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Open Calls for ELG Pilot Projects

ELG will publish two open calls for demonstrator projects.

The first call will be published in March 2020, and the second in September 2020.

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These pilot projects shall broaden ELG’s portfolio of language technologies. They 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.

Amounts awarded to a single project will be up to 200,000€, the duration of the projects is expected to be in the 9-12 months range.

SMEs as well as research organisations will be allowed to apply for individual pilot projects.

In case you are interested in participating in the open calls, getting more information, getting involved in the evaluation of the proposals, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.


Open Call – Key Facts

These open call key facts are also available as a PDF document.

Objectives of the pilot projects a) Contribute services, tools and/or data sets to the European Language Grid to increase coverage of ELG.
b) Develop applications using language technologies available in the ELG.

Results of the projects shall be made available through the ELG.
Funding From €50.000 (minimum) to €200.000 (maximum amount per project)
Approx. €2.000.000 to be distributed in total
Eligibility
  • Only SMEs and research organisations
  • Horizon 2020 eligible countries
  • One organisation per project only
  • Two proposals per applicant will be accepted for evaluation
  • Resubmission is allowed in the second call
Proposals
  • Short proposal (approx. 5 – 10 pages, incl. formalities)
  • Lightweight procedure
Evaluation criteria
  • Objective fit
  • Technical approach
  • Business, Integration and Dissemination (“BID”) plan
  • Budget adequacy
  • Team
Project execution Four-phase process, consisting of the following activities:
(1) Open call
(2) Experiment
(3) Integration
(4) Dissemination
Schedule
First call
  • published: March 2020
  • project submission period: March – April 2020
  • project start: July 2020
  • project duration: 9 – 12 months
Second call
  • published: September 2020
  • project submission period: September – October 2020
  • project start: January 2021
  • project duration: 9 – 11 months
Funding Principle Lump Sum in three payments:
1.50 % after signing the contract
2.35 % after demonstrating the results after the end of activity Experiment
3.15 % after completing the activities Integration and Dissemination
Contact pilot-projects@european-language-grid.eu

Open Calls

As mentioned above, the first call will be published in March 2020, and the second in September 2020.

While the first call will reflect the partial completion of the ELG at the time of the call, both calls will share the same objectives and procedures. There are two types of projects envisaged that applicants have to categorise their submissions into: application and language technologies (services), which both have to be connected to the ELG.

While the latter will expand the ELG’s offerings (tools, services, datasets), the former will have to demonstrate the use of existing ELG services in downstream applications.

Pilot Board

The Pilot Board will be set up for the supervision of the pilot projects. It will provide a forum so that the ELG project can discuss the progress of the pilots, their intermediate feedback and results.

The Pilot Board is meant to be the main technical and strategic interface between the pilot projects and ELG so that the project can maximise its benefit from supporting the pilots and also to make sure that the pilot projects maximally benefit from the European Language Grid.

Outcome of the Pilot Projects

Pilot projecs will add their own services and data sets to the ELG itself to realise an innovative application, most likely together with one client or customer. Furthermore, ELG will gain valuable user feedback from the pilot projects that will use actual ELG services.

The pilots will demonstrate the usefulness of the ELG platform in specific sectors of high commercial or societal impact.


If you are interested in participating in the open calls, receiving more information, getting involved in the evaluation of the proposals, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.