The Sociological Initiatives Foundation was established to support research that furthers social change, including language learning and behavior and its intersection with social and policy questions. The foundation supports projects that address institutional rather than individual or behavioral change, as well as initiatives that provide insight into sociological and linguistic issues that can be useful to specific groups and/or communities.
To that end, grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded for research projects focused on social policy; institutional and educational practices; linguistic issues (e.g., literacy, language loss and maintenance, language policy, language and national security, bilingualism, language and gender, language and law, language disabilities, language and health, language and education, different language cultures); and community capacity and the organization of previously unorganized groups. Preference will be given to subjects that tend to be underfunded and to projects of a size where an SFI grant can make a difference.
To be eligible, applicants must be considered tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Short concept proposals must be received no later than August 15, 2017. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by November 2017.
See the SIF website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.