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Call for proposals

Oxford University Press is pleased to announce a call for research proposals which make use of OUP's extensive range of monolingual and bilingual dictionaries, thesauruses, subject reference material and related resources. Proposals are welcomed from individuals and research teams in the Academic community, and will be judged by our expert panel according to research excellence and innovative use and development of resources.

OUP understands that dictionaries and reference resources produced using traditional methods of scholarship and human lexicography carry great potential for Human Language Technologies. One limitation is that it has often been hard for researchers to access publishers' materials. We would now like to remove that limitation and actively encourage research which explores the potential of OUP's lexicographic resources and experience.


Sample material is available for pre-proposal testing. A short application form must be submitted, along with a description of the proposed research project. Please contact us for more details.

If your proposal is accepted, the standard contractual arrangement will be a no-cost licence (for up to three years) for your research group to explore and exploit the lexical resource(s) selected, for research purposes only. OUP also undertakes to redistribute any enhanced version of their resource resulting from this initiative, on terms similar to those described here, with no fees payable between OUP and the research group, subject to the work being of sufficient quality and the research group passing copyright in the enhancements to OUP.

If there is potential for commercial application of the resource or any material resulting from the research undertaken, this will be covered in a separate commercial licence.

Please contact us for more details.

Download the application form here.

Download the draft contract here