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The Community Research Program

The purpose of the Community Research Program is to support indigenous communities in their efforts to save, document, and enliven their languages, cultures, and knowledge systems. Funding brings groups of community scholars from around the world to the Smithsonian to examine specific objects, specimens, and documents related to their heritage and to engage in a dialogue with Smithsonian staff in order to recover and revitalize their language and knowledge. Interdisciplinary projects are encouraged. Projects can have a budget of up to $10,000 in funding through Recovering Voices.

2019 Community Research Applications - Now Open

The 2019 Community Research Program Call for Proposals is now open. This call is for projects to take place in 2019.

2019 Application Materials
2019 Guidelines
2019 Cover page
2019 Budget Template

2019 Supplemental Documents
2019 Budget Supplement
2019 Collections Supplement
2019 Example Budget and Justification

To learn about past supported projects, visit our Community Research page. You will also find information about recent projects on our blog.