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Cooperative Agreement - Advancing Research on Offender Behavioral Change: Sanctions and Incentives
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The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. The purpose of this solicitation is further the research to promote the use of responses to behavioral change that support offender pro-social self-change.

Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables

This competitive solicitation will fund the development of a research agenda to further the research around the effective use of behavioral interventions to support offender pro-social self-change.


  1. Identify current evidence-based practices and best practices with the application of sanctions and incentives utilized by the community corrections field that promote offender pro-social self-change.
  2. Further the research by developing a research agenda that will address the knowledge and
  3. Address the literature gap around the application of sanctions and incentives as an evidence-based approach to support offender behavior modification.


In addition to the strategy and content of the program design, the successful applicant must complete the following deliverables during the project period. The program narrative should reflect how the applicant will accomplish these activities.

  1. Develop research design to identify what best practices exist for incorporating sanctions and incentives into a comprehensive behavioral management model.
  2. Develop a white paper summarizing research findings.
  3. Based on research findings develop a research agenda to expand the body of knowledge around the effective use of behavioral interventions to support offender pro-social self-change.
  4. Develop a report, for community corrections practitioners, outlining approaches to build an accumulative body of research that supports the effective use of sanctions and incentives within community supervision models.

DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on July 3, 2017.

Please note effective July 1, 2013 the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) was merged to the System for Award Management (SAM).  The SAM registry and Frequently Asked Questions can be reached at  Please note that the registration process can take up to 1-3 weeks, so please plan accordingly.

Posted Wed, May 3 2017 12:17 PM by Susan Powell


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