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.
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.
- Eligible projects are those that can advance the development and/or implementation of gun violence prevention policy and practice within the next 3 years.
- The following research topics are of particular interest:
- Research on risk factors for fatal and non-fatal shootings, including prior criminal involvement, history of domestic abuse, mental illness, and other risk factors such as alcohol and substance abuse;
- Research that evaluates specific gun violence prevention policies, including their implementation and enforcement, and their effects on lawful gun owners;
- Research that evaluates policies and strategies for reducing gun violence in urban communities;
- Research on risk and resilience factors associated with community gun violence and its prevention, including factors at the individual, interpersonal, family, and community levels
- Research that evaluates laws and policies designed to impact supply side factors, such as gun dealer licensing laws, and the impact of these laws on outcomes such as crime gun export rates, time-to-crime rates, straw purchasing, and theft from gun stores;
- Research on the characteristics of firearm suicide events, and evaluation of the effectiveness of policies and interventions for firearm suicide prevention;
- Research on the benefits and costs of policies and strategies directed to lawful firearm owners to promote household and community safety, including firearm safety training, practices for firearm transfer, firearm storage practices, and public carrying of firearms; and
- Comparative analyses that draw on the variation in city, state, or regional policies and programs to produce actionable data about their impact.
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:
- What question(s) will the project seek to answer and how will it build on existing knowledge?
- How will the project advance the field of gun violence prevention?
- How will the results inform the development or implementation of specific gun violence prevention policies?
- Does the project address a priority research topic(s) indicated above?
- What is the proposed research methodology?
- What is the expected completion date?
- What is the budget for the project?
- How will you disseminate the results?
- Are there other funders for the project? Do you have any proposals pending or do you plan to submit other proposals to support all or a portion of the project?
- What are the qualifications and experience of the proposed research team?
- Will the project expand the pool of researchers working in the field of gun violence prevention?
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:
- Executive summary (1-2 pages);
- Project narrative (up to 10 pages), including the research question(s) to be addressed, how the proposed project would address them, key relevant challenges to the project and the strategies to address the challenges, and plans for dissemination of findings;
- Description of the organization, including its background, purpose, objectives, and experience in the area for which funds are sought;
- Itemized project budget with narrative, current and pending funding sources, amount of funds requested, the proposed use, and the time period over which funds will be expended;
- Names and qualifications of people involved in the project;
- Board members, their titles, outside affiliations, and telephone numbers;
- Organizational expenses and income for previous, current, and coming fiscal year;
- Audited financial statements and Internal Revenue Service Form 990 plus attachments for the most recently completed fiscal year;
- Internal Revenue Service verification that the organization is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization and qualifies as a public charity as defined in IRS Code section509 (a)(1), (2), or (3). A copy of the IRS tax-exempt determination letter must accompany the proposal.
Applications will be considered based on the following criteria:
- Likelihood that project will yield significant, unbiased information relevant to the understanding of gun violence prevention
- Relevance to priority research questions
- Experience of research team in gun violence prevention research, or similar relevant research
- Likelihood that the team will be able to successfully complete the proposed research with the funds requested in the time frame proposed
Letters of intent should be submitted electronically to Jenny Sargent at the New Venture Fund email@example.com. Questions regarding this RFP may also be addressed to Jenny Sargent.
Date issued: Monday, March 30, 2020