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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 two 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).

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

  • The running of computational models such as large language models will not be funded under this scheme, unless it is clearly explained why existing resources (e.g. the university HPC cluster) are insufficient or inaccessible for this project.

  • 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.

Conditions of funding

  • Projects funded in March 2024 should complete by 1 April 2025. 

  • Projects funded in February 2023 should commence by 1 July 2023 and complete by 30 June 2024 latest. 

  • A brief report (template provided) must be submitted on completion of the project.

  • 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 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.


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.