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Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences



Supports scientific research of all types that focus on human language as an object of investigation. The program supports research on the syntactic, semantic, phonetic, and phonological properties of individual languages and of language in general; the psychological processes involved in the use of language; the development of linguistic capacities in children; social and cultural factors in language use, variation, and change; the acoustics of speech and the physiological and psychological processes involved in the production and perception of speech; and the biological bases of language in the brain.

Some rules are different for Doctoral Dissertations.  See https://www.nsf.gov/sbe/bcs/ling/disserts.htm

Due Dates

Proposals must be submitted by the following date(s):

  • Full Proposal Target Date(s):
      January 15, yearly
      July 15, yearly

Primary Program Contact

Joan M. Maling
Program Director
Rm. 995 N
Phone: (703) 292-8046,
Fax: (703) 292-9068,
Email: jmaling@nsf.gov

Eligibility Information

Standard eligibility criteria as defined in the Grant Proposal Guide apply to this program. There are no additional limitations.

Award Information

Estimated program budget, number of awards and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds.

Proposal Preparation Instructions

  • Full proposals: Standard Preparation Guidelines
    • Standard GPG Guidelines apply.

Budgetary Information

This program adheres to the budget definition and preparation instructions described in the Grant Proposal Guide and has no additional requirements or limitations.

Cost Sharing is not required.

Proposal Review Information

  • Merit Review Criteria: National Science Board approved criteria apply.

Award Administration Information

  • Award Conditions: Standard NSF award conditions apply.
  • Reporting Requirements: Standard NSF reporting requirements apply.

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Program Description Number: PD 98-1311

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