The Meertens Institute has a rich tradition of empirical and historical research into processes of change in the fields of language and culture. This long-term research is associated with the creation of an extensive collection: documentation of the collected materials is another key task of the institute. Research within the Meertens Institute is organized into two areas: variationist linguistics and ethnology. The institute also pays special attention to two interconnected multidisciplinary areas of research and methodology: language culture and digital humanities.

On this website each area is described in greater detail, particularly by listing their thematic sub-projects that will be conducted over the years to come, as well as the researchers involved. Where external funding can be obtained, project teams can be expanded to include PhD students or postdoctoral researchers. Each project will make use of options for external fundraising.