Jacobs Research Funds (JRF) supports projects involving fieldwork with living aboriginal
peoples of North and South America. Priority is given to research on endangered
cultures and languages, and to research on the Pacific Northwest (the Pacific
Coast from Northern California to Alaska and the Columbia Plateau in British
Columbia, Washington, Oregon and Idaho). The JRF does not support research on
non-aboriginal peoples, nor on peoples outside the Americas.
that produce new data are the highest priority, including proposals to
digitize, transcribe and translate old materials that might otherwise become
lost or inaccessible. Projects that only process, analyze, present, or publish
previously gathered data, whether in an archive or personal collection, are of
funded projects fall within linguistics (including ethnolinguistics,
sociolinguistics, and world view) or anthropology (including social-cultural
anthropology, social organization, political organization, and folk taxonomy).
Projects in religion, mythology, music, dance, and other arts are also eligible.
that are not supported include those in archeology, physical anthropology,
applied anthropology, and applied linguistics (for example, grants exclusively
for technological improvements, development of pedagogical materials, and the
like). Nor does the JRF fund research on non-aboriginal (post-Columbian)
cultures and languages of the Americas.
It is expected that both the subjects of
research and society in general will ultimately benefit from the knowledge
generated by the funded research. The JRF therefore does not support
proprietary research; that is, research for the exclusive use of any public or
private entity (such as national, state, provincial, or local governments;
charities, churches or foundations; tribes or bands; or community groups).