The Multilingual Communities strand of the AHRC-OWRI consortium ‘Cross-language Dynamics: Re-shaping community’ is offering two grants at a value of up to £11,500 each (at 80%, in line with AHRC funding rules) for projects that are devoted to university engagement around support for the maintenance and promotion of heritage or community languages in the UK. The activities should broadly relate to the range of interests in research, outreach and public engagement as represented by the Multilingual Manchester research unit (http://mlm.humanities.manchester.ac.uk). Of particular interest is work with community-based language initiatives (supplementary or complementary schools). The grants can be used to cover the cost of events, research assistants, development of materials for public engagement, including associated consumables (but not including equipment costs). The institution receiving the award is expected to cover 20% of the total activity cost, either through material contribution or through dedicated staff time. Project are expected to commence during 2018 or early 2019 and must end by late 2020, preferably earlier.

Expressions of interest, including a brief outline of the aims and methods, a timeline, and an informal overview of planned costs (1-2 pages), should be sent by 30 April 2018 to Professor Yaron Matras (yaron.matras@manchester.ac.uk), academic lead on Multilingual Manchester and the consortium’s Multilingual Communities research strand. These will be assessed by the consortium’s Steering Committee, which will then invite two or more individuals/teams to send in full proposals for consideration. Joint expressions of interest from staff based at more than one institution are also welcome.

Background information on ‘Cross-language Dynamics: Re-shaping community’ can be found here: http://projects.alc.manchester.ac.uk/cross-language-dynamics/