Call for Proposals: Pilot project for ensuring European digital language equality

2020-06-11

Developing a strategic research, innovation and implementation agenda and a roadmap for achieving full digital language equality in Europe by 2030.

The European Commission is offering €1.8 millions of funding for a pilot project with the goal to ensure digital language equality in Europe. The call, which opened today (11 June 2020) foresees the development of a “Strategic research, innovation and implementation agenda and a roadmap for achieving full digital language equality in Europe by 2030”. The deadline for application is 29 July 2020.

This ambitious endeavour stems from the findings of various studies and resolutions, showing that there is a striking imbalance in terms of digital language technologies across Europe with only a few languages (e.g. English, French and Spanish) being well supported. At the moment, more than 20 official languages and many more regional and minority languages are considered to be in danger of digital extinction.

European language technologies have the potential to overcome this linguistic divide in the digital world. Therefore, the pilot project’s mission will be to create 1) a sustainable evidence-based strategic research agenda and 2) a roadmap, setting out actions, processes, tools and actors to achieve full digital language equality of all languages used within Europe (official or otherwise). The research agenda should illustrate the current state of language technologies and language equality within the EU and provide a detailed picture of the situation that is needed to achieve digital language equality. The roadmap will then outline the path and the means required to implement the agenda and to ensure that digital language equality becomes a reality by 2030.

Further details are available on the corresponding call page. Submit your proposal to help ensure language equality in the digital world and to save those languages that are in danger of digital extinction.