FAQ for funding call: Artificial Intelligence in the World of Languages

Frequently Asked Questions

About the Applicants

Is there a limit to the number of co-applicants?

No. Please add additional lines to the application form if required.

Do the applicants have to be academics?

No, applications from practitioners, and from researchers outside academia, are very welcome.

What is an output?

Outputs are things you produce as a result of your project. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list, but the following would all count:

  • an event
  • a video
  • a blog post
  • a report
  • a journal article
  • a set of new or revised guidelines
  • a new piece of or updated software

What is an outcome?

An outcome is the effect that you have on the people engaging with your project. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list, but the following would all count:

  • changed perceptions
  • changed behaviour
  • gained skills
  • increased understanding

Which institutions are part of the OWRI consortium?

Creative Multilingualism

University of Oxford

Birmingham City University 

University of Cambridge 

SOAS, University of London 

University of Reading

University of Pittsburgh

Cross-Language Dynamics

University of Manchester

University of Durham

Institute for Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London


University of Cambridge

University of Edinburgh

University of Nottingham

Queen's University Belfast

University of Bergen

University of Girona

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Peking University

Language Acts and Worldmaking

King's College London

The Open University

University of Westminster

Queen Mary, University of London

About the Application

Can I apply for a project outside one of the four areas listed?

No, we are only considering applications that link to one of the four areas.

Can I apply for funding to cover…?

… my time?

Yes. It must be costed at an hourly rate and no overheads are payable.

… research assistance?

Yes. It must be costed at an hourly rate and no overheads are payable.

… work outside the UK?

Yes, there is no restriction on where work can be conducted. 

… a research project within a Masters/PhD course?

No, this funding is not intended to support a course.

… the costs of publication of previous research?

No, the funding is for new work.

Financial Information

What about VAT?

The maximum award is £5,000. If you need to charge VAT, or equivalent taxes for overseas, you must take this into account when applying.

What about bank charges?

The maximum award is £5,000. If you will incur bank charges when the award is paid you should allow for this in your costing.

What about exchange rates?

The GBP amount awarded will be sent to the nominated bank account, please note that awards will be net of any bank charges or conversion fees applicable to the payment. Any such applicable charges will not be covered by the awarding institution and will be the responsibility of the receiving institution.

Is Full Economic Costing operational in this case (meaning that institutional overheads will be funded)?

No, only direct costs will be paid. 

About the Application Process

To whom should the application be submitted?

Please email your application to creativeml@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk. All applications will be acknowledged.

What is the deadline for applications?

5 pm UK time on Tuesday 30th April.

My referee is away, can I get an extension to the deadline?

Your referees must submit their references by the deadline for applications. Due to the timeline for making decisions we are unable to grant an extension.

What happens after I have submitted?

You will receive an email acknowledging your application. If you have not received an acknowledgement by Friday 3rd May, please contact us.

We will aim to let you know whether you have been granted an award by the close of 24th May 2019. Successful candidates will be given the opportunity to contribute to the workshop Artificial Intelligence in the World of Languages in Pittsburgh on Thursday 5th September.

What if I cannot afford to attend the event in Pittsburgh?

A small number of travel bursaries will be available. Successful applicants will be given details of how to apply. Funding is not dependent upon attending the workshop in Pittsburgh.

What if I have more questions?

Contact us at creativeml@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk.


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