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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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