The application process

Proposals should be submitted using the RFP application/guidelines form:

Proposals are considered by SIL's Research Advisory Committee - an expert panel set up to provide recommendations on funding to the SIL Board. The Panel assesses each proposal using the following Project Assessment Guide:

  • Project Assessment Guide 15kB

Applicants are encouraged to use this guide (revised May 2013) to assist them in preparing their research project proposals. Please make evidential statements as to why your proposal satisfies the various assessment criteria; rather than simply asserting that it does qualify.

Applicants will be advised of the outcome within a week of the Board making its decisions.

Confidentiality is very important to SIL - Board members, Research Advisory Committee members and staff are all covered by appropriate confidentiality agreements. All R&D proposals are confidential and remain the property of the submitters until the contents become part of a research contract.

If you need assistance or wish to discuss a potential proposal contact the Projects Manager, John Gibson. We are here to help applicants present their case for project funding in the most fruitful way.

In preparing a proposal, you may find it useful to complete the SIL Contract Tables, as this level of detail will eventually be required if your proposal is approved for funding. Applicants for larger projects should complete these tables as part of their proposal. These tables were revised in May 2013 and versions prior to May 2013 are no longer current.