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This challenge is no longer accepting new submissions.

NIJ Randomized Controlled Trial Challenge in Criminal Justice Agencies

To encourage the use of Randomized Controlled Trials in the criminal justice field, NIJ is issuing this Challenge for timely and innovative RCTs that address meaningful criminal justice problems.

Department of Justice - Office of Justice Programs

Total Cash Prizes Offered: $300,000
Type of Challenge: Scientific
Submission Start: 07/08/2014 12:00 PM ET
Submission End: 01/04/2016 12:00 PM ET

This challenge is externally hosted.

You can view the challenge details here:


This competition hopes to create incentives for agencies to use low-cost RCTs as a standard and straightforward approach to answering their questions and conducting their day-to-day business operations. Prizes will be awarded to the first five agencies to complete five successful RCTs.