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How to Become an OJP Peer Reviewer

If you are interested in being a peer reviewer for OJP grant applications, see more information below for the expertise required for each OJP program office. Note: Neither you nor anyone else from your organization or entity can be a peer reviewer in a competition in which you or your organization/entity has submitted an application.

Have you been selected as a Peer Reviewer?

See the OJP Peer Reviewer Resources below to help you get started.

Bureau of Justice Assistance

BJA is looking for subject experts with diverse professional backgrounds across various criminal justice fields.  Reviewers will participate remotely and will review 5-15 applications within a two-week period.  If interested, send an email with "Peer Reviewer Candidate Resume" in the subject line to [email protected].  A current resume/curriculum vitae and a valid email address must both be included.

National Institute of Justice

NIJ draws reviewers for both its ad hoc and standing review panels from diverse backgrounds and regions who have relevant expertise and experience in at least one of the following areas:

  • Crime control and prevention research
  • Criminology, law enforcement or corrections
  • DNA analysis, research and development
  • Information and sensor technologies
  • Investigative and forensic science and technology
  • Justice systems research
  • Law enforcement technologies
  • Violence and victimization research

Some ad hoc reviews are conducted remotely, whereas others involve in-person meetings.  Reviewers score 10 to 15 applications within a two-to-four-week period.  Before beginning their work, reviewers must participate in an orientation telephone call, which covers the role and responsibilities of the reviewers and the background and purpose of the grant program under review.

If you are interested, start the enrollment process by e-mailing [email protected].  Please include your contact information and resumé.

Learn more about becoming a peer reviewer for NIJ

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Office for Victims of Crime

OVC is seeking reviewers from diverse backgrounds and regions to assess grant applications. Reviewers should have relevant experience in the field of victim assistance and expertise at the local, state, federal, or tribal levels in areas including, but not limited to, the following:

  • female genital mutilation and cutting
  • domestic violence and sexual assault
  • child and elder abuse
  • fraud and identity theft
  • human trafficking
  • ethics in victim services
  • victims' rights
  • compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma
  • mass violence and crisis response
  • restitution
  • homicide
  • assaults
  • victim impact
  • law enforcement response to victims of crime
  • criminal justice or legal advocacy and
  • victim compensation

All reviews are conducted electronically and, typically, reviewers assess and score approximately 12 to 15 applications within a 2 week period.  Before beginning their work, reviewers must participate in an orientation telephone call, which covers the roles and responsibilities of the reviewers and the background and purpose of the grant program under review.  Reviewers must also enter their scores and comments to an automated data system, and participate in a consensus call with all other reviewers on their assigned panel.

If you are interested in becoming a peer reviewer, please send an up-to-date resume or curriculum vitae, including a valid email address, to [email protected].

Learn more about becoming a peer reviewer for OVC

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

OJJDP invites researchers and practitioners with expertise related to juvenile justice to apply to serve as peer reviewers. Applicants should indicate their juvenile justice-related knowledge and expertise, including: gangs, mentoring, substance abuse, tribal juvenile justice, Internet crimes against children, etc. As there are typically more reviewers available than are needed for the number of applications going to peer review, it is not always possible to invite all qualified reviewers to participate. Prospective matches will be contacted via email with an inquiry about availability and interest.

All reviews are conducted electronically and, typically, reviewers assess and score up to 15 applications within a 2-week period. Before beginning their work, reviewers must participate in an orientation telephone call, which covers the roles and responsibilities of the reviewers and the background and purpose of the grant program under review. Reviewers must also enter their scores and comments to an automated data system, and participate in a reviewer collaboration session with all other reviewers on their assigned panel.

To apply, e-mail a current résumé or curriculum vitae to [email protected].

Learn more about becoming a peer reviewer for OJJDP

Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking

The SMART Office needs grant application reviewers with relevant expertise, from diverse backgrounds, regions and experience in at least one of the following areas:

  • criminology, law enforcement, and corrections
  • sex offender management
  • juvenile justice
  • tribal communities
  • victim services
  • sex offender treatment and monitoring
  • information technology

Reviewers will participate remotely and will not be required to attend any in-person meetings.  Participants will review and score 10 - 20 applications within a 2-week period.  Reviewers are also required to participate in an Orientation Call before beginning their review.  The purpose of the Orientation Call is to define the role and responsibilities of the peer reviewers as well as the background and purpose of the grant program being peer reviewed.

 If interested in becoming a peer reviewer, please submit an up-to-date resume or curriculum vitae, including a valid e-mail address, to:  [email protected].

Learn more about becoming a peer reviewer for SMART

We encourage you to apply or to pass along this information to other subject matter experts in your organization or in your community.

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OJP Peer Reviewer Resources

If you have been selected as an OJP Peer Reviewer, you will need to register with the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Digital Identity & Access Management Directory System (DIAMD) to proceed to the next step in accessing the new Justice Grants System (JustGrants) where applications are peer reviewed.

Following are resources to assist you with registering for JustGrants access as well as logging into the Peer Review Portal once you have been granted access:

1. Peer Reviewer Onboarding Quick Reference Guide


2. Registering for a Peer Reviewer Account eLearning video
In this eLearning video, selected Peer Reviewers learn the steps to register for their JustGrants Peer Reviewer account.

3. Logging into the Peer Review Portal eLearning video
In this eLearning video, selected Peer Reviewers learn the steps to log into the Peer Review Portal, once they are granted access.

Date Created: May 4, 2021