Endangered Language Fund Request for Proposals 2008

Doug Whalen whalen at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Fri Jan 18 02:55:11 UTC 2008

Endangered Language Fund


The Endangered Language Fund provides grants for language maintenance  
and linguistic field work. The work most likely to be funded is that  
which serves both the native community and the field of linguistics.  
Work which has immediate applicability to one group and more distant  
application to the other will also be considered. Publishing  
subventions are a low priority, although they will be considered.  
Proposals can originate in any country. The language involved must be  
in danger of disappearing within a generation or two. Endangerment is  
a continuum, and the location on the continuum is one factor in our  
funding decisions.
Eligible expenses include consultant fees, tapes, films, travel, etc.  
Overhead is not allowed. Grants are normally for a one year period,  
though extensions may be applied for. We expect grants in this round  
to be less than $4,000 in size, and to average about $2,000.

Applications must be received by APRIL 21st, 2008. Decisions will be  
delivered by the end of May, 2008.

There is no form, but the information requested below should be  
included in the first page of an electronic document, preferably a  
PDF file. Email the single file containing all the material to:  
elf at endangeredlanguagefund.org
Applications must be submitted electronically. No mail or fax  
applications will be accepted. If you have any questions, please  
write to our address (300 George St., Suite 900, New Haven, CT 06511,  
USA) or email to: elf at endangeredlanguagefund.org


The first page should contain:
Title of the project
Name of language and country in which it is spoken
Name of primary researcher
Address of primary researcher (include email and, if possible, phone.)
Amount requested
Present position, education, and native language(s).
Previous experience and/or publications that are relevant.
Include the same information for collaborating researchers, if any.  
This information may continue on the next page.

Beginning on a separate page, provide a description of the project.  
This should normally take two pages, single spaced, but the maximum  
is five pages. Be detailed about the type of material that is to be  
collected and/or produced, and the value it will have to the native  
community (including relatives and descendants who do not speak the  
language) and to linguistic science. Special consideration will be  
given to projects that involve children. Give a brief description of  
the state of endangerment of the language in question.

On a separate page, prepare an itemized budget that lists expected  
costs for the project. Estimates are acceptable, but they must be  
realistic. Please translate the amounts into US dollars. List other  
sources of support you are currently receiving or expect to receive  
and other applications that relate to the current one.

Two letters of support are recommended, but not required. These can  
be included in the electonric file. Note that these letters, if sent  
separately, must arrive on or before the deadline (April 21st, 2008)  
in order to be considered. If more than two letters are sent, only  
the first two received will be read.

A researcher can be primary researcher on only one proposal.

Receipt of application will be made by email.

Before receiving any funds, university-based applicants must show  
that they have met the requirements of their university's human  
subjects' committee. Tribal- or other-based applicants must provide  
equivalent assurance that proper protocols are being used.
If a grant is made and accepted, the recipient is required to provide  
the Endangered Language Fund with a short formal report of the  
project and to provide the Fund with copies of all audio and video  
recordings made with ELF funds, accompanying transcriptions, as well  
as publications resulting from materials obtained with the assistance  
of the grant.
Further enquires can be made to:

The Endangered Language Fund
300 George Street, Suite 900
New Haven, CT 06511 USA
Tel: 203-865-6163
FAX: 203-865-8963
elf at endangeredlanguagefund.org
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