Towards the Primary Platform for
Language Technologies in Europe

Open Call #2

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

We received slightly more project proposals from SMEs (60) than from 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 on 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.

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.

A webinar for applicants took place on Thursday, 12 November 2020. You can watch it here. The presentation and the summary of the discussion are also available.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for a pilot project?

SMEs and research organisations. Only beneficiaries legally established in any of the Horizon 2020 eligible countries will be eligible to apply for the Pilot Projects. Please check if your country is eligible.

How can I get access to the ELG?

The European Language Grid is available at https://live.european-language-grid.eu. In order to be able to use or provide services, please send an inquiry for a user account to contact@european-language-grid.eu. Once you have created your account at the Open Calls platform, a user account on the ELG itself will be provided automatically. Self-registering will be enabled for Release 2. Please also consult the technical documentation.

What is the maximum budget?

The maximum amount per project is €200,000.

How much money is allocated for pilot projects in total?

Approx. €1,950,000 are to be distributed in total in two open calls. There is € 585,000 left for the second call.

How many calls will you open?

There will be two open calls. The first was opened in March 2020, this is the second and last call.

Can I receive internal feedback on my project proposal?

All project proposals are going to be evaluated by three independent evaluators and the Pilot Board using the evaluation criteria specified in the Call Documentation. Please note that we cannot help you with the content of your project as we need to maintain equal access to information for all applicants (i.e., no individual consultations are possible). We would like to point your attention to the Call Documentation, FAQ and other documents that we have published on our website.

How many pilot projects do you expect to select?

We expect that 3-6 projects will be selected in Call 2, up to the maximum funding available.

Can we submit more than one proposal?

Yes. Up to two proposals per applicant will be accepted for evaluation, one for objective A and one for objective B (see Call Documentation). If the project proposal is not accepted in the first call, resubmission to the second call is allowed.

Can I submit a project proposal and also register as an evaluator?

Yes, you can. It is specified on our website who can apply to become an evaluator of project proposals. Please follow the instructions in the Guide for Applicants. As detailed, you can register to the ELG Open Calls Platform for both roles at once.

Can we collaborate with partners in our project?

No. You are allowed to apply as an individual organisation only.

Can we use the “linked third parties” model?

No. We do not have a “linked third party” clause/rule in the framework specifications of our Open Call.

For a type A project, how are we supposed to share our services?

You will share your services via ELG (see examples in the grid). For type A projects (extending the ELG capabilities), the resource, tool or service has to be integrated into ELG. A license will be signed between ELG and the Pilot Project to specify the terms of use. It must be available at least as a demo and/or for research purposes for free. Any commercial use will either be specified in the license agreement, or it will be postponed until the ELG will have an established model for full commercial exploitation. Regarding the IP rights, please see the Third Party Agreement Model, section 6.

For a type B project, how are we supposed to set up the business model?

For type B projects (developing an application using the existing ELG resources, tools or services), the resulting application must be described in the ELG catalogue, pointing to a place where it is available (e.g., a company website), and which acknowledges the ELG Open Call funding. The integration of the resulting service is also possible. A service level agreement negotiated during the execution of the project will be signed between the Third Party and ELG. For more information, please see the Third Party Agreement document.

Is my project type A or type B?

Sometimes there is no sharp line between the two. We recommend to describe and explain your project idea well in your proposal. The categorization of your project might be changed during the evaluation process. This does not have any impact on the chance of acceptance. Please see the Call Documentation for more information.

What is meant by “results of your project must be integrated into the ELG”?

Your resulting services, tools and resources will be shared via the ELG platform. The ELG Technical Team will guide you through the integration process.

Are there any priority topics in the open call?

There are no priorities. We want to select the best projects based on the evaluation of three independent experts and the Pilot Board. It is yet to be decided if there are any priorities for the Second Call that will be published in September 2020.

Does Brexit have any implications on eligibility?

No. The Withdrawal Agreement as agreed between the European Union and the United Kingdom entered into force on 1 February 2020. In the overall terms, on the basis of the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK-based legal entities will continue to be fully eligible to participate and receive funding in the current 2014-2020 EU programs, including Horizon 2020, as if the UK were a member state until the closure of these programs unless security considerations apply. This means that UK beneficiaries can continue – without interruption – receiving grants awarded under the current and previous MFFs until their end dates, even if these are after 2020 (Source: European Commission).

Where can we send our questions?

You can contact us at pilot-projects@european-language-grid.eu.