Video Transcript: Safety, Health, and Wellness Solicitation Webinar, FY 2017

Speaking in this video:

  • Dr. Howard Spivak, Acting Director
  • William Ford, Division Director, Research Division, Office of Science and Technology
  • Eric Martin, Social Science Analyst, Office of Research and Evaluation
  • Dr. Amy Leffler, Social Science Analyst , Office of Research and Evaluation
  • Marh Jo Giovacchini, National Criminal Justice Reference Service

​This webinar will provide details and guidance for potential applicants to NIJ’s FY2017 Research and Evaluation in Safety, Health, and Wellness in the Criminal Justice System solicitation. The presenters will discuss the goals and objectives of this opportunity and address solicitation content, eligibility, application submission, and peer review. Each category will be discussed followed at the end by an opportunity to ask questions.

Transcript

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome to today's webinar, NIJ FY 2017 Solicitation Research and Evaluation in Safety, Health, and Wellness in the Criminal Justice System. Today's agenda, these are the items that we are going to go over today. We're going to talk about who the National Institute of Justice is, tell you a little bit more about the Safety, Health, and Wellness Strategic Research Plan. We will also review Categories 1, 2, and 3, and then we'll provide you with some General Solicitation Information. At this time, I would like to introduce Dr. Howard Spivak, Acting Director of the National Institute of Justice.

HOWARD SPIVAK: Good afternoon, everybody. It's my pleasure to be part of this webinar, although I will be only speaking briefly and then passing this onto staff who will be far more informative about the details related to this solicitation.

I want to start by saying that this is a relatively new initiative for NIJ, although there are parts of it that are not new, but this is the first time that NIJ has actually taken on the broad issue of health  -- safety, health, and wellness. For those working in the criminal justice system is those who are impacted by the criminal justice system. And pulling all of these pieces together, I think, has been a real positive element and effort on our part. So, we're very much hoping that all of you become involved and engaged in this work as well.

For those of you who may be -- may be unfamiliar with the National Institute of Justice, NIJ is the research, development, and evaluation agency for the U.S. Department of Justice. So we cover the full spectrum of issues related to the criminal justice system, from forensics to technology to behavioral sciences across the board, all of which contribute to advancing the practice of criminal justice. And our mission is to improve knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through good science. Healthy -- the Safety, Health, and Wellness Solicitation had several strategic priorities within it. And so I want to just briefly discuss those, and these relate to strategic priorities that are in the Safety, Health, and Wellness Strategic Research Plan, which is posted on the NIJ website, and informations about that will be provided at the end of this presentation.

The first priority, strategic priority, is to promote research to improve safety within the criminal justice system. The second is to support research on health and wellness within the criminal justice system. And this solicitation is the first step towards implementing that strategic plan. This solicitation was released in early January, will be closing towards the end of March, March 23rd to be specific. There will then be a review process that will take place over several months and the expectation is that award announcements will be made before the end of the fiscal year. So, before September 30th. Hopefully sooner than that, but no guarantees on that one.

Okay. Just -- I want to reference you to the program description. There are there major categories that are covered under the solicitation. One relates to the causes and effects of stress and trauma on law enforcement and corrections officers, or upon individuals living in violent communities.

The second priority area is the impact of parental jail incarceration on children. So, essentially the children of incarcerated parents. This is not a new area for us. We funded projects in this area, but it is a much better fit in the solicitation than it was where it had been existing before.

And then the third priority area, it focuses on the efficacy of services, strategies, policies, and processes within the criminal justice or juvenile justice systems that serve as responses to children exposed to violence, which includes children of incarcerated parents, but goes much more broadly to children exposed to a whole spectrum of family and community violence.

At this point, I'd like to pass things onto Bill Ford who's the Director of Research for the Office of Science and Technology who will be discussing these priority areas in more detail.

BILL FORD: Thank you, Howard.

Good afternoon. NIJ remains focused on studying health and wellness of those employed with inside the criminal justice system, individuals under the supervision of the criminal justice system, and those affected by the system. The 21st Century Policing Task Force Report outlined a broad agenda to address a spectrum of safety and wellness needs in policing. While this report has specific focus on police officers and communities they serve, the sentiments of the wellness with inside the report is equally relevant for those who work in other areas of the criminal justice system, as well as those in custody and those affected by the system.

The impact of acute stress on physical and mental health, the long-term effects of chronic stress and the development of stress-related mental health disorders and assessing the effectiveness of programs aimed at treating stress and stress-related disorders are the three major components that we're looking for with inside this category.

I'm now going to turn over our presentation to Eric Martin.

ERIC MARTIN: Good afternoon, everybody. My name is Eric Martin and I am the Social Science Analyst who's going to be overseeing Category 2, the impact of parental jail incarceration on children. Right now, I'm going to talk about the goals of this category in the solicitation and I want to make you aware that these do tie back to NIJ's new Safety, Health, And Wellness Research Strategic Plan specifically Category 2 item 9.

Regarding the goals of the solicitation, and this comes from page seven of the description in the solicitation. As Howard said, we're in the process of building a robust portfolio studying the range of impacts of parental incarceration on children. Past NIJ research has tried to isolate the risk posed to children from parental incarceration, and also examined efforts to encourage parent-child contact, particularly through visitation and video visitation. The literature, however, shows that the impact of parental incarceration on children is varied. Factors such as alternative support systems for the child and the strengths of a parent-child relationship prior to incarceration partly determine if the child will exhibit negative externalizing behaviors. But research heretofore has largely focused on long-term parental incarceration in prisons. Therefore, NIJ wants to expand this research to examine the impact of a parental jail incarceration. It is unclear if the impacts are the same for shorter and possibly more frequent parental jail stays. Considering the entire spectrum of parental incarceration, there may be greater variation in the timing, frequency, and advance notice for parents who serve time in jails. One compared to those who serve longer sentences in prison given that research focusing on parental jail incarceration should help the field understand at what point the child is at risk and the dose of incarceration/separation that may contribute to negative child externalizing behaviors.

Also on a practical level, research funded from the solicitation should help uncover the alternative supports available to children whose parents are incarcerated in jail. And then we'll turn to the questions called out in the solicitation. As you can see on your screen, and, again, this comes directly from the solicitation. Here are the questions of particular interests to NIJ, but any related research question that is not here but is related to parental incarceration in jails will be considered.

Now, I'm going to pass it off to Amy.

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: One second, please. I apologize. Thank you. Thanks.

AMY LEFFLER: Thanks, Eric. So Category 3 of the solicitation relates to the efficacy of services, strategies, policies, and processes within the criminal or juvenile justice system that serve as responses to children exposed to violence. As Dr. Spivak noted, in previous years, there has been a Children Exposed to Violence Solicitation. The Children Exposed to Violence call is currently housed within the Safety, Health, and Wellness Solicitation. So this is new this year for NIJ.

As both Bill and Eric have discussed, this particular point came directly from the Safety, Health, and Wellness Strategic Research Plan, Objective 2.8 of that plan, which will be found directly on the NIJ website for additional reference. Objective 2.8 of the plan relates to individuals directly and indirectly impacted by the criminal justice system. This objective supports research to improve the health and wellness of victims. Specifically the first action item of this objective relates to researching the efficacy of criminal justice and victim services responses where victims are defendants in case of a mutual arrest, bidirectional violence in relationships, and the victim-offender overlap.

Category 3 of the solicitation was derived from the first action item that specifically focuses on children that have been exposed to violence. Here at NIJ, we define children exposed to violence as including children who were direct victims and/or bystanders or observers of various forms of violence in the home, school, or community including but not limited to child maltreatment, domestic violence, peer victimization, harassment, bullying, and community violence. This focus area may include other types of violence to which children are exposed with the exception of media violence. Television and movie violence, music advocating aggression, and violent video games are not considered children exposed to violence in the solicitation.

For those interested in learning more about what research NIJ has funded specific to the Children Exposed to Violence portfolio, it can be found in the meeting notes referenced on page 10 of the solicitation.

So going directly into Category 3, we have some possible examples of research that we are interested in a specific category. However, they're not the only areas that we will consider. All strong research will be -- research designs will be considered that are responsive to the category. Here at NIJ, we are committed to supporting research that will increase our understanding of the complex dynamics of childhood exposure to violence, and that we'll ultimately inform the development and enhancement of programs, practices, and policies designed to prevent violence and/or reduce the impact of violence on children and youth through enhanced support of such youth in the criminal and juvenile justice systems.

Now, I'm going to hand things back over to Bill who will review the eligibility criteria of the solicitation. Back to you, Bill.

BILL FORD: Thank you, Amy. So and the second most common question we ever receive is, "Who's eligible, or perhaps more important, am I eligible?"  If a proposal is selected for funding the award, the applicant is the recipient of the grant. Eligible applicants are state governments, not-for-profits, for-profits, institutions of higher education, local governments, and in fact even federal governments. And finally, Individuals, capital "I."  Please note that an individual must be able to meet all the conditions to receive and manage a grant and a project if awarded. This is a pretty broad list. And on the surface, it seems to include just about everyone.

So, who's not eligible?  Foreign governments, foreign organizations, and foreign colleges, and universities are not eligible to apply. While the foreign entities are not eligible to apply directly, in some past instances, we have awarded grants to eligible applicants who have partnered with foreign entities who then become a sub-recipient on a project. Foreign entities can be included in those proposals and sub-recipients as long as the primary applicant is eligible to apply.

What are proposals reviewed for first?  The very first step that happens is that we do an internal review for the basic minimum requirements. We then do an internal review for responsiveness.

The basic minimum requirements include a program narrative, a budget detail worksheet, a budget narrative, and a resume or CV. Please note that we do provide an example on the NIJ website, on the OJP website for a budget -- detailed budget worksheet and detailed Budget Narrative.

So, moving from the basic minimum requirements to responsiveness, we've talked about the scientific research is relevant to our programs, how research priorities are determined, and whether or not you are eligible to apply. So, what might make your proposal non-responsive? The key place to look for this is What Will Not Be Funded section of the solicitation. There is a long list of proposal types and proposal elements that could result in your applications failing our review for responsiveness. We encourage you to read this section very carefully. I'm now going to turn over the presentation to Eric to move on to our next section.

Eric?

ERIC MARTIN: Thank you, Bill. As Bill just talked about, we have a process for responsiveness and BMR. And we -- but first, to ensure that you are meeting BMR, I encourage you to reference this very helpful checklist as you develop your application, and to consult it while you get all your materials together. Each item is cross-referenced to a page in the solicitation for more information. Regarding the checklist itself, certain items are deemed -- that are deemed critical for application to pass the basic minimum requirements and move on to peer review are designated. These are referenced as critical elements in the checklist. They are basically the program narrative, the budget detail worksheet, the budget narrative, and CVs and resumes of key personnel.

Now, as we're talking about it and  as Bill reviewed, applications that meet basic minimum requirements and are deemed responsive to a solicitation will move on to peer review. NIJ may use internal, external, or a combination of both for -- to compose a peer review panel, and this is in the solicitation. At this time, NIJ is planning an external peer review where we will consult experts in the field for each category of the solicitation. The peer review panel will review each application that has made it to this phase, and their individual reviews will be discussed by the panelists in a peer review consensus meeting. It is important to note, the peer review comments and scores for each application are advisory only.

And finally, the reviewers will review and provide scores for the -- each solicitation based on specific criteria that are outlined in the solicitation. This graph represents the different selection criteria. They are the statement of the problem, which will receive ten percent weight, project design and implementation, which will receive fifty percent, potential impact, which will receive fifteen percent, capabilities and competencies of the research team will receive twenty percent, and the dissemination plan will receive five percent. Reviewers will also consider the budget and may provide comments on that. But that is not weighted in their score. And now I'm going to turn it over to Amy. One second.

AMY LEFFLER: Thanks, Eric. I just want to point everyone to the wealth of information that's on NIJ's website. Here you can find current funding opportunities, previous year's solicitation, and what we've awarded in the past, as well as forthcoming anticipated opportunities can be found here. Past projects can also be reviewed to see what we've funded through the past through this and other programs. I would highly recommend signing up for email updates in order to stay up-to-date on all funding opportunities available at NIJ.

And so where do you go for questions?  Because I'm sure everyone is going to have a question as I can personally see in the Q&A box, probably leaving the solicitation. So for technical questions with your application submission, you should contact grants.gov directly, and all this information that I'm reviewing again can be found directly in the Safety, Health, and Wellness Solicitation.

For question about program requirements and the solicitation itself, contact NCJRS with the email that's listed on the solicitation, and they also have a web chat feature.

You can also go to the current funding opportunities in -- on the nij.gov website. They have an FAQ section there that -- and you can click specifically the Safety, Health, and Wellness or any other open solicitation and see if your question has already been asked. Chances are if you have a good question, someone else may have had the same one. So you can go there and see if your question is there, and if not, NCJRS would be your next best bet to ask your question specific to the solicitation.

Unfortunately, one thing you cannot do is email the program managers and the science staff here at NIJ. We're not allowed to provide advice on the scope or application design for any open and competitive solicitation in order to maintain a fair and open competition. So it's that -- it's that reason that we will direct you directly to NCJRS, and their email is grants@ncjrs.gov. And as one final reminder, you have about 30 days to get your application in to grants.gov. And so there's plenty of time still left, and with that we -- I will turn things back over Mary Jo and go into our question and answer.

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: Hi, everyone. We are going to begin the question and answer portion of the webinar. And before we do so, I want to go over a couple of things real quickly. When you registered, you did have the ability to propose questions to the presenters today. Unfortunately, there has been some technical difficulties with WebEx and we have not been able to pull all of those questions. So what we're going to do right now is we're going to start addressing the questions that you've currently submitted, and then any that we have from the registration, we'll address those later. If you do not hear the question that you asked during registration, go ahead and submit it in the Q&A pane.

And with that said, the other thing I'm going to do is I'm going to switch it back to the information slide about NCJRS and I'm going to leave that up there so that you guys can copy it down or look at it as we go through the questions and answer. Again, as a quick reminder, please do not private message anyone in particular with your question. If you have a question, submit it to the Q&A and submit it to all panelists, please. Otherwise, we may miss your question and it will not get addressed.

So, our first question for today, the second bullet on the page 11 of the solicitation under additional guidance reads, "Each partnering agency organization and individual," the language on page 22, third bullet from the bottom of the page reads "letters of cooperation and support."  Are these two separate items?  Will the MOU between all individual parties cover each item?

BILL FORD: Great question. To answer -- you answered your question. Yes, they are the same items, and sometimes you'll have MOU, sometimes you'll have letters of support of that nature. That information needs to be provided to the institute upon your submission of your application.

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: For Category 1, since research in trauma and acute stress for law enforcement and corrections are at significantly different stages of development, would a proposal need to cover both law enforcement and corrections or just one or the other?

BILL FORD: Again, another great question. For Category 1, it is the case of one or both. It is your choice on how you wish to submit that.

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: For Category 1, are probation and parole officers included in what you consider to be correctional officers for the solicitation?

BILL FORD: One second, I want to -- this question has been asked on -- already, and the NIJ website for the FAQ for this does have an answer that's in the tone and the spirit of the intent of the solicitation. So, I just want to get you the correct information that's on the NIJ FAQ. Employees of law enforcement activities, as defined in Title 29 of the Code of the Federal Regulations, that's CFR, sections 53.211, law enforcement activities are employees who is a uniformed or plainclothes member of the body of an office or subordinates who are employed by the state statute or local ordinance to enforce laws designed to maintain public peace in order to protect both life, property from accidental or unlawful injury. Number two, they have to have the power to arrest, and number three, they are personally undergoing or has undergone -- or will under go -- job training. So, that is the intent of who we wish to have studied. The criminal justice system is very broad. At this time, we are focusing on that group of the population.

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: Does category one include causes of trauma?  Although the category title includes the word, "causes," the text refers only to exposure and impact. Would a project examining ways to reduce causes of traumatic injuries be considered?

BILL FORD: I think that's a great question. And I would suggest that whoever typed that in to a Q and A, work on -- presenting -- how to pose that question to -- or a system -- at grants@ncjrs.com or .gov. Sorry about that. I do you work for the federal government. Gov.

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: We'd like to evaluate the effectiveness of our evidence-based program and local youth detention center more rigorously since may -- many of the detained youth have incarcerated parents, might this be an appropriate category to proposal?

ERIC MARTIN: This is Eric. As the Social Science Analyst for Category 2 comment generally without looking at the actual research proposed, but one thing I would direct you to -- direct you to is as we went over directly from page eight of the solicitation, we have a set of research questions on parental incarceration in jails that NIJ is particularly interested in. But we will accept other robust research questions on that topic area. And one thing that I would say is, you know, make sure as we discussed in the slides, the selection criteria especially the project design and potential impact, make sure that any application submitted speaks to that. But I believe that's all I could say on any given research topic proposal at this time.

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: Can evaluators apply?

BILL FORD: I'm going to ask the person who submitted that question to submit a more narrow topic question in a sense to grants@ncjrs.gov. As you can tell, there are three categories. And the scope, what's inside each category is a little bit different. So, please can you please reference that -- send us a note via grants@ncjrs.gov?

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: Can you please clarify whether applications must focus on both law enforcement and corrections or if corrections staff are enough for a competitive application?

BILL FORD: The intent under Category 1 is to be brought -- and to be challenging in the sense of, it could be law enforcement, it could be corrections, or if someone's ambitious to go after both populations, that'd be great. So, it's open to either of those -- or those three situations.

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: If you are an individual but have a DUNS number as an individual sole proprietor DBA, is it better to keep the DUNS as an individual or input -- or DUNS as an individual. The application appears that DUNS is only needed by organizations.

BILL FORD: I would request that that question be directed to support@grants.gov. That's a question for those folks.

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: Regarding the abstract, I'm having a very difficult time staying at 400 words, I'm at 500 word done, will that disqualify or reject the application?

BILL FORD: Great question. As articulated in the solicitation, there is a word count. There is a page count. Please follow the guidelines there laid out inside the solicitation.

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: Are video files permitted for the application or is a link preferred?

BILL FORD: Great question. I would like for you to please submit that question to grants@ncjrs.gov, so we can provide the appropriate response to -- not just the folks on this solicitation, but to other solicitations also, but that's a great question.

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: For Category 1, what sorts of measures are you looking for in terms of psychological and neurological outcomes?  Can you please provide examples?

BILL FORD: What's inside the solicitation on page six, you're going to read from there. We are looking for markers of stress. It should have a biological bases and could include markers such as changes in saliva cortisol, neuroimaging, heart rate, quality of sleep, an activity tracker type thing. Psychological markers of stress could include measures such as perceived stress or trauma event count. That is from page six from the solicitation.

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: For Category 3 is a demonstration project of a new program  evidence with other populations, would a pre-post data be considered responsive?  Would have time -- I think they're trying to say they would have time series data.

AMY LEFFLER: Thank you for the question. You know, again, I can't comment on the scope of design. However, if you -- staying responsive to the solicitation, is what we opt for.

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: Is juvenile justice administrative data require, strongly desire as part of an evaluation?

AMY LEFFLER: Specific to Category 2 or Category 3? 

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: So, can you follow up please with -- to clarify your question regarding the juvenile administrative data and what category you're interested in?

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: Can evaluators in Category 3 apply?  That was the follow up from an earlier question about evaluators.

AMY LEFFLER: If you do not fall within who cannot apply, all are welcome to apply to the solicitation and staying responsive within the goals of the solicitation.

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: All right. One second. Category 1 emphasizes the use of biological markers which can be difficult to obtain in a criminal justice setting especially within corrections. Would an application that cannot collect these measures be considered?

BILL FORD: Category 1 of the solicitation has a two subcomponent emphasis what's inside of it. Both of those emphasis were be needed to be responsive to a application what's inside Category 1.

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: Do you anticipate one award within each category?

BILL FORD: I -- give me a second while I read this directly from the solicitation. We always have to worry about that as you can be aware. The applicant should submit proposals that address one of the three categories that are identified below. NIJ may -- anticipates that up to $4.5 million will become available for rewards under the solicitation. That's what the solicitation states. We will work what's inside those boundaries as defined on page four of the solicitation.

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: With regards to the question earlier about juvenile justice data, it is for Category 3.

AMY LEFFLER: So, the question was is juvenile justice data required or preferred for Category 3?  Again, that is very dependent on the scope of the research design. If that works with your research design you know, that works with your research design. I cannot comment on your research design, but, you know, we're looking for strong research with -- I'm going to clarify that. We're looking for strong research questions with research designs that are proper and effective in answering those questions. And that is the type of research we are looking to broaden the field and the knowledge within the specific categories.

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: I wanted to verify that under Category 1, types of research of interest that applicants only need to focus on one of the three categories. For example, can an applicant only focus on chronic stress rather than acute stress?

BILL FORD: You'll hear this a lot from the NIJ staff is that it is up to what the applicant wishes to present what's inside their application and put forth.

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: Is it 4.5 million per category or in total for the award?

BILL FORD: This solicitation totality has 4.5 million available to it.

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: At this time, that is all the questions that we have actively here in the webinar. I'm going to -- one question just popped up. Oh, a couple just popped up.

Will NIJ offer certificates of confidentiality, so that biomarker and psychological data cannot be subpoenaed?

BILL FORD: That is a great question and I would suggest please send us an email at grants@ncjrs.gov. And we'll have our Human Subjects and Privacy Officer answer that question.

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: Are there any specific requirements or limitations for paying participants under the age of 18 years?

AMY LEFFLER: That gets at an incentives question, if you do plan to use incentives, please lay out your research plan as you would in your research proposal and justifications. There is no blanket answer for that question at this time.

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: How many awards were -- excuse me. How many awards will be made per category?

BILL FORD: As the solicitation states, there's 4.5 million available for this solicitation in totality. There is no predetermined number of awards per category.

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: Will qualitative methods be accepted under Category 1?

BILL FORD: Depending on how the application and the applicant provides information what's inside each of the categories, the applications will be independently -- individually reviewed on the method as presented.

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: Is biomarker data relevant for Category 3?

AMY LEFFLER: That is a good question. Again, I can't comment on the relevancy of -- we will review individual applications on their merit and design.

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: If the applicant is a university, is it preferred that the proposed research be approved by the institution IRB prior to submission?  It sounds like not required, but encouraged. Can you please explain?

BILL FORD: We suggest that that app -- that question be submitted to our grants@ncjrs.gov. And will allow -- it'll allow for us to have our Human Subjects and Privacy Officer provide the correct answer.

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: To -- one second, I apologize.

To clarify a response to an earlier question regarding Category 1 solicitations, what do you consider to be a correctional officer?  Are probation and parole officers considered correction officers for the solicitation?  This is not clarified in the FAQ.

BILL FORD: With inside 29CFR553.211 are the three major criteria to be considered a law enforcement officer or correctional officer.

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: There are often equipment restrictions and we were curious as the -- if this is extended to equipment for the collection of biomarker data?  I -- that's it. There are often equipment restrictions and we were curious if this extend to equipment for the collection of biomarker data. I'm guessing -- and you can, send up -- there -- questions, kind of, clarifying what you are asking, but are you trying to find out if funds can be used for the purchase of equipment that is used to collect biomarker data?  So, can you please clarify what the question is? 

Application in the abstract asks for a timeline. Our program is a biannual program, six months each. We were asking for support for three years. The 4.5 million that is awarded to six recipients total. We were assuming that is $750,000 and then continued next -- I'm trying to find the rest of your question here, one second. The $750,000 can support three years of our program total of six programs, what would the timeline be?  Is that three years or the time of the program duration?

BILL FORD: NIJ cannot comment on design of approaches. NIJ suggests researchers to do their best what's inside their applications and provide that information to the government for review.

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: We do have a question about the transcript. So, I'll go ahead and address that again. The transcript -- the recording of this webinar as well as the PowerPoint presentation will be posted to the NIJ website in approximately 10 business days. You will receive an email when that information has been posted and there will be direct links to each of the items that I mentioned.

To test cortisol, you have to have a test kit. So, we wanted to verify that we could purchase those kits.

BILL FORD: Reading from page 15 of the solicitation is that this is under budget information of what will not be funded. Applications primarily to purchase equipment materials or supplies, a budget may include these items if they are necessary to conduct research, development, demonstration, evaluation, or analysis.

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: This question is, can we find a definition for timeline?  So, are there -- is there a place where items are defined?

AMY LEFFLER: Timeline of duration of funding?

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: I'm not sure. Can we find definition for timeline?

BILL FORD: We request that you please submit that question to our grants@ncjrs.gov.

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: Okay. One second please, I'm just scrolling to see if I missed anything. All right. So, at this point in time, the questions within the Q and A have been answered. I do have a message here though that there are a lot of questions that were submitted in the chat box and not the Q and A. If you submitted a question to the chat box and it has not been addressed, please re-submit it to the Q and A, and address it to all panelists. In the meantime, there were a couple of questions that we did receive during registration.

Individuals in not -- in violent communities, does this include the causes and effects of stress upon re-entry populations that return to this environments and health wellness and the -- and other outcome?

BILL FORD: NIJ cannot comment on types of design and proposals. As Category 1 does articulate causes and effects of stress and trauma on law enforcement and correctional officers, item one. Item two, individuals in violent communities.

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: When applying for Category 2, can we write a proposal strictly for research and publication of findings on the impact of parental incarceration?  We are not evaluating a program.

ERIC MARTIN: Again, I can't comment on any specific research design. But one thing I do stress is please review the project description on page seven and page eight in the solicitation and make sure that any research proposed is responsive to that project description. There are -- as you can imagine, there are a number of ways you can be responsive, but we cannot discuss or give any information on any specific -- the merits of any specific approach.

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: For Category 2, can a proposal be submitted to conduct research -- oh, that was the question I just asked. I apologize.

At this time, it looks like we have addressed all the questions that we have received. If you feel like we have missed a question that you asked, please submit it to the Q and A. We will give you a few moments at this time. Again, while we're waiting to see if there's any more questions, the slide that is showing right now has the information that you need for grants.gov as well as -- as well as the National Criminal Justice Reference Service. Technical questions should be addressed to grants.gov. Questions about the program requirements or the solicitation can be addressed to ncjrs.gov -- I'm sorry -- yeah, ncjrs@ -- and grants@ncjrs.gov. You can also use their web chat feature and that URL is listed in the slide that is showing. Amy addressed earlier the application deadline and that is March 23rd. As a reminder, don't wait until 9:00 PM or 10:00 PM to submit your application. You best to try to do it to at least 24 hours in advance in case of any technical difficulties. That way, you have an opportunity to work with grants.gov to clear that up.

Can you apply if you were a previous recipient of a smart prosecution grant?

BILL FORD: Eligibility for this solicitation is for -- not for profits, for profits, tribal not for profit, individual state, federal. The only folks that are -- as stated earlier in the presentation are not eligible are foreign governments, foreign organizations, and foreign colleges and universities are not eligible to apply directly.

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: Somebody asked if we were permitted to disclose how many attendees are in this webinar. You actually, I believe, have the ability to see that under the participant panel. But that does not necessarily mean that's how many people have registered for this webinar.

I don't see any other questions at this time. I don't -- I don't know if you want to give them a few more minutes or -- actually, I only have about six minutes left before the scheduled ending time.

AMY LEFFLER: I have -- I have a question on the chat feature. Okay.

Can you have co-PI for the solicitations?  There's no restriction on co-PIs. But again, check the eligibility criteria and description for each -- for each category.

BILL FORD: Under -- with this type of solicitation and I'm looking forward -- I want to read it from the solicitation. There will be -- there's not the ability to co-PIs, there will be a person designated as the prime. If the person who submitted that question please send us an email at grants@ncjrs.gov, we will get you the language from the solicitation that talks about PI.

There is another question that came through chat. I'm going to read the question out loud. "I am a nurse researcher working with children who are exposed to family violence. Is this call only for criminal justice agencies and not academia?"

AMY LEFFLER: No, it looks like -- I may have gone over in Category 3. As long as you're responsive to the research questions and the goal of Category 3, we -- your application will be considered.

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: I think I'm not seeing anything else. Does anybody have any questions that were submitted privately to them?  No?  All right. We just -- we haven't…

BILL FORD: No, I do not.

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: Okay. We only have a few more minutes before the webinar is supposed to end, so I will give you a couple more minutes here -- seconds to, kind of, think of something else. And if we don't have any questions submitted, we will end this webinar.

AMY LEFFLER: And I should -- if it hasn't been made clear, all questions that are submitted to grants@ncjrs will be provided publicly on the FAQ section. In that way, so you can keep checking back to the FAQ section as well. And so, if, you know, everyone that we've mentioned on this webinar to submit your questions, they will -- their responses will be posted. And that's, again, to keep the fairness and competitive nature of the open solicitation. So, everyone has the same information.

MARY JO GIOVACCHINI: All right. There are no other questions at this time. So, I believe we can end this webinar. On behalf of Eric, Amy, and Bill, thank you so much for attending today's webinar. And have a great day.

Date Created: March 3, 2017