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Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL)

Grants to USA Nonprofits, IHEs, Individuals, and Tribal
Organizations to Document and Study Dying Languages

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Deadline Date:

09/16/19 5:00 PM Submitter's Local Time

Description:

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Grants starting at $12,000 to USA IHEs, nonprofit organizations, unaffiliated individuals, and tribal organizations for scholarly research on endangered human languages. Funding is intended to support language recording and documentation; the creation of infrastructures to preserve and increase access to such documentation; and the development of computational tools and methods consistent with linguistic theory and practice.

Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) is a joint funding program of the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop and advance scientific and scholarly knowledge concerning endangered human languages. Made urgent by the imminent death of roughly half of the approximately 7000 currently used human languages, DEL seeks not only to acquire scientific data that will soon be unobtainable, but to integrate, systematize, and make the resulting linguistic findings widely available by exploiting advances in information technology.

Principal Investigators (PIs) and Applicants for Fellowships (Applicants) may propose projects involving one or more of the following three emphasis areas:

1. Language Description: To conduct fieldwork to record in digital audio and video format one or more endangered languages; to carry out the early stages of language documentation including transcription and annotation; to carry out later stages of documentation including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases; to conduct initial analysis of findings in the light of current linguistic theory.

2. Infrastructure: To digitize and otherwise preserve and provide wider access to such documentary materials, including previously collected materials and those concerned with languages which have recently lost all fluent speakers and are related to currently endangered languages; to create other infrastructures, including conferences to make the problem of endangered languages more widely understood and more effectively addressed.

3. Computational Methods: To further develop standards and databases to make this documentation of a certain language or languages widely available in consistent, archivable, interoperable, and Web-based formats; to develop computational tools (taggers, parsers, speech recognizers, grammar inducers, etc.) for endangered languages, which present a particular challenge for those using statistical and machine learning, especially deep learning methods, since such languages do not have the large corpora for training and testing the models used to develop those tools and to develop new approaches to building computational tools for endangered languages, which make use of deeper knowledge of linguistics, including language typology and families, and which require collaboration among theoretical and field linguists, and computational linguists, and computer scientists and engineers.

The Documenting Endangered Languages grant program provides funding opportunities for DEL Senior Research Grants as well as for Fellowships. This program provides educational opportunities for Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, and Postdoctoral Fellows. Funding will be available in the form of one- to three-year senior research grants, fellowships from six to twelve months, and conference proposals.

Merit Review Principles:

- All NSF projects should be of the highest quality and have the potential to advance, if not transform, the frontiers of knowledge.
- NSF projects, in the aggregate, should contribute more broadly to achieving societal goals. These "Broader Impacts" may be accomplished through the research itself, through activities that are directly related to specific research projects, or through activities that are supported by, but are complementary to, the project. The project activities may be based on previously established and/or innovative methods and approaches, but in either case must be well justified.
- Meaningful assessment and evaluation of NSF funded projects should be based on appropriate metrics, keeping in mind the likely correlation between the effect of broader impacts and the resources provided to implement projects. If the size of the activity is limited, evaluation of that activity in isolation is not likely to be meaningful. Thus, assessing the effectiveness of these activities may best be done at a higher, more aggregated, level than the individual project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151111

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$4,800,000

Number of Grants:

Senior Research Projects: Approximately 12-25 Standard or Continuing Grants; Fellowships: Up to 5

Estimated Size of Grant:

Senior Research Projects: $12,000 - $150,000 per year for 1 - 3 years.

Fellowships: Up to $60,000 ($5,000 monthly stipend) for a 6 - 12 month period.

Term of Contract:

Funding will be available in the form of one- to three-year senior research grants, fellowships from six to twelve months, and conference proposals.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

- Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) - Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members. Special Instructions for International Branch Campuses of US IHEs: If the proposal includes funding to be provided to an international branch campus of a US institution of higher education (including through use of subawards and consultant arrangements), the proposer must explain the benefit(s) to the project of performance at the international branch campus, and justify why the project activities cannot be performed at the US campus.
- Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.
- Unaffiliated individuals: scientists, engineers or educators in the U.S. who are U.S. citizens and foreign nationals who have been living in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years prior to the proposal deadline are eligible to apply for fellowships.
- Tribal organizations and other American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian serving organizations.

Additional Eligibility information:

Tribal Colleges and Universities, Alaska Native-serving institutions and Native Hawaiian-serving institutions: Executive Order 13021 defines Tribal Colleges and Universities ("tribal colleges") as those institutions cited in section 532 of the Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994 (7 U.S.C. 301 note), and other institutions that qualify for funding under the Tribally Controlled Community College Assistance Act of 1978, (25 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), as well as Navajo Community College as authorized in the Navajo Community College Assistance Act of 1978, Public Law 95-471, Title II (25 U.S.C. 640a note). The term "Alaska Native-serving institution" means an institution of higher education that is an eligible institution under section 1058(b) of the Higher Education Act; and that, at the time of submission, has an undergraduate enrollment that is at least 20 percent Alaska Native students. The term "Native Hawaiian-serving institution" means an institution of higher education that is an eligible institution under section 1058(b) of the Higher Education Act; and that, at the time of submission, has an undergraduate enrollment that is at least 10 percent Native Hawaiian students.

For-profit organizations are not eligible to apply to this program. However, personnel in for-profit organizations may participate as co-investigators.

Eligible PIs for Senior Research Grants:
- There are no restrictions or limits.

Eligible PIs for Fellowships:
- U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for fellowships.
- Foreign nationals who have been living in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years prior to the proposal deadline are also eligible to apply for fellowships.
- Applicants can be affiliated with an institution or be an unaffiliated individual.
- Applicants need not have advanced degrees.
- Individuals currently enrolled in a degree-granting program are ineligible to apply.
- Applicants who have satisfied all the requirements for a degree and are awaiting its conferral are eligible for DEL Fellowships, abut such applicants need a letter from the dean of the conferring school or their department chair attesting to the applicant’s status as of the DEL deadline listed in this solicitation. (This signed letter should be uploaded in FastLane as a “Supplementary Document”.)

Fellowships awarded under this program are not intended to support pre-Ph.D. course work or completion of a degree.

Pre-Application Information:

Submission Deadline for Senior Research Proposals, Conferences, and Fellowships:

- November 19, 2018
- September 16, 2019 (September 15, Annually Thereafter)

Full Proposals are due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time.

A conference proposal should generally be submitted at least a year in advance of the scheduled date of the conference.

There are no restrictions or limits on the number of Proposals per organization.

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI:

- Senior Research Grants and Fellowships: A maximum of one proposal per cycle per prospective PI or coPI for senior research grants and fellowships.
- Conference Grants: A maximum of one proposal per cycle per prospective PI or co-PI for conference

For additional information on Merit Review, Proposal Review, and Processing: https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/merit_review/

For videos on the DEL Program: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLx12labZqbzGbA0rQU0xg5cMzz9rp_dqY

For updated guidance on the Collaborators and Other Affiliations Information website: https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/coa.jsp

Funding announcement on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=308237

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To submit the Full Proposal:

- Via FastLane: https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/fastlane.jsp
- Via Grants.gov: https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/login.faces?oppId=308237&origin=vgo-apply

For questions regarding proposal submission and preparation, contact:

policy@nsf.gov
(703) 292-8243

Cognizant Program Officers:

Joan M. Maling - SBE
(703) 292-8046
jmaling@nsf.gov

Lura Chase, EHR
(703) 292-8682
lchase@nsf.gov

Robert Delgado, GEO
703-292-2397
robdelga@nsf.gov

D. T. Langendoen, CISE
(703) 292-5088
dlangend@nsf.gov

Funding or Pin Number:

NSF 18-580

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