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

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Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after October 4, 2021. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 22-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

Supports research and infrastructure that digitally records and documents languages — with an emphasis on endangered languages — through the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples and databases, advancing linguistic theory and the study of language.


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 PAPPG Chapter II. E.9.

Program contacts

For questions related to DLI-DEL Fellowships,  contact:

Suha Kudsieh – NEH,  telephone: (202) 606-8593, email: skudsieh@neh.gov

Mary Paster
mpaster@nsf.gov (703) 292-2762 SBE/BCS
Tyler S. Kendall
tkendall@nsf.gov (703) 292-2434 SBE/BCS
Lura J. Chase
lchase@nsf.gov (703) 292-5173 EHR/HRD
Tatiana D. Korelsky
tkorelsk@nsf.gov (703) 292-8729 CISE/IIS
Erica Hill
erhill@nsf.gov (703) 292-4521 GEO/OPP

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