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Important Notice

The Linguistics program now has its own solicitation for Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement (DDRI) proposals.  This solicitation may be accessed at:
Name Email Phone Room
Joan  Maling-Program Director (703) 292-8046  995 N  
William  Badecker-Program Director (703) 292-5069  995 N  
Kenyatta  Johnson-ProgramSpecialist (703) 292-4850   


Apply to PD 98-1311 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard Grant Proposal Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via the NSF Application Guide; A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Guidelines applies. (Note: The NSF Application Guide is available on the website and on the NSF website at:

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 Target Date

    January 17, 2017

    January 15, Annually Thereafter

    July 17, 2017

    July 15, Annually Thereafter

Target Dates: January 15 and July 15 annually, or the next federal business day if the target date falls on a weekend or a federal holiday. We anticipate that the panels will meet in April and November of each year, and that PIs will be notified within a few months after the meeting.


The Linguistics Program supports basic science in the domain of human language, encompassing investigations of the grammatical properties of individual human languages, and of natural language in general. Research areas include syntax, semantics, morphology, phonetics, and phonology.

The program encourages projects that are interdisciplinary in methodological or theoretical perspective, and that address questions that cross disciplinary boundaries, such as (but not limited to):

  • What are the psychological processes involved in the production, perception, and comprehension of language?
  • What are the computational properties of language and/or the language processor that make fluent production, incremental comprehension or rapid learning possible?
  • How do the acoustic and physiological properties of speech inform our theories of language and/or language processing?
  • What role does human neurobiology play in shaping the various components of our linguistic capacities?
  • How does language develop in children?
  • What social and cultural factors underlie language variation and change?

The Linguistics Program does not make awards to support clinical research projects, nor does it support work to develop or assess pedagogical methods or tools for language instruction.

The Linguistics Program accepts proposals for a variety of project types: research proposals from scholars with PhDs or equivalent degrees, proposals for Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement (DDRI) awards, and CAREER proposals. We will also consider proposals for workshops, conferences, and training activities. Proposals for workshops and conferences that will be held less than one year after submission may be returned without review.

For more information about Multidisciplinary Research and Training Opportunities, please visit the SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities web site.


Arctic Social Sciences

Cognitive Neuroscience

Developmental Sciences

Documenting Endangered Languages

Faculty Early Career Development Program

Major Research Instrumentation Program

Perception, Action & Cognition

Research on Education and Learning

Facilitating Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions:

American Anthropological Association

American Psychological Association

American Psychological Society

Linguistic Society of America

Samples of Successful Documenting Endangered Languages Proposals


The National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Institutes of Health

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program