Research grants

IAFPA offers research grants annually to teams lead by Full IAFPA members. These are small grants intended to kick-start larger projects which are relevant to the aims of IAFPA.

Research Grant Applications:

The IAFPA Research Committee award small research grants (max. 1,500 GBP) in all areas of forensic phonetics and acoustics.

Eligibility: To be eligible for a grant, at least one of the applicants must be an IAFPA member. Applications by non-members are subject to a successful IAFPA membership application by at least one of the applicants prior to the start of the funding period. In the case of an unsuccessful IAFPA membership application, the grant award will be withdrawn.

Applications are open at specific times through each year. To apply for a research grant, please contact the Research Committee chair, Finnian Kelly:

Recent projects

The following projects were recently funded by IAFPA research grants:

  • How to deal with voice quality in forensic phonetics: a feasibility study towards a simplified perceptual protocol
    Investigators: Eugenia San-Segundo Fernandez (National University of Distance Education (UNED), Spain)
  • WikiDialects: creating an online resource for accent descriptions
    Investigators: Vincent Hughes and Jessica Wormald (Department of Language and Linguistic Science, The University of York & J P French Associates)
  • Validating best-practice guidelines for forensic-phonetic voice line-ups
    Investigators: Almut Braun and Duncan Robertson (Department of Language and Linguistic Science, University of York, UK)
  • Intonation as an acoustic cue for speaker discrimination in bilingual Cantonese-English speakers
    Investigators: Sidney Gig-Jan Wong and Vica Papp (Linguistics Department at the University of Canterbury and the New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour)

Previous projects

The following projects were funded by IAFPA:

  • Identifying correlations between speech parameters for forensic speaker comparisons
    Investigators: Erica Gold and Vincent Hughes (Department of Language and Linguistic Science, The University of York)
  • The identification of British English accents using prosodic features
    Investigators: Carmen Llamas and Sam Hellmuth (Department of Language and Linguistic Science, University of York, UK)
  • The ‘double filtering’ effect – a pilot study on GSM plus air-transmitted recordings using Automatic Voice Comparison
    Investigators: Joel Åkesson and Jonas Lindh (Voxalys AB and Division of Speech and Language Pathology Department of Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg)
  • Speaker Recognition Ability of Blind and Sighted Listeners:
    An Empirical Investigation Almut Braun and Prof. Dr. Hermann J. Künzel, Department of Phonetics, University of Marburg.
  • The speaker-specificity of fluency disruptions:
    Martin Duckworth (Duckworth Consultancy, Forensic Speech Analysis, South Brent, Devon, UK) and Dr. Kirsty McDougall (Phonetics Laboratory, Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge).
  • The vowels of Eastern and Western Mandenkan:
    Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sylvia Moosmüller (Acoustic Research Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna) and Dr. Erwin Ebermann (Department of African Studies, University of Vienna).
  • Reference corpus of Dutch drug users I: MDMA/Ecstasy
    Dr. Maartje Schreuder1, Viktoria Papp2, Prof. dr. Jan Ramaekers3 and Dr. Eef Theunissen3
    1Department of Clinical Psychological Science, Maastricht University, The Netherlands, 2Linguistics Department, Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA, 3Department of Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology, Maastricht University, The Netherlands.
  • Forensic comparison of Spanish twins and non-twin brothers’ voices
    Eugenia San Segundo Fernández1 and Prof. Dr. Hermann J. Künzel
    1Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Laboratorio de Fonética, Madrid, 2Department of Phonetics, University of Marburg
  • Formant analysis using different techniques
    David M Howard, University of York, UK
  • The evaluation of vocal roughness by different listener groups
    Angelika Braun, University of Marburg, Fachbereich Phonetik
  • Can a voice impersonator challenge a speaker verification system?
    Elisabeth Zetterholm, Department of Linguistics and Phonetics, Lund University
  • Forensic comparison of Chinese female voices
    Cuiling Zhang1 and Geoffrey Stewart Morrison2
    1Department of Criminal Science and Technology, Shenyang, China, 2School of Language Studies, Canberra, Australia
  • The reliability of formant measurements in high quality audio data: The effect of agreeing measurement procedures
    Martin Duckworth1, Kirsty McDougall2, Gea de Jong2 and Linda Shockey3
    1The College of St Mark & St John, Plymouth, UK, 2Phonetic Laboratory, Department of Linguistics, University of Cambridge, UK, 3Department of Applied Linguistics, University of Reading, UK.
  • The Long Term Cumulative Formant Distribution in Forensic Voice Analysis
    Catalin Grigoras, National Institute of Forensic Expertise, Bucharest, Romania
  • Influence of loudness variations on forensic fundamental frequency statistics
    Michael Jessen, Bundeskriminalamt Wiesbaden, Department of Speaker Identification and Tape Analysis
  • Laboratory reference data on long-term formant distributions
    Michael Jessen, Bundeskriminalamt Wiesbaden, Department of Speaker Identification and Audio Analysis
  • Fundamental Frequency in the Viennese Dialect and Standard Austrian German under different conditions
    Sylvia Moosmüller, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Acoustics Research Institute
  • Compilation of a phonological database of contemporary Scottish English
    Dominic Watt, Centre for Linguistic Research, University of Aberdeen