Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Funding Opportunity: CDC National Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention


On January 6, 2021, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released 

RFA-CE-21-005, The CDC National Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention 

(YVPCs): Rigorous Evaluation of Prevention Strategies to Prevent and Reduce Community 

Rates of Youth Violence. CDC intends to commit up to $6,000,000 in FY 2021 to fund up to 

five YVPCs for a period of up to five years.

The YVPCs funded under this announcement will partner with one or more communities with 

high rates of youth violence and establish a youth advisory council to inform the implementation

and evaluation of prevention strategies. Professional development and training activities for 

early career and junior researchers will be integrated into center activities. Funded YVPCs will 

rigorously evaluate at least two prevention strategies to address at least two research areas, 


  • Social and structural conditions that reduce racial and ethnic inequities and 
  • community rates of youth violence.
  • Homicide and severe violence-related injuries experienced by youth.
  • Hospital-based youth violence prevention strategies.
  • Leveraging online platforms for youth violence prevention.

Youth violence is a critical public health issue that has significant short- and long-term negative 

impacts on youth, their families, and their communities. Homicide, for example, was the third 

leading cause of death in 2018 for young people aged 10-24 years in the United States. 

CDC’s YVPCs have significantly advanced the science and practice of youth violence 

prevention to demonstrate communities can stop youth violence before it starts.

For More Information

This Notice of Funding Opportunity can be found at:

Letter of Intent requested by: February 5, 2021

Applications due: April 21, 2021 

Pre-application teleconference to address prospective applicants' questions:

January 27, 2021 at 12:00pm Eastern Time

Toll-Free Number: 1-866-600-6035; use Passcode 23198543# when prompted