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Documenting Endangered Languages  (DEL)

Important Announcement

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) program awarded $3.7 million in 2013 for 28 projects to preserve and protect endangered languages. For more detailed information about the 2013 DEL portfolio see: http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/2013_DEL_Awards.pdf.


Name Email Phone Room
Shobhana  Chelliah - NSF PD schellia@nsf.gov (703) 292-4381  995 N  
Joan  Maling-NSF PD jmaling@nsf.gov (703) 292-8046  995 N  
Anna  Kerttula-NSF PD akerttul@nsf.gov (703) 292-7432  755 S  
Tatiana (Tanya)  Korelsky-NSF PD tkorelsk@nsf.gov (703) 292-8930  1125  


Solicitation  11-554


Full Proposal Deadline Date:  September 15, 2014

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 project grants as well as fellowships for up to twelve months and doctoral dissertation research improvement grants for up to 24 months.  Please see the DEL specific page for SBE doctoral dissertation research improvement grants for guidance on submitting this type of proposal.



Cultural Anthropology

Arctic Social Sciences

Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS): Core Programs


Press Release (August, 2012): NEH and NSF Award $4.5 Million to Preserve Languages Threatened With Extinction

NSF Workshop on Documenting Endangered Languages, October 2007

Samples of Successful Documenting Endangered Languages Proposals

Federal Agencies Partner to Document Endangered Languages Press Release

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Documenting Endangered Languages Interview on WAMU Radio - March 7, 2007


Additional Funding Opportunities for the IIS Community

Psychological and Language Sciences

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program


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