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Deadline:  February 15th

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Spivack (CARI)
American Sociological Association
1430 K Street, NW  Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 383-9005;

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Community Action Research Initiative (CARI) Grant

The Sydney S. Spivack Program in
Applied Social Research and Social Policy

Deadline: February 15th

Program Description
To encourage sociologists to undertake community action projects that bring social science knowledge, methods, and expertise to bear in addressing community-identified issues and concerns. Grant applications are encouraged from sociologists seeking to work with community organizations, local public interest groups, or community action projects. Appointments will run for the duration of the project, whether the activity is to be undertaken during the year, in the summer, or for other time-spans.


Applications are encouraged from sociologists in academic settings, research institutions, private and non-profit organizations, and government. Advanced graduate students are eligible to apply, but the funding cannot be used to support doctoral dissertation research. Funding also may not be used for the Principal Investigator's salary or for travel beyond the local area.

Non sociologists that are doing sociology based research are eligible to apply. The selection committee is tasked to determine if the research proposals deserves funding based on the information provided in the application on their research and the community organization that will benefit.

While ASA membership is not a criterion for applying or being selected for this grant, if and when a grant award is made, the recipient must be a current ASA member. ASA membership involves acceptance of and adherence to the ASA Code of Ethics, which is critical to the implementation of the grant project. Grantees must also provide documentation of pertinent IRB approval for the funded project.


Project Ideas
Sociologists are expected to work in relevant community organizations. The proposed work can include such activities as needs assessments, empirical research relevant to community activities or action planning, the design and/or implementation of evaluation studies, or analytic review of the social science literature related to a policy issue or problem. Innovative placements and plans are encouraged. They may also be called upon by ASA to participate in press briefings, testimony, or other presentations related to the subject area of the fellowship. Standard research projects, however interesting, are not appropriate for this funding. The goal of this program is to link sociologists with community action groups and to use sociological research to advance the goals of those groups.


Grants are likely to range from $1,000 - $3,000 to cover direct costs associated with the project; these funds cannot be used as a salary stipend (including course release). Use of CARI funds for indirect costs is not allowed.

Approximately four to eight awards will be made each year.


Application Process
Applications will be accepted until February 15th. Applications should include the following:

If sending your application materials electronically, please send applications in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat format to Include "CARI Application" in the title of your email correspondence.


If sending your application materials via postal delivery, please send to:

Spivack Community Action Research Initiative
American Sociological Association
1430 K Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005