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Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences

Linguistics: Dynamic Language Infrastructure-Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DLI-DDRI)  (DLI-DDRI)

Name Email Phone Room
Joan  M. Maling-Program Director (703) 292-8046  W13152  
Tyler  S. Kendall-Program Director (703) 292-2434   
Kenyatta  Johnson-Pgm Specialist (703) 292-4850  13256A  


Solicitation  19-607

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 Accepted Anytime

        Submission for Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants only.

    July 15, 2021

    July 15, Annually Thereafter

    January 17, 2022

    January 15, Annually Thereafter


This program supports doctoral research focusing on building dynamic language infrastructure (DLI). Developing language infrastructure includes the documentation and preservations of languages in ways that articulate or advance linguistic theory, as well as the use of digitization techniques and novel computational methods that support and advance the study of language. Special emphasis is given to human languages that are endangered, i.e., understudied and at risk of falling out of use. The program supports the development of the next generation of researchers that contribute to language data management and archiving, and to the analysis of these archives to advance language infrastructure. 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 in this solicitation is in the form of doctoral dissertation research improvement grants (DDRIs) for up to 24 months and this solicitation addresses the preparation and evaluation of proposals for DDRI proposals.

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program