The University of California Firearm Violence Research Center (UCFC) — established at UC Davis in 2017 with funding from the State of California – is awarding research grants to investigators at public universities in California.
The grant program reflects California’s leadership role in supporting efforts to generate new knowledge about firearm violence and its prevention. The grant funding also comes at a time of historic change in national support for this research.
“For the first time in over 20 years, Congress approved federal funding for gun safety research in the 2020 budget,” said Garen Wintemute, director of the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program, which is home to UCFC. “Our grants program for California researchers aims to assist new and early-stage investigators, as well as established investigators in other fields, as they build programs of research on firearm violence.
“We hope our support will help them compete for federal grant funds from the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute of Justice and National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research,” he said.
UCFC is accepting proposals for research grants on the causes, consequences and prevention of firearm violence in California and for evaluations of policies and interventions to reduce firearm violence in California. It will award grants of up to $75,000 for studies led by investigators at University of California campuses and smaller grants of up to $10,000 to investigators at California public universities. The deadline for submitting proposals for the grant awards is May 1, 2020. Details about both award opportunities are available on the UCFC website.
UCFC’s mission is to conduct basic, translational and transformative research that provides sound scientific evidence on the nature, causes, consequences and prevention of firearm violence. It promotes the adoption of evidence-based firearm violence prevention measures. Through education and training, it also expands and extends these efforts.
The grant award program also increases the number of public research universities in California conducting research on firearm violence. To date, UCFC has supported research at seven California public universities, including UC Davis.