Grant Funding for CEF eTranslation Now Available

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Supported by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), the call for proposals (CEF-TC-2018-2) provides grant funding of up to € 5 million to support the adoption of CEF eTranslation in your organisation. CEF funding covers up to 75% of the implementation costs. The deadline for applications is 18 September 2018.

Multilingualism  is  one  of  the  greatest  assets  of  cultural  diversity  in  Europe  and,  at the  same time,  one  of  the  most  substantial  challenges  for  the  creation  of  a  truly  integrated  EU.

CEF eTranslation helps European and national public administrations exchange information across language barriers in the EU, by providing machine translation capabilities that will enable all Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs) to be multilingual.

The eTranslation service allows users to instantly translate words, sentences, full documents, and websites from one language to another. It provides a machine translation service between any pair of EU official languages, Icelandic and Norwegian (Bokmål). Translations are performed at speeds of up to one sentence per second – infinitely faster than any human can translate.

Below you will find some key information needed to submit a grant proposal. However, you will need to read thoroughly the Call Text and supporting documentation, which outlines the objectives of the grant funding and how to apply, before submission. The Innovation & Networks Executive Agency (INEA) provides the call text and supporting information on grants. INEA is responsible for organising CEF calls for proposals.

Broadly, CEF eTranslation funding in 2018 supports the following activities:

  • Collaborative language resource projects to make language resource provision to CEF eTranslation easier. This will include identification, processing (anonymization, aggregation, alignment, conversion, etc.) and collecting language resources in the Member States. Priority will be given to language resources in those CEF languages for which there is not enough data available to offer good quality automated translation services (so called "under-resourced" languages).  Priority  will  also  be  given  to language resources in the domains relevant for the CEF Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs), taking into account the demand for addressing the specific language or DSI.  Generic language resources may also be targeted to improve the overall quality of eTranslation for a broader set of text styles and to extend its lexical coverage.
  • Integration projects to make online services multilingual with existing technology, working on real systems (CEF DSIs and/or national online services and portals related to CEF DSI services). Projects are expected to use the eTranslation service (alone or in combination with other non-commercial/commercial tools and services) and are expected to become fully functional and integrated in the relevant services within the duration of the project.

Interested in applying? Be sure to check you fulfil the necessary submission criteria (as defined in the 2018 Work Programme and Article 9 of the CEF Regulation):

  • The proposal must include the agreement of the concerned Member State(s);
  • The  composition  of  the  proposing  consortium  complies  with  the  requirements  set  out  in the 2018 Work Programme and call text;
  • The proposal is submitted by legal persons as referred to in section 4.3.1 of the 2018 Work Programme

The  proposals  will  be  evaluated  on  the  basis  of  three  criteria:  ‘Relevance’, ‘Quality and efficiency of the implementation’ and ‘Impact’.

The timetable for this call for proposals is as follows:

Date of publication of call for proposals

3 May 2018

Deadline for the submission of proposals

18 September 2018 (17:00.00 Brussels time)

Evaluation of proposals

October-December 2018 (indicative)

Consultation of the CEF Committee

January 2019 (indicative)

Adoption of the Selection Decision

January 2019 (indicative)

Preparation and signature of grant agreements

between January and June 2019 (indicative)



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Last updated on  May 03, 2018 11:54

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