National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
09/16/19 5:00 PM Submitter's Local Time
Grants starting at $12,000 to USA IHEs, nonprofit organizations, unaffiliated individuals, and tribal organizations for scholarly research on endangered human languages. Funding is intended to support language recording and documentation; the creation of infrastructures to preserve and increase access to such documentation; and the development of computational tools and methods consistent with linguistic theory and practice.
Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) is a joint funding program of the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop and advance scientific and scholarly knowledge concerning endangered human languages. Made urgent by the imminent death of roughly half of the approximately 7000 currently used human languages, DEL seeks not only to acquire scientific data that will soon be unobtainable, but to integrate, systematize, and make the resulting linguistic findings widely available by exploiting advances in information technology.
Principal Investigators (PIs) and Applicants for Fellowships (Applicants) may propose projects involving one or more of the following three emphasis areas:
1. Language Description: To conduct fieldwork to record in digital audio and video format one or more endangered languages; to carry out the early stages of language documentation including transcription and annotation; to carry out later stages of documentation including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases; to conduct initial analysis of findings in the light of current linguistic theory.
2. Infrastructure: To digitize and otherwise preserve and provide wider access to such documentary materials, including previously collected materials and those concerned with languages which have recently lost all fluent speakers and are related to currently endangered languages; to create other infrastructures, including conferences to make the problem of endangered languages more widely understood and more effectively addressed.
3. Computational Methods: To further develop standards and databases to make this documentation of a certain language or languages widely available in consistent, archivable, interoperable, and Web-based formats; to develop computational tools (taggers, parsers, speech recognizers, grammar inducers, etc.) for endangered languages, which present a particular challenge for those using statistical and machine learning, especially deep learning methods, since such languages do not have the large corpora for training and testing the models used to develop those tools and to develop new approaches to building computational tools for endangered languages, which make use of deeper knowledge of linguistics, including language typology and families, and which require collaboration among theoretical and field linguists, and computational linguists, and computer scientists and engineers.
The Documenting Endangered Languages grant program provides funding opportunities for DEL Senior Research Grants as well as for Fellowships. This program provides educational opportunities for Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, and Postdoctoral Fellows. Funding will be available in the form of one- to three-year senior research grants, fellowships from six to twelve months, and conference proposals.
Merit Review Principles:
- All NSF projects should be of the highest quality and have the potential to advance, if not transform, the frontiers of knowledge.
- NSF projects, in the aggregate, should contribute more broadly to achieving societal goals. These "Broader Impacts" may be accomplished through the research itself, through activities that are directly related to specific research projects, or through activities that are supported by, but are complementary to, the project. The project activities may be based on previously established and/or innovative methods and approaches, but in either case must be well justified.
- Meaningful assessment and evaluation of NSF funded projects should be based on appropriate metrics, keeping in mind the likely correlation between the effect of broader impacts and the resources provided to implement projects. If the size of the activity is limited, evaluation of that activity in isolation is not likely to be meaningful. Thus, assessing the effectiveness of these activities may best be done at a higher, more aggregated, level than the individual project.
GrantWatch ID#: 151111
Senior Research Projects: Approximately 12-25 Standard or Continuing Grants; Fellowships: Up to 5
Senior Research Projects: $12,000 - $150,000 per year for 1 - 3 years.
Fellowships: Up to $60,000 ($5,000 monthly stipend) for a 6 - 12 month period.
Funding will be available in the form of one- to three-year senior research grants, fellowships from six to twelve months, and conference proposals.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To submit the Full Proposal:
- Via FastLane: https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/fastlane.jsp
- Via Grants.gov: https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/login.faces?oppId=308237&origin=vgo-apply
For questions regarding proposal submission and preparation, contact:
Cognizant Program Officers:
Joan M. Maling - SBE
Lura Chase, EHR
Robert Delgado, GEO
D. T. Langendoen, CISE
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