The Language Sciences Initiative was recently awarded $60,000 from the Vice President Research Office’s 2016 Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters in the Humanities and Social Sciences competition. This award will help Language Sciences to move forward with exciting new collaborative research enterprises.
The GCRC grants, from UBC’s Strategic Excellence fund, are specifically targeted at catalyzing advanced research initiatives with the expectation that awards will be used strategically to attract further funding opportunities (e.g., partnerships, grants, industry and NGO funds, etc.). With the support of this award, the Language Sciences Initiative aims to achieve the following outcomes:
- Establish a Language Sciences Community Engagement Board.
- Submit Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Connection Grant to the February 2017 competition.
- Establish and strengthen connections to local, national, and international community organizations.
- Identify existing connections between Language Sciences affiliates at UBC and other institutions and work to strengthen those connections.
- Facilitate student and researcher mobility between UBC and other institutions, e.g., within the Global Research Alliance in Language (GRAIL) group, with the aim of fostering new research directions.
In addition, this award will be used to catalyze research projects within the Language Sciences Initiative, within three broad research themes: The Communicating Mind and Body, led by Janet Werker (Psychology) and Lara Boyd (Physical Therapy); Language, Sustainability and Transnationalism, led by Shaylih Muehlmann (Anthropology) and Bonny Norton (Language and Literacy Education); and Evolving Language in an Information Economy, led by Bryan Gick (Linguistics) and Sid Fels (Electrical and Computer Engineering).
Language Sciences would like to thank the Vice President Research Office for its support, in particular Helen Burt, Gail Murphy, and the reviewers of our application.