in service and grade?
    In addition to required data sets, interim and final progress and financial reports, NIJ expects scholarly products to result from each award under this solicitation, taking the form of one or more published, peer-reviewed, scientific journal articles, and/or (if appropriate) law review journal articles, book chapter(s) or book(s) in the academic press, technological prototypes, patented inventions, or similar scientific products.

    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    Proposals primarily intended to purchase equipment, materials, or supplies will not be funded. A budget may include these items if they are necessary to conduct research, development, demonstration, evaluation, or analysis.


    National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center

    National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center
    Bureau of Justice Assistance
    810 Seventh Street NW
    Washington', DC 20531
    (800) 851-3420
    (301) 240-5830

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants include states, territories, units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and certain qualified individuals.  NIJ welcomes applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant.

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted by March 23, 2017.  A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Up to $3,000,000 is available in FY 2017 to fund one or more awards.  Award amounts will vary for project periods of up to 36-months.  Cost sharing/matching is not required.


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