NSF Linguistics Program Grants

The Linguistics Program supports basic science in the domain of human language, encompassing investigations of the grammatical properties of individual human languages, and of natural language in general. Full Proposal Target Dates: July 17, 2017 (July 15 annually thereafter) and January 16, 2018 (January 15 annually thereafter).

Research areas include syntax, semantics, morphology, phonetics, and phonology. Projects that are interdisciplinary in methodological or theoretical perspective are encouraged. 

The Program encourages projects that address questions that cross disciplinary boundaries, such as (but not limited to):

  • What are the psychological processes involved in the production, perception, and comprehension of language?
  • What are the computational properties of language and/or the language processor that make fluent production, incremental comprehension or rapid learning possible?
  • How do the acoustic and physiological properties of speech inform our theories of language and/or language processing?
  • What role does human neurobiology play in shaping the various components of our linguistic capacities?
  • How does language develop in children?
  • What social and cultural factors underlie language variation and change?

The Linguistics Program does not make awards to support clinical research projects, nor does it support work to develop or assess pedagogical methods or tools for language instruction.

For more information, visit the NSF Linguistics Program.