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SPSSI Action Grants for Experienced Scholars

The SAGES Program was set up to encourage our retired members to apply their knowledge to helping solve social problems or to assist policy makers to solve social problems. Proposals are invited that use social science research findings to address social problems through direct action projects, consulting with not-for-profit groups, or through preparing reviews of existing social science literature that could be used by policy makers.  Funds are not normally provided for travel to conventions, travel or living expenses while conducting research, stipends of principal investigators, costs associated with manuscript preparation, or the indirect costs of institutions. 


Retired SPSSI members.  Members nearing retirement may be considered.

Click here to view previous Sages Program Winners!


  • Kathleen Malley-Morrison, PhD: Engaging Peace: Linking academic peace studies and grassroots peace activism
  • Sam McFarland, PhD: Educating on the Influences of Science on the Advance of Human Rights
  • Gila Kornfeld-Jacobs, PhD: Advancing immigrant psychosocial wellbeing: A counseling program for immigrant students
  • Arie Nadler, PhD: The Social Psychology of Helping Interactions: Research on Seeking, Giving and Receiving Help and Its Applications
  • Jacquelyn White, PhD: Project PREVENT: Preventing Violence against Women and Children by Engaging Information Technology
  • Robert McCall, PhD: Toward Family Care Alternatives to Institutionalization: An Evaluation of "Collective Fostering" in China
  • Rupert Brown, PhD: Assisting a fraught community: an extended contact intervention to reduce prejudice in young children
  • Oliva Espin, PhD: Theater as a Pedagogical Shortcut to Encourage the Adaptation of Immigrant Girls to their New Environment
  • Ian Lubek, PhD: Collaborative empowerment to reduce risks of HIV/AIDS in Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Louis J. Medvene, PhD: Promoting Collaborative research opportunities around person-centered caregiving with long-term care residents with and without dementia
  • Lou Penner, PhD: The effects of explicit and implicit racial bias on racially discordant medical interactions
  • Fran Cherry, PhD: The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI): Aspirations for Global Justice as seen through its work with the United Nations (1948-2008)
  • Leslie Jackson, PhD: Curriculum Development: Graduate Clinical-Community Practicum with a non-profit community agency working with homeless teenage mothers
  • Bruce J. Biddle, PhD: The Unacknowledged Disaster: Youth Poverty and Educational Failure in America
  • Keith Davis, PhD: Changing Carolina
  • Patricia Greenfield, PhD: Bridging Cultures: Latino Immigrant Parents and their Children
  • Warren Thorngate, PhD: Changing hearts: Using amateur videos in a dialogue among civilizations
  • Marc Pilisuk, PhD: Developing a Venue for Continued Psychology Input Regarding Policy on Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Howard J. Ehrlich, PhD: The Production of Pathology: The Social Function of Local TV News
  • Ethel Tobach, PhD: The Role of Pacific Rim Psychologists in Building Peace, Resolving Conflict and Preventing Violence

Funding requests in the range of $1,000 to $10,000 can be submitted for direct costs related to the project. This can be spent over a two-year period. Money can be used for hiring staff (including clerical assistance), computing fees, travel, telephone, or other justifiable expenses. Funding cannot be used as a stipend for the applicant. Funds are not normally provided for travel to conventions, travel or living expenses while conducting research, stipends of principal investigators, costs associated with manuscript preparation, or the indirect costs of institutions.   Proposals will be evaluated in terms of how well they build on existing social science research and theory, the feasibility of the project, and the importance of the project.


APPLY ONLINE NOW!  Online submissions are the preferred method.  Please limit the number and size of files uploaded when applying online.

For hard copy submissions, please send five copies to SPSSI, 208 I St. NE, Washington, DC 20002-4340. Attn: SAGES. 

Proposals should include a brief review of the relevant literature underlying the project (no more than 5 pages), a timetable, a detailed budget, and the vita of the person applicant.   The applicant’s employment status must be clearly specified, along with a statement of SPSSI membership. Projects that involve collaboration with some organization should include a letter from the sponsoring organization.  


This is an annual award. Completed applications must be received by April 15th. The winner will be announced by June 15th. 

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