ANNOUNCEMENT - Become a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Peer Reviewer 

The NIJ grant making process relies on the expertise of scientists and criminal justice practitioners to review applications and provide feedback on the scientific rigor and merit of the application.

The NIJ is interested in expanding its pool of peer reviewers. Peer reviewers provide an important service to NIJ and the field through critical feedback.

Who We Are Looking For

NIJ draws peer reviewers from diverse disciplines, backgrounds and regions of the country. We are looking for research and technical experts in the following areas:

  • Trafficking in Persons
  • Firearms Violence
  • Mass Shootings
  • School Safety
  • Terrorism
  • Gangs
  • Persistently Violent Communities
  • Hate Crime

Potential peer reviewers should have strong research skills including specialized knowledge in the research process, research design, survey design, statistical analysis, and knowledge of the content areas indicated above.

What Peer Review Entails

Generally, reviewers are given three weeks to evaluate approximately 10-15 applications and then participate in a consensus call, webinar or in-person meeting to discuss applications.

Our peer review period will begin in early spring 2018 and be completed by August 2018. More specific timelines will be provided if and when a reviewer is selected for service on a specific solicitation. 

On average, reviewers spend two-four hours per application and we provides nominal compensation of $125 for each application reviewed. The intangible benefits of participating in peer review may include networking with experts with similar interests, professional experience, and learning about the latest developments in certain topics.

Become a Peer Reviewer

If you are interested in being considered to be a peer reviewer for NIJ, please send an up-to-date resume or curriculum vitae, including a valid email address, to OJP Peer Review. You then will be contacted and given access to OJP's Peer Review Database.

Please note that by entering your information into the OJP Peer Reviewer Database, you will be included within a pool of potential reviewers that may be selected and invited to participate in reviews by NIJ’s sister agencies: the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, and the Office for Victims of Crime.