Partnership to Advance Research and Scientific Evidence (PARSE) Grant Opportunity

The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to implement the Partnership to Advance Research and Scientific Evidence (PARSE), a project to generate evidence-based research to counter crime, illegal drugs, and instability abroad. Expected results are twofold. First the project should generate the identification of priority research themes, areas, or questions. Second, the project will enable the production of select synthesis reports and novel studies. Both results must fill public knowledge gaps by providing rigorous, relevant, actionable, and contextually diverse (international) insight on “what works best” to advance sustainable and effective criminal justice systems, approaches, and practices. Through actionable AND scientifically substantiated knowledge, the project results should be able to inform strategies or approaches to improve civilian security, mitigate internal and transnational threats and risks, and contribute to stable criminal justice institutions amongst U.S. partners abroad. 

Applicants must be able to generate results that clearly, concretely, and compellingly convey evidence-based findings to non-scholarly audiences within the rule of law community. These audiences include but are not limited to law enforcement and justice sector officials as well as other decision makers and practitioners involved in policy formulation, program design, and strategic/operational/project/tactical implementation. Resulting research should also be framed by the possibility to extrapolate and adapt evidence-based and actionable findings to multiple countries and/or contexts.  

The selected applicant should expect to work in close cooperation with INL.  

Contingent upon performance, relevance, and fund availability INL will consider the expansion of the project to develop additional research products. 

Please review or forward the full solicitation at this link: 

The deadline for submission of applications is August 12, 2024, by 11:59 PM EST via

INL/KM will host a discussion session on July 15, 2024. This session is open to all applicants wishing to join and will serve as an opportunity for participants to ask any questions about the project. If you are interested in joining the session, please forward your name, organization name, email address, and phone number to SiMonique Stallworth ( and Alejandra Bolanos ( by July 11, 2024, 11:59 PM EST.