The Sociological Initiatives Foundation supports social change by linking research to social action. The foundation funds research projects that investigate laws, policies, institutions, regulations, and normative practices that may limit equality in the United States and its territories and gives priority to projects that seek to address racism, xenophobia, classism, gender bias, exploitation, or the violation of human rights and freedoms. The foundation also supports research that furthers language learning and behavior and its intersection with social and policy questions.
To advance this mission, the foundation invites applications for community-led projects that link an explicit research design to a concrete connection to public or community impact. Grants of between $10,000 and $20,000 will be awarded. The foundation supports research that focuses on improving services and systems and increasing positive social and physical conditions through policy development, placement and shaping of the policy agenda, policy adoption or implementation, policy blocking, increasing advocacy capacity and political influence, shaping public sentiment, and addressing challenges related to language and literacy. Language issues include literacy, language loss and maintenance, language policy, language national security, bilingualism, language and gender, language and law, language disabilities, language and health, language and education, different language cultures, and second language acquisition.
In the context of social and racial inequality dating back centuries, the foundation supports projects that address institutional rather than individual or behavioral change. It seeks to fund research and initiatives that provide insight into sociological and linguistic issues that can help specific groups and communities expand opportunities and challenge injustices.
Preference will be given to community-led academic partnerships applications, advocacy or community groups that conduct research that can withstand challenges in academic and policy arenas, and academics allied with a constituency through their research.
Please contact Daniel Hadley if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.