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Second Open Call – Webinar for Applicants

The Webinar for Applicants in the Second ELG Open Call for pilot projects will take place online on Thursday, 12 November 2020, 10.00 – 11.30 (CET). At the meeting, we will talk about the goals of the open call and
briefly present the call documentation and its annexes. The second part of the webinar will be dedicated to questions and discussion. You can share your questions and topics for discussion with us in advance at
pilot-projects@european-language-grid.eu.

We will share the link to this meeting with project managers that have created their account in our Open Calls Platform. For information on how to register to the Open Calls Platform and on the Second Open Call, please go to the Open Call #2 website.


Second Open Call for Pilot Projects published

The second and last ELG open call for pilot projects has just been published. The submission period will last for two months until the end of November and the proposal submission deadline is 30 November 2020. The total funding sum available for this call is 585,000 EUR. We expect to select 3 to 5 project proposals that will start their execution phase in February 2021.

For more information see the call documentation on the Open Call #2 page.

Also, please note that ELG is still looking for external evaluators to evaluate project proposals submitted in the open calls for the pilot projects.


Second Open Call will Open in October 2020

After a very successful first open call for pilot projects, open call no. 2 is now in preparation. It will be opened on 1 October 2020 — one month later than originally planned. The submission period will last for two months until the end of November and the proposal submission deadline is 30 November 2020. The total funding sum available for this call is 585,000 EUR. We expect to select 3 to 5 project proposals that will start their execution phase in February 2021.

The basic parameters for the second open call remain the same: We will look for pilot projects that shall broaden the ELG’s portfolio of language technologies. The projects will develop missing services or solutions that support underrepresented languages. At the same time, the pilot projects should demonstrate the usefulness of the European Language Grid as a technology platform. The amount awarded to each project can be up to 200,000 EUR, and the runtime of the projects is expected to be between 9 and 12 months. SMEs and research organisations are eligible to apply and the projects will be non-consortial, i.e., only one single organisation or institution is allowed per project.


Results of the Open Call for Pilot Projects #1

It is a great pleasure for us to announce the results of the first ELG open call for pilot projects.

The Open Call #1 was closed on 30 April 2020. In total, 110 project proposals were accepted for evaluation, with applications coming from 29 countries. All proposals were evaluated by three independent experts and by the ELG Pilot Board.

The ELG Pilot Board has selected 10 projects, amounting to a funding sum of EUR 1,363,915 in total. You can find more information on the call as well as the list of selected projects here. The selected projects will now sign the Third Party Agreement and start their execution phase.

All applicants will receive a brief feedback on their project proposal in the next weeks. If the project proposal was not accepted in the first call, a resubmission in the second call is possible. The second ELG open call for pilot projects will be opened in September or October 2020.

Thank you to all applicants for the effort dedicated to the first call and for submitting their project proposals. We appreciate the enormous interest in the European Language Grid and hope for future collaboration with all interested parties. Thank you also to all independent evaluators involved for their work.

Congratulations to all successful applicants – the competition was tough!

For more information on the ELG open calls, don’t hesitate to contact us at pilot-projects@european-language-grid.eu.


Enormous interest in the first ELG Open Call for Pilot Projects

The first ELG open call for pilot projects was closed on 30 April 2020. In total, 110 project proposals were accepted for evaluation with applicants from 29 countries.

We received slightly more project proposals from SMEs (62) than research organisations (48). The majority of the proposals focus on contributing resources, services, tools, or data sets to the European Language Grid platform to increase its coverage (79), while there are 31 proposals developing applications using language resources and technologies available in the ELG platform.

All proposals will be evaluated by three independent experts and by the ELG Pilot Board. We expect to announce the results of the evaluation and selection process by the end of June 2020. The selected projects will start in July 2020.

The whole ELG team is excited about this enormous interest in the European Language Grid and the Language Technology topic in general. Good luck to all proposers!

For more information on the ELG open calls, don’t hesitate to contact us at pilot-projects@european-language-grid.eu.


Deadline for projects of First Open Call confirmed

We are pleased by the great interest in the first ELG open call for pilot projects so far. The deadline for submitting your projects is 30 April 2020.

As mentioned in the call documentation, we have no specific priorities in this open call. At the same time, projects related to the current COVID-19 situation are more than welcome.

Please note that we updated the Frequently Asked Questions with new ones that have been raised since the First Open Call was opened.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at
pilot-projects@european-language-grid.eu.


First Call for Pilot Projects Published

Within the ELG project, we will run two open calls. The first call was opened on 1 March 2020, projects can be submitted until 30 April 2020. The second call for pilot projects will be opened in September 2020.

The projects should last 9–12 months and can be funded with a budget of up to €200,000. They should contribute resources, services, tools or datasets to the ELG to increase its coverage, or they should develop applications using language resources and technologies available in the ELG. SMEs and research organisations are eligible for project funding. Proposals are to be submitted via the ELG Open Calls Platform.

This is a good opportunity for interested parties to boost their language technologies and to become part of the European Language Grid.

For more information see the call documentation and the Open Calls page on the ELG website.


Call for Evaluators

ELG is looking for external evaluators to evaluate project proposals submitted in the open calls for the pilot projects.

The proposal template is simple and the evaluation procedure is set to be lightweight. Project proposals will be max. 10 pages long, including title page and formalities. We estimate the evaluation of single project to last approx. 1 hour. Evaluators will receive a fee of EUR 40 per one evaluated project. We expect each evaluator to be assigned to 4 – 8 projects for evaluation.

This is a continuous call for evaluators, and it will remain open as long as needed; applicants can select the call (first or second call or both) they would like to evaluate. 

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