EU Funding Opportunities

Two main funding programmes address Language Technologies: Horizon 2020 (ICT Work Programme) and CEF-Connecting Europe Facility.

The Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2018-2020 contains a call for 2018 under the heading of ICT-29-2018 "A multilingual Next Generation Internet". The Call and final work programme was published end October 2017. It foresees to action lines: An Innovation Action for "A European Language Grid" (with a budget of 7 MEUR) and probably 6 projects for  Domain-specific/challenge-oriented Human Language Technology as Research & Innovation Actions, each in the estimated magnitude of MEUR 3. At the Proposers' Day in Budapest on 9/10 November, the Networking Session on "A multlingual Next Generation Internet" provided more information and a platform for elevator pitches for proposal ideas. Deadline for proposal submission is 17 April 2018.

CEF - Connecting Europe Facility, the targeted infrastructure programme at European level, provides opportunities through its CEF Automated tranlsation (CEF.AT or eTranlsation) that is helping European and national public administrations exchange information across language barriers in the EU.

The  call CEF-TC-2017-3  eTranslation opened on 28 June 2017 with a deadline of 28 November 2017. A virtual Info Day was held on 12 September 2017.
See also CEF Work Programme 2017 pp.32 ff. All information is available on the website of the virtual Info Day.

A call for proposals (CEF-TC-2016-3) was opened on 20 September 2016 including Automated Translation with an indicative budget of 6.5 MEUR but closed in December 2016. All documents necessary for potential applicants can be found here. The presentation on Automated Translation by Aleksandra Wesolowska can be found here. Or you can watch the recorded webstream of the Virtual Info Day. Check out the FAQs. Member States contacts points (for obligatory agreement).

PAST H2020 CALLS (from Big Data Unit):
In Horizon 2020, language technologies were part of the "Big Data Value Chain" until Work Programme 2016/17. In the Horizon 2020 ICT Work Programme 2016/17, an introduction on page 5 refers to "Application of language technologies is supported under topic ICT-14, 15 and 16 (Big Data PPP)" and encourages the use of language technologies for human-to-human and human-to-machine interaction and communication. The 2017 call closed on 25 April 2017.

Big Data Value Chain background documents and links for information are available:

• Technical Background Notes Big Data PPP WP2016-2017 ICT-14 (416 KB)
• Technical Background Notes Big Data PPP WP2016-2017 ICT-15 (320 KB)
• Technical Background Notes Big Data PPP WP2016-2017 ICT-16 (109 KB)
• Technical Background Notes Big Data PPP WP2016-2017 ICT-17 (333 KB)

Past event:
A big data PPP networking session took place on 26 September 2016 at the Proposers Day in Bratislava.

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