Grants for Evaluation of Prevention Strategies to Prevent & Reduce Community Rates of Youth Violence (US)

Deadline: 22-Feb-22

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC or Injury Center) is soliciting research proposals to expand the evidence base for the prevention of community violence involving youth ages 10-34 years.

The purpose of this announcement is to fund the National Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention (Youth Violence Prevention Centers or YVPCs) to continue to build the evidence base for violence prevention strategies and approaches that reduce community rates of youth violence within one or more geographically defined communities with rates of community violence that are higher than the national one. Applications should focus on a community or set of communities with high rates of youth violence (i.e., a community or communities that have multiple empirically robust risk factors for youth violence and where rates of youth violence are higher than the national average) for all key activities.

CDC’s NCIPC Research Priorities include research gaps and priorities to address youth violence. The National Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention (or Youth Violence Prevention Centers; YVPCs) align with these research priorities, including evaluating the effectiveness of prevention strategies that reduce the likelihood of different forms of youth violence.

The intent of the NCIPC extramural violence prevention research program is to:

  • Build the scientific base for the prevention of violence by helping to expand and advance their understanding of new and innovative strategies for the prevention of violence.
  • Encourage professionals from a wide spectrum of disciplines including, but not limited to, epidemiology, behavioral and social sciences, medicine, biostatistics, public health, and health economics to conduct research that informs violence prevention efforts.
  • Youth is defined broadly for this NOFO to include those ages 10-34. Young adults are included because of high homicide rates and because of the need to increase the evidence for violence prevention strategies that are effective with this age group.
  • Community Violence is defined as violence that happens between unrelated individuals, who may or may not know each other, generally outside the home. Examples include youth violence, such as assaults or fights among groups, and shootings in public places, such as schools and on the streets. ? Violence is defined as the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, which results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or deprivation. Primary prevention of youth violence seeks to prevent youth violence before it occurs.
  • Community is defined as a population with shared characteristics or social ties within a geographically defined area (e.g., neighborhood, block, hospital or school catchment area, police jurisdiction, or city).
  • A community with high rates of youth violence is a community that has multiple empirically robust risk factors for youth violence and where rates of youth violence are higher than national ones (e.g., juvenile rates of fighting, juvenile arrest rates for violent offenses, homicide rates among youth ages 10-34, emergency department data on violence-related injuries among youth ages 10-34, and school data on disciplinary incidents involving violence).
Research Areas
  • Rigorously evaluate the effectiveness of prevention strategies addressing social and structural conditions that reduce racial and ethnic inequities and community violence.
  • Preventing homicide and severe violence-related injuries experienced by youth
  • Hospital-based youth violence prevention strategies
  • Evaluating online platforms for youth violence prevention
Funding Information
  • NCIPC intends to commit up to $7,200,000 in FY 2022 to fund up to six (6) applications.
  • The maximum award amount will be $1,200,000 per award for the first 12-month budget period. This includes both direct and indirect costs. An applicant may request a project period of up to five years. The maximum total project funding amount is $6,000,000 (including both direct and indirect costs) over the expected project period length, with a maximum of $1,200,000 per award per year.
  • Estimated Total Funding: $36,000,000
Target Population

Under this funding opportunity announcement, the YVPCs research and prevent violence among youth ages 10-34. Applicants may propose research evaluating strategies to prevent violence among a narrower age range of youth, but the focus of the intervention and evaluation must be constrained within the 10-34 year old age range.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Unrestricted
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Small businesses
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • State governments
  • Others
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • Special district governments

For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=336874