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Survey for LT developers and users: Shape the future of European Language Technology

Despite the recognizable advantages and historical and cultural worth of multilingualism, the many European languages face a striking imbalance in terms of their preservation in the digital world and their support by language technology. The European Language Equality project (ELE) addresses this risk to European identity in the digital age by preparing a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda and Roadmap working towards digital language equality by 2030. The European Language Grid (ELG) is closely related to this project, offering LT developers, researchers and providers an inclusive platform to present, share and market their language technologies and connect within the European LT community.

As part of the two projects that are funded by the European Commission and address an appeal by the European Parliament resolution titled “Language equality in the digital age”, we are reaching out both to LT developers and LT users to participate in a large-scale, EU-wide consultation that will impact and shape the future of language technologies in the multilingual continent. The two surveys are aimed on the one hand at academic and commercial developers in the field of Language Technology (LT), Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Language-centric Artificial Intelligence (AI) and on the other at all Language Technology users and consumers.

The questionnaire takes approximately 20 minutes to fill in; your answers will help evaluating the level of LT support for European Languages, indicating the challenges and highlighting the needs and expectations of professionals and users in the future. Your contributions will be carefully taken into account when preparing the ELE strategic agenda and roadmap.

The European Language Equality project is a pan-European effort that will significantly impact the field and funding situation of LT in Europe for the next 10 to 15 years. Help us shape the future of multilingualism in the digital age – join in!


  • Survey for Language Technology developers

  • Survey for Language Technology users and consumers

  • Anonymisation Training Day for Young Researchers

    On 25 May 2021, the H2020 project LT-Bridge will organise a training day focusing on anonymisation, which is especially targeted at young researchers in the area of computer linguistics, computer science and language technology. Supported by the Latvian Language Technology company Tilde, the free online event will take place from 11:00 am to 15:30 pm CEST via Zoom.

    The training day will give early-stage researchers the possibility to get together to explore the possibilities of anonymisation in the context of language data, in addition to connecting and extending their networks. Besides a general overview of anonymisation, including different strategies, levels and challenges with regard to language data, the training day will also focus more specifically on:

    – Anonymisation for monolingual text analysis
    – Named Entity Recognition for anonymisation
    – Parallel text anonymisation for machine translation
    – Anonymisation of speech data
    – Legal aspects of anonymisation
    – Available tools and applications

    To join the event, register here

    About LT-Bridge

    The LT-Bridge project is coordinated by the University of Malta’s AI Department and the Institute of Computational Linguistics. It aims to strengthen both the research and innovation capacities at the University of Malta and to create a European-level Centre of Excellence, which is capable of narrowing or even closing the technology gap for Maltese. The Horizon 2020 project started on 1 January 2021 and is based on a collaboration between University of Malta, the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the ADAPT Centre of Dublin City University (DCU), and the IDIAP Research Institute (IDIAP) in Switzerland.


    Results of Open Call for Pilot Projects #2

    We are happy to publish the results of the second Open Call for pilot projects. The Open Call #2 was closed on 30 November 2020. In total, 103 project proposals were accepted for evaluation, with applications coming from 28 countries. All proposals were evaluated by three independent experts and by the ELG Pilot Board. The Pilot Board has selected five projects, amounting for a funding of EUR 584,396 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 Agreements and start their execution phases.

    All applicants will receive a brief feedback on their project proposal in the upcoming weeks. The second open call was also the last one funded during the runtime of the ELG project.

    Thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal for their efforts dedicated. Even if not selected, we highly appreciate the enormous interest in the European Language Grid and hope to collaborate with all interested parties in the future. Many thanks also to all independent evaluators involved for their work.

    And last but not least: Congratulations to the five successful applicants – the competition again was very tough! For more information on the ELG open calls, don’t hesitate to contact us at pilot-projects@european-language-grid.eu.


    Second Open Call for Pilot Projects closed with 103 submissions

    The second ELG open call for pilot projects was closed on 30 November 2020. In total, 103 project proposals were accepted for evaluation with applicants from 28 countries.

    We received slightly more project proposals from SMEs (60) than research organisations (43). The majority of the proposals focus on contributing resources, services, tools, or data sets to the European Language Grid platform to increase its coverage (66), while there are 37 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 mid-February 2021. The selected projects will start in March 2021.

    In both calls combined, we received 213 project proposals from 156 different institutions (86 SMEs, 70 research organizations) coming from 32 different countries (including 9 eligible countries outside the European Union). Total requested amount is more than 30 mil. EUR, whilst available funding amounts 1.95 mil. EUR.

    As in the first open call, we are happy 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.


    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.