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Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL)

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

This document has been archived. See NSF 22-615 for the latest version.

Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.

data, infrastructure and computational methods


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 senior research grants, fellowships from six to twelve months, and conference proposals. 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 to the DEL program, please refer to Chapter II. D.7 of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide.

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Program contacts

Keren Rice - SBE
kerice@nsf.gov (703)292-8740
Joan M. Maling - SBE
jmaling@nsf.gov (703) 292-8046
Mary Downs - NEH
Senior Program Officer, Preservation & Access, National Endowment for the Humanities
mdowns@neh.gov (202) 606-8456
Stefanie Walker - NEH
Senior Program Officer
swalker@neh.gov (202) 606-8478 Division of Research Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities
Lura Chase - EHR
lchase@nsf.gov (703) 292-8682 EDU/EES
Roberto Delgado - GEO
robdelga@nsf.gov (703) 292-2397 GEO/OPP
D. T. Langendoen - CISE
dlangend@nsf.gov (703) 292-5088

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