Strong Response to Call for Proposals on Gun Violence Reduction

February 10, 2020

The National Collaborative’s latest request for proposals (RFP) again prompted a strong response from a broad group of researchers.

The collaborative received 238 letters of interest in response to the RFP calling for high-quality research projects on gun policy and gun violence reduction. Submissions closed on February 4.

Collaborative Director Andrew Morral said: “There continues to be tremendous demand among researchers from diverse disciplines for scarce funds to support research on gun policy. It looks likely that we will again be able to make close to $10 million in grant awards to support science in this area.”

This year’s RFP sought proposals for research projects that assessed several priority topic areas, including urban gun violence, domestic gun violence, mass shootings, gun suicides, and officer-involved shootings.

This round of grants is expected to fund 10 to 25 research awards, including six or more dissertation awards and up to two postdoctoral research fellowship awards.

In 2020 the collaborative also partnered with the Missouri Foundation for Health to set aside $1.5 million in funding for gun violence prevention and gun policy projects relevant to Missouri.

Thirty-two submissions were received for research proposals relevant to Missouri, which has some of the nation’s highest rates of gun violence.

The set-aside will fund research that investigates programs, policies, or interventions used in or developed for Missouri, or that studies the experiences of Missourians, and that produces findings that will inform decision-makers in Missouri.

All of the submissions will be independently assessed by two Ph.D. reviewers with relevant expertise, before the collaborative’s independent Research Advisory Committee invites some applicants to submit full proposals.

Applicants can expect to receive feedback from the collaborative in early March.

Last year the collaborative awarded nearly $10 million in funding to 17 research projects, including four dissertation projects.