The SAGES Program: SPSSI Action Grants for Experienced Scholars

This program recognizes SPSSI members who are age 60 and over and/or retired members who apply their knowledge to help solve social problems or assist policy makers to do so.

Deadline: April 15, 2015

Sponsor: Division 9


The SAGES Program was established in order to encourage SPSSI members age 60 or over and retired members to apply their knowledge to help solve social problems or to assist policy makers to solve social issues. 

The program recognized members that use social science research findings to address social problems through direct action projects, consulting with non-profit groups, or through preparing reviews of existing social science literature that could be used to make public policy. 

Funding requests in the range of $1,000-$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. 

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.

SPSSI members over the age of 60 and/or retired.
How to Apply

Proposals should include: 

  • The applicant’s age and employment status (must be clearly specified). 
  • A brief review of the relevant literature underlying the project (no more than 5 pages).
  • A timetable.
  • A detailed budget.
  • The vita of the person applicant. 
  • Statement of SPSSI membership. 
  • A letter from any collaborating sponsorship organization, if applicable. 

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:

208 I St. NE,
Washington, DC 20002-4340

Past Recipients

Bruce J. Biddle; Keith Davis; Patricia Greenfield; Warren Thorngate; Marc Pilisuk; Howard J. Ehrlich; Ethel Tobach; Lena Wright Myers; Viola Garcia; Nathan Kogan; Rosemary Hays-Thomas, PhD; Cristina Herencia, PhD