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NSF Dynamic Language Infrastructure - NEH Documenting Endangered Languages  (DLI-DEL)

Name Email Phone Room
Joan  M. Maling - SBE (703) 292-8046   
Tyler  S. Kendall-SBE (703) 292-2434   
Lura  J. Chase - EHR (703) 292-5173   
D. T.  Langendoen - CISE (703) 292-5088   
Erica  Hill -GEO (703) 292-4521   


Solicitation  20-603

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after June 1, 2020. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 20-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Target Date

    September 15, 2021

    September 15, Annually Thereafter

        Submission Deadline for Senior Research Proposals and Conferences

    February 15, 2022

    February 15, Annually Thereafter

        Submission Deadline for Senior Research Proposals and Conferences


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 dynamic language infrastructure in the context of endangered human languages—languages that are both understudied and at risk of falling out of use. Made urgent by the imminent loss of roughly half of the approximately 7,000 currently used languages, this effort aims to exploit advances in human-language 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, documentation and analysis, and archiving of endangered language data, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases. Funding is available in the form of one- to three-year senior research grants and conference proposals. Fellowship support is available through a separate funding opportunity administered by NEH:

Note: a conference proposal should generally be submitted at least a year in advance of the scheduled date of the conference. For additional information about creating and submitting conference proposals, please refer to Chapter II. D.7 of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide.

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program