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Gun Violence Prevention Research

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 United States, with over 110,000 Americans injured or killed by firearms every year. Firearm deaths continue to be a significant and growing public health problem in the United States. In 2020, the CDC has reported that 79% of all homicides and 53% of all suicides involved firearms. These rates are the highest recorded in 25 years. These data also find widening racial and ethnic disparities in firearm injury and death, with the greatest increase among non-white groups.

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/unintentional shootings. The Fund supports local, state, and national-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 applied research within the next three years 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 three 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

Eligible projects are those that can advance the development and/or implementation of gun violence prevention policy and practice within the next three years.

The following research topics are of particular interest:

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit a brief (up to 3 pages) letter of intent (LOI) no later than Friday, September 9, 2022 outlining the proposed project. The LOI should address the following questions:

LOIs will be reviewed by a research advisory group, who 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 to their LOIs by Friday, September 30, with full proposals due no later than Monday, October 31, 2022.

Full proposals should include:

The expected start date for the project should be around January 1, 2023 with an expected completion date within three years of the start date.

Applications will be considered based on the following criteria:

Contact information:

Letters of intent should be submitted electronically to Alejandro Albanez at the New Venture Fund Please contact with any questions about the RFP.

Date issued: Wednesday, July 27, 2022. Date extended: Thursday, August 25, 2022.