CLARIN Mobility Grants

Introduction

In order to enhance integration within CLARIN at the human resources level, and to stimulate the capacity in the realm of technical development, training and uptake, CLARIN Mobility Grants are available to support individual researchers, developers and educators with funding for short visits (typically up to 1 week) between representatives of CLARIN sites from different countries to collaborate on building and using the CLARIN infrastructure.

The mobility grants are designed to:

  • promote technical capacity building and sharing of expertise between CLARIN centres and countries;
  • assist with the integration of resources, tools, services and centres in European countries that currently are not a member or of CLARIN ;
  • initiate, develop and strengthen collaboration between CLARIN developers, researchers and educators in the humanities and social sciences;
  • foster collaboration with new communities in the humanities and social sciences research community at large and beyond.

The mobility grants can be used for:

  • visits of staff members from a CLARIN centre to another CLARIN node aimed at sharing technical expertise and know-how in building the CLARIN infrastructure, or
  • trips to meetings of staff members from a CLARIN centre on the one hand, and a humanities and social research institution or university, on the other hand, aimed at stimulating the uptake of the CLARIN infrastructure.

Eligibility

The eligibility criteria have been kept simple. Applicants need to fulfil these criteria:

  • they are based in a CLARIN ERIC country or affiliated with a CLARIN centre;
  • the collaboration is clearly focussed on use or development of (aspects of) the CLARIN infrastructure;
  • the home institution of the applicant or the node hosting the visit must have a strong ongoing connection with CLARIN; 
  • the applicant's institution and the node to be visited are located in different countries.

If clearly justified, a grant can be asked for a meeting which requires more than one person travelling, e.g. to enable an IT expert and a humanities researcher or educator to travel somewhere in tandem.

Mobility grants are primarily intended for bilateral, personal collaboration, and not for the attendance of workshops, conferences or other scientific events, or meetings of CLARIN committees or working groups.

Examples of exchange formats

The following examples may illustrate that the range of possible exchanges for which grant applications can be submitted:

(a) technical, scientific and teaching staff from CLARIN centres to receive training in all aspects related to setting up or operating centres and/or services;

(b) experts from CLARIN centres to provide in situ training in their area of expertise to other teams;

(c) technical, scientific and teaching staff from CLARIN centres to collaborate with technical, scientific and teaching staff on the solution of specific problems related to the construction or operation of CLARIN;

(d) technical, scientific and teaching staff from different CLARIN nodes to collaborate on porting solutions between centres, languages and/or disciplines;

(e) scholars to receive training in using the infrastructure to conduct research in the humanities or social sciences and beyond;

(f) university educators to receive training in using the infrastructure to integrate it into the teaching of humanities or social sciences courses;

(g) experts from CLARIN centres to provide in situ training in their areas of expertise to humanities or social sciences research or teaching teams;

(h) scholars or educators to collaborate with technical or scientific staff from a CLARIN centre on using the CLARIN infrastructure as an instrument in a specific humanities or social sciences research or teaching project.

Application and assessment procedure

  • This is a continuous call for grants up to € 1.200 each. (If the call budget would be close to exhaustion, this will be announced on this webpage and in the CLARIN newsflash.)
  • Applications will be checked for eligibility by the CLARIN Office (see above).
  • For the eligible applications, peer review will be organised. The main assessment criteria will be:
    • the expected impact on integration across CLARIN teams;
    • the potential for effective knowledge transfer between nodes in the CLARIN network;
    • the contribution to the uptake of the CLARIN infrastructure in new communities of use.
  • The applicant sends this application form by email to mobility-grant@clarin.eu, with the following information elements:
    • Applicant’s contact details;
    • Information about home and host institution;
    • A brief description of the purpose of the visit and the work plan;
    • A provisional budget, with a breakdown for the major cost categories (travel, per diem, other);
    • Statements of endorsement (to be sent separately by email to CLARIN ERIC Office, no need to collect signatures) from the host institution that it is willing to be the host and to provide access to staff and facilities. The statement can be as short as: "I have seen the application and I endorse the request for a mobility grant for a visit to that is being prepared by."
  • Applications will be processed within 3 weeks.

Terms and conditions

  • The typical maximum duration of a visit is 7 days; this may be distributed over 2 or more stays, and visits may be prolonged if other sources of funding are available.
  • The maximum amount for a grant is € 1.200, and it can be used to cover:
    • Travel from the applicant’s domicile to the site to be visited and back, according to CLARIN ERIC travel reimbursement rules (typically economy, lowest fare)
    • A fixed per diem of € 125 for each full day to cover the extra cost of accommodation and subsistence
  • The grants should be used within 3 months after the submission date.
  • A blog post about the visit that is suitable for publication on the CLARIN ERIC website is due within 2 months after the visit (blog post instructions and template are available).
  • Reimbursement will only take place after receipt of the blog post for the CLARIN website.
  • The CLARIN funding is to be mentioned in all external communication related to the visit.

Guest blog posts

Here you can read some blog posts written by researchers, developers and educators who received the CLARIN Mobility Grant.

 

Blog post about the CLARIN seminars on legal issues that were organised to enhance competencies relating to legal aspects of language research and strengthen interdisciplinary cooperation within CLARIN.

 
 

Blog post by Tanja Wissik who used a CLARIN Mobility Grant to visit the Jožef Stefan Institute and learn more about encoding parliamentary data in .  

 
 

The CLARIN Mobility Grant made it possible for Wilbert Heeringa to visit Sprakbanken, compare tools and exchange knowledge and ideas. The visit took place from 28 January to 1 February 2019. Read about it in his blog post

 
 

CLARIN-PL representatives Justyna Wieczorek and Jan Wieczorek visited UNISA and SADiLaR, South Africa. The main purpose of their visit was to conduct a workshop on the use of the WordNetLoom tool for the development of the African Wordnet.

 
 

Blog post written by Beatrice Nava who used the CLARIN Mobility Grant in order to enrich her studies about digital editions of Ancient Greek fragmentary poetry and Digital Humanities at the Centre for Language Technology (Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, University of Copenhagen).

 
 

Blog post on the CLARIN sysops team visiting the Eurac Research centre to exchange knowledge on GitLab CI, Kubernetes, Docker best practices and Docker build and deploy workflows.

 
 

Blogpost by Jozef Misutka from Czech LINDAT/CLARIN who received a CLARIN Mobility Grant in October 2017 to visit the CLARIN.SI team at the Jožef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

 
 

Blog post written by Jan Niestadt who received the CLARIN Mobility Grant in November 2017.

 
 

A blog post by Yin Yin Lu who received a CLARIN Mobility Grant in October 2017.