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The Fund for a Safer Future, a project of the New Venture Fund, is pleased to announce this request for proposals to support research that will help answer the question:
What works to prevent gun violence?


Gun violence takes a serious toll in the U.S., with over 100,000 Americans injured or killed by firearms every year. The Fund for a Safer Future is a donor collaborative committed to achieving effective public policies to reduce gun injuries and deaths, including homicides, suicides and accidental shootings. The Fund supports national and state-level projects to inform and advance evidence-based policy reform. Expanding research to inform the prevention of gun violence is a core priority of the Fund.

The Fund is announcing this competitive funding opportunity for academic institutions and researchers, to support projects that will inform the policy and practice of gun violence prevention. The fundamental goal of this funding is to produce within the next 3 years applied research that can be used to advance the development and/or implementation of gun violence prevention policies or strategies.

Grant Awards

The Fund will support projects with a total budget of between $25,000 and $250,000 that will result in peer-reviewed, published articles within 3 years.


Non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education and individuals associated with institutions of higher education are eligible to apply. Please note that primary investigators who currently have an active grant from Fund for a Safer Future are not invited to apply, though there is no restriction on applications from affiliated institutions or researchers.

Research Priorities

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit a brief (up to 3 pages) letter of intent (LOI) no later than Friday, June 5 outlining the proposed project. The LOI should address the following questions:

LOIs will be reviewed by a research advisory group, which will evaluate the LOI based on the responses to these questions. Selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals. Note that the project budgets may include up to 15% in indirect costs.

Applicants will receive a response by Monday, June 22 with full proposals due no later than Friday, July 31, 2020.

Full proposals should include:

Applications will be considered based on the following criteria:

Contact information:

Letters of intent should be submitted electronically to Jenny Sargent at the New Venture Fund Questions regarding this RFP may also be addressed to Jenny Sargent.

Date issued: Monday, March 30, 2020