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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre
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The Language Sciences Incubator Fund is a small projects fund to foster innovative and interdisciplinary research in the language sciences. 

Proposals are evaluated by a review panel. Priority will be given to those which:

  • Promote interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration

  • Address emerging themes

  • Develop novel methodological approaches or tools

  • Are likely to lead to the development of further research grant proposals.


  • The lead applicant must be a full member of the University of Cambridge for the duration of the project, but external collaborators may be included.

  • Each proposal should be submitted by co-applicants from at least 2 different research groups.

  • Postdoctoral researchers are eligible in principle, but should check with their department before applying. Applications should include a supporting letter from your research supervisor (where applicable).

  • PIs who are outside the Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages & Linguistics should notify their finance administrator of their application. Management of the budget will usually be delegated to the host institution.

  • Travel costs and workshops/events will not be funded under this scheme.

Conditions of funding

  • Projects should be completed within 6 months of notification of the award. 

  • A brief report must be completed within 9 months of notification of the award.

  • Successful applicants will be required to present their research at the next Language Sciences Annual Symposium following completion of their project.

  • Financial support from Cambridge Language Sciences and the Isaac Newton Trust should be acknowledged in any outputs from a grant under this scheme.

NOTE: Employment of research assistants usually needs to be done through the University's Temporary Employment Service (TES). Please seek HR advice before including personnel costs as part of a proposal.

Please note that the 6-month time limit for carrying out the research will still apply under COVID-19 restrictions.


What we do

Cambridge Language Sciences is an Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. Our virtual network connects researchers from five schools across the university as well as other world-leading research institutions. Our aim is to strengthen research collaborations and knowledge transfer across disciplines in order to address large-scale multi-disciplinary research challenges relating to language research.