The 1st International Developmental Language Disorder Research Conference was held from 20-22 September, 2021 (#IDLDRC), providing a platform to share research about Developmental Language Disorder (DLD). 

The conference addressed the roadblocks to sharing the learning and insights that sit in the hands of a few, but could potentially change the lives of people with DLD.

The conference included more than 80 presentations delivered by researchers from 18 countries. Delegate numbers exceeded all expectations with over 1000  registrations making IDLDRC the largest DLD focused research sharing event to date.

Profits from IDLDRC have been dedicated to the establishment of a DLD Research Grant to be awarded in 2022. The research grant is valued at $15,000 AUD. Read on for more details about the grant guideline and timelines.


How to apply

The information below provides an overview of the grant application process. It is designed to help you determine if your organisation meets eligibility requirements and if your project will meet funding principles. 

If you can’t find the information you need or have any doubts, please email us at connect@thedldproject.com. We are happy to answer questions and provide additional guidance.

Researchers and clinicians are invited to apply for the IDLDRC Developmental Language Disorder Research Grant 2022. Through the application process, the research team need to demonstrate their ability to undertake the project and achieve positive outcomes for individuals with DLD.

Please submit your proposal via email to connect@thedldproject.com by close of business on Friday 10 June 2022.

Access the research grant application form here.

Thank you to our 2021 IDLDRC Sponsors



The Informed SLP is a website dedicated to connecting clinicians and scientists with each other’s work. They read hundreds of journals and articles each month, then distill the clinically actionable information into a monthly digest. 

Search their database to learn more, at www.theinformedslp.com



Accredited training that raises standards, develops good practice, and provides value for money.

Elklan Training is the leading UK provider of accredited training for education and early years staff in speech, language, and communication. Over 70,000 learners have received external accreditation through our network of 4,000 Elklan tutors.

Courses are run for staff and parents supporting children and young people in mainstream schools, pre-school settings and specialist education provision. Bespoke training can be commissioned upon request.

All courses are accredited through OCN London and teach strategies to support children and young people’s speech and language development. Find out more at their website.

Keynote Sponsor

(Assoc Prof Suze Leitão Session)


Resources for teachers and speech and language pathologists working with children with Developmental Language Disorder and speech, language & communication needs (SLCN), that’s our business.

Cost-effective, attractive resources, assessments and Apps, which are devised by experts and loved by children. Visit the Black Sheep Press website to learn more.

Keynote Sponsor

(Prof Tiffany hogan)

Based in Western Australia, Fremantle Speech Pathology Services is a dynamic multidisciplinary clinic with over 25 therapists working across language and literacy areas.

The clinic promotes a strong culture of collaboration and support across the speech pathology community; it provides practical clinical experience for final year speech pathology students, which affords enormous satisfaction for all involved.

Visit the Fremantle Speech Pathology Services website for more information.

Become a Sponsor of IDLDRC 2022

There are different levels of sponsorship packages for IDLDRC 2022 and recognition will be given to each sponsor at online events, in pre-conference marketing materials, and on thedldproject.com. This is a great opportunity to highlight your business, program or institution in front of conference participants, researchers, educators, people with DLD and their families.

IDLDRC provides an excellent opportunity for your organisation to:

  • Gain exposure to national, regional and international delegates;
  • Maintain a high profile with your target market;
  • Demonstrate your involvement, commitment and support of people with DLD and those who empower them;
  • Launch new products and services.
If you’d like to discuss sponsorhsip opportunities for IDLDRC 2022 please send us an email at connect@thedldproject.com.

Who Hosted IDLDRC 2021?

The International DLD Research Conference was coordinated by The DLD Project in Australia. We are an impact focussed social enterprise founded to elevate awareness and understanding of DLD.