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Soillse Research Fund 2011

Soillse – the National Research Network for the Maintenance and Revitalisation of Gaelic Language and Culture – is opening its Small Research Fund for research proposals for 2011.    
Iain Campbell the Senior Research Manager for Soillse said:  ‘The principal aim of the fund is develop the research capacity of existing and potential researchers within the Soillse academic partnership.  However, it is also expected that researchers from within the Soillse academic network will work on collaborative research projects with other Higher Education institutions and organizations/individuals that have an interest in the revitalization of Gaelic.  Creating a collaborative research environment will enable knowledge exchange, develop research expertise and capacity and create a greater awareness of the dynamics of Gaelic development.  Such a partnership will contribute to building Gaelic language-based research capacity by engaging individuals and groups in projects which they would otherwise not have participated’.  
All research proposals will be considered as long as they relate to some aspect of Gaelic language use and development.   For example, research proposals can be submitted in relation to how Gaelic is used within the community and/or the family; how people identify with Gaelic and their own levels of self-confidence in learning and speaking the language, the appropriateness of public policies as they relate to promoting the use and learning of Gaelic in Scotland; and the impact of technology in supporting Gaelic learning and development. 

Joint-applications for funding support from schools and community groups in collaboration with the academic institutions participating in Soillse are particularly welcomed.
The Soillse Research Fund will provide support for research projects up to the value of £3,000. Each project will also need an additional 40% of match funding to the value of the grant received from the Research Fund.  It is expected that a minimum of 5 awards will be made from the Soillse Research Fund this year.

The closing date for applications is 17th June 2011 and all projects must be completed by end December 2011.  

An application form and more information is available on the website at:

Further support and information is available from Iain Campbell on 01471 888 559 or by emailing

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