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CLARIN Mobility Grants


Notification

As the COVID-19 dynamics are preventing the CLARIN community to conduct face-to-face activities, we warmly invite funding proposals for the preparation of virtual events and other creative formats that could contribute to the continued outreach to communities of use. The normal application guidelines are temporarily suspended. Instead, we ask applicants to convincingly summarize their plans in a format of their choice. If you have any questions about how to prepare your proposal, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

CLARIN Mobility Grants help researchers, developers and educators for the funding of short visits between representatives of CLARIN sites 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 integration of resources, tools, services and centres in European countries not currently in the CLARIN ERIC;
  • initiate, develop and strengthen collaboration between CLARIN developers, researchers and educators in the humanities and social sciences.

The eligibility criteria have been kept simple. Applicants just have to fulfil both of these criteria:

  • they are based in a CLARIN ERIC country;
  • the collaboration is clearly focussed on use or development of (aspects of) the CLARIN infrastructure.

Although funding can only go to researchers and educators based in a CLARIN ERIC country, the hosting centre does not necessarily have to be in a CLARIN ERIC country. Either the home institution of the applicant or the centre hosting the visit must have a strong ongoing connection with CLARIN.

Background

In order to enhance integration within CLARIN at the human resources level, and thus to reduce the risk of creating a two-speed CLARIN, a Mobility Grant scheme is in place. The aim is to allow researchers, educators and technical staff working at centres in CLARIN ERIC member countries (or organisations) to pay short visits (typically up to 1 week) to centres in other countries in order to undertake one or more of the following:

A: “Horizontal mobility”, between CLARIN centres in different countries:

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

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

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

(d)   for technical, scientific and pedagogic staff to collaborate with technical, scientific or pedagogic staff on porting solutions between centres, languages and/or disciplines.

B: “Vertical mobility”, between CLARIN centres on the one hand, and humanities or social sciences research institutes and universities (not necessarily CLARIN centres) across Europe on the other:

(e)   for scholars to receive training in using the infrastructure to conduct research in the humanities or social sciences, or

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

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

(h)   for 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. 

CLARIN centres can be both infrastructure centres, data centres, service centres and knowledge centres acknowledged by CLARIN ERIC.  

Procedure

  • There is a continuous call, for grants up to € 1.000 each
  • The grants should be used within 3 months after the submission date
  • Applications will be checked for eligibility by the CLARIN ERIC Office (see conditions below)
  • For the eligible applications peer review will be organized.
  • In case several applications are submitted around the same time while there is a serious chance that the available budget will run out, the peer review committee may decide to rank the proposals and only award the highest ranked proposals. The community will be informed (via the NCF, the website and the newsflash) as soon as there is a risk of the budget running out.
  • The main assessment criteria will be: the expected impact on integration across CLARIN teams, and the potential for effective knowledge transfer between teams or to one or more communities of use. Especially the fostering of allies with new sub-communities in the humanities and social sciences research community at large are welcomed. 
  • The grantee submits a blog post after completion of the visit, together with a reimbursement claim (forms available from clarin@clarin.eu).

Eligibility

  • Horizontal mobility grants can be used for visits of staff between CLARIN centres and should involve sharing of technical expertise and know-how in building the CLARIN infrastructure (and may involve a visit to a centre in another country)

  • Vertical mobility grants can be used for visits of staff from centres in a CLARIN ERIC country on the one hand, and a humanities and social research institution or university (not necessarily CLARIN centres) on the other hand

  • Mobility grants can only be used for staff based in one of the CLARIN ERIC member and observer countries

  • Mobility grants are intended for bilateral, personal collaboration, and cannot be used to attend workshops, conferences or other scientific events, or meetings of CLARIN committees or working groups. If clearly justified a grant can be asked for a meeting between more than two people, e.g. to enable an IT expert and a humanities researcher or educator to travel somewhere in tandem.

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 € 1.000, 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 € 100 for each full day to cover the extra cost of accommodation and subsistence
  • Funding from other sources may be sought in addition to this grant if needed.
  • Reimbursement will only take place after receival of a blog post for the CLARIN website (blog post instructions and template are available).

Application procedure

  • The applicant sends this application form by email to mobility-grant@clarin.eu, with the following information:
    • 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 the CLARIN ERIC Office, no need to collect signatures):
      • from the host institution that it is willing to be the host and to make access available to staff and facilities
      • from the national CLARIN coordinator of the country where the applicant is based

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 <name institute> that is being prepared by <name/affiliation applicant>.

Guest blog posts

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

 
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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 TEI.  

 
 

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.