The National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research has announced grants totaling $9.8 million in support of gun policy research.
Launched in 2018 with $20 million from Arnold Ventures and administered by the RAND Corporation, the collaborative seeks to build an evidence base and fill gaps in knowledge around the use of firearms, with the aim of supporting the development of fair and effective gun policies. Selected from nearly two hundred and fifty applications, seventeen projects focused on topics ranging from suicide, to school violence, to officer-involved shootings were awarded grants ranging from $25,000 to $2.1 million.
Funded efforts include a project at the University of Chicago, which will partner with the Chicago Police Department to develop and test a training program designed to improve police officers' decision making in high-stakes situations and reduce police shootings; a three-year evaluation by researchers at Sandy Hook Promise and University of Michigan to assess the effectiveness of programs aimed at reducing gun violence in schools; a study by Northeastern University on the use of safe firearm storage practices; a Yale University study focused on the use of guns in threats, intimidation, and coercion against more than four hundred female victims of domestic violence; and an effort by the Center for Court Innovation to interview hundreds of disadvantaged youth from urban neighborhoods about their experiences with guns and how they decide whether to carry them.
"America needs evidence-based answers on the causes of gun violence and how to prevent it," said collaborative director Andrew Morral. "These research projects, selected first and foremost for their rigor, will generate evidence for informing policy that protects the public and preserves the rights of responsible gun owners."
For a complete list of grants, see the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research website.