This page features resources to support applicants to the NSF Dynamic Language Infrastructure - NEH Documenting Endangered Languages (DLI-DEL) grant**

**Please note that PhD students applying to the NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement grant (NSF DLI-DDRI) should refer to a separate program solicitation, and that there is no deadline for DLI-DDRI proposals—they are accepted at anytime.

NSF Dynamic Language Infrastructure – NEH Documenting Endangered Languages (DLI–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. Please note that DLI-DEL is the new name for the funding program formerly known as the NSF DEL (Documenting Endangered Languages).

The official program solicitation can be found here: It includes:

  • Award information
  • Eligibility requirements
  • Deadlines
  • Description of the proposal components

Additional information about the grant can be found here:

  • Important dates
  • Typical number of applicants and percentage awarded
  • Project timelines
  • Expected project outputs
  • User-friendly step-by-step breakdown of the application process
  • Examples of successfully funded projects

DEL Outreach video series

This video series provides an overview of the grant and goes in depth into each component of the proposal and the application process. This is a must-watch for prospective applicants.

15 Years of DEL repository

This site features previous projects carried out under DEL and contains presentations and posters that highlight the areas of intellectual merit, broader impacts, and broadening participation in linguistics research. Check these out to see what kinds of work has been funded and get inspiration for your proposal.

Workshop webinars (by former NSF Program Officer Colleen Fitzgerald)

This site contains links to tips for applying to more general NSF-funding opportunities, including DEL.

Video: Education and Training Program (NEH Preservation and Access)

This video’s focus is actually another grant, but it covers some critical topics that you should also include in your DLI-DEL proposal, namely the areas of infrastructure and training. The relevant portion of the video presents four successful projects [13:50-19:10]. The example most similar to a DLI-DEL project focuses on collaborative curation and preservation of Indigenous cultural heritage materials [16:35-18:00]. Continue watching until [20:55] for some information on general NEH review criteria that might help you with your DLI-DEL proposal.

NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG)

This is a technical document with detailed instructions for preparing and submitting proposals to the NSF. Check here for guidance on specific topics.

Mentorship program [under construction]

Do you have further questions or want help on a specific aspect of your proposal from someone who has experience with this grant?