The Office of Grants and Research (OGR) is the arm of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) that serves as the State Administrative Agency for federal criminal justice, highway safety, and homeland security funds. Additionally, OGR is the home of the EOPSS's Research and Policy Analysis Division, which uses research and evaluation to inform criminal justice and public safety work in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The goals of the OGR include:

  • Improving community safety and local preparedness by providing resources to communities based on need;
  • Investing in innovative programs;
  • Granting awards based on national and state priorities;
  • Fostering collaboration across jurisdictions by delivering grant dollars with a regional approach;
  • Reducing fatalities, injuries, and economic losses related to motor-vehicle crashes on Massachusetts roadways;
  • Making funding decisions that are in part based on research, empirical data, and best practices; and
  • Ensuring that the grant awarding process is open, competitive, and in compliance with federal and state guidelines.


In addition to administering grants, OGR provides many services to government and non-profit agencies through various trainings and technical assistance, publications, and data sharing.


The OGR is comprised of five "Divisions:"


Ellen J. Frank

Executive Director