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Documenting Endangered Languages  (DEL)

Important Announcements

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) Program are now available and can be accessed via publication http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf15116.

A new series of DEL Outreach videos freely available on YouTube introduces aspects of the National Science Foundation's Documenting Endangered Languages program. Narrated by experts in the field, the series is intended to help applicants design effective projects and compile competitive proposals. For more information, see the project playlist which updates to the latest list of videos.  Video production supported by NSF-DEL grant #BCS 1500695.

The 4th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation (ICLDC) took place in Honolulu, Hawaii from Februrary 26 to March 1, 2015.  For more information about this conference, see the ICLDC4 Website and the 4th ICLDC: Summary for NSF.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) program awarded more than $4 million in 2014 for 27 projects to preserve and protect endangered languages. For more detailed information about the 2014 DEL portfolio see the DEL 2014 List of Awards and its 2014 DEL Press Release.


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Colleen  Fitzgerald - NSF Contact cfitzger@nsf.gov (703) 292-4381   


Solicitation  15-567

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 16-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Deadline Date:  September 15, 2016

September 15, Annually Thereafter


This funding partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) supports projects to develop and advance knowledge concerning endangered human languages. Made urgent by the imminent death of roughly half of the approximately 7000 currently used languages, this effort aims to exploit advances in information technology to build computational infrastructure for endangered language research. The program supports projects that contribute to data management and archiving, and to the development of the next generation of researchers. Funding can support fieldwork and other activities relevant to the digital recording, documenting, and archiving of endangered languages, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases. Funding will be available in the form of one- to three-year senior research grants as well as fellowships from six to twelve months and doctoral dissertation research improvement grants for up to 24 months.


This program provides educational opportunities for  Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Fellows . Individuals interested in applying for funding should see the program guidelines above.



What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program



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