CLARIN Workshops


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 is supporting the organisation of workshops by funding the following types of events:

  • Workshop type I: addressing a topic that is in line with one or more of the strategic priorities of CLARIN 
  • Workshop type II: meant to prepare a work plan for a development project of up to three person months, again contributing to one or more of the strategic priorities of CLARIN.

The funding procedure is designed to be as flexible as possible, and therefore, much is left to the imagination and initiative of proposers and to the discretion and judgment of the assessment panel. However, the organisers of proposed workshops should plan the event in such a way that broad interest across member countries is ensured, and this potential international involvement should be articulated in the proposal. Representatives from at least 3 CLARIN countries should be involved in the organisation.

Workshop types

Workshop type I

This category of workshops is supposed to have a topical focus and a set-up that ensures the active engagement of the participants. The workshop should lead to an overview of results (insights, models, guidelines, etc., that could help CLARIN to improve (aspects of) the research infrastructure and to reach beyond the current state-of-the-art) as well as practical follow-up actions. The results should be summarized in a short report to be submitted within two months of the completion of the funded workshop. The reports will be published on the CLARIN website in form of blogs.

Assessment Criteria:

  • Proposals should indicate how the workshop will address the overall strategic priorities of CLARIN ERIC, and in particular how it would contribute to CLARIN's mission to promote language resources and tools in the humanities, social sciences, and beyond.
  • Clarity of the goal description, draft workshop agenda, soundness of budget, and composition of the organising team.

Workshop type II 

Proposals for this category of workshops should be geared towards the specification of a work plan for the development of novel services or tools that could be integrated into the CLARIN infrastructure. The new services or tools should meet the relevant criteria for quality.

Assessment Criteria:

  • Soundness of timeline and budget, qualifications of the development team involved.
  • Maximum duration: six months.
  • Maximum costs: budget for up to three person months (max. 2 persons), and any additional costs for travel.
  • Draft agenda for the workshop, explanation of the overall strategic significance of the proposed development, and awareness of relevant standards and methodologies.

The proposal should include a description of how the outcome of the proposed development will address the requirements of users in the humanities, social sciences, and beyond; and the potential added value for the CLARIN target audience(s) beyond the current state-of-the-art. 

The development track should lead to an overview of results and recommendations that are expected to facilitate the integration in the CLARIN infrastructure, all summarized in a report to be submitted within two months of the completion of the development work, to be published on the CLARIN website in form of a blog.


  • There is a continuous call. In the course of 2021 it will be decided whether a similar call will be opened for workshops to be organised in 2022. If you are considering to propose a workshop for 2022, please get in touch to check the latest state of affairs.
  • For each workshop application, an ad hoc assessment panel (consisting of representatives of CLARIN’s Board of Directors and the National Coordinators’ Forum) will be installed to select proposals that have sufficient quality to justify funding. The panel could call in additional expertise where they feel that would be needed.

  • In case more proposals will come in than can be funded the quality criterion and the potential for impact will become decisive in the comparison. We reserve the right to carry any remaining funds over to a next funding round in the event of an insufficient number of high-quality submissions.

  • Applications will be assessed within six weeks upon receipt, and in principle the proposals will be processed in the order in which they were received. If the available budget would be exhausted already early in 2021, a notification will be posted on this web page. All applications that have not been assessed by then will be assessed in a next funding round, if any.


  • Members of any of the CLARIN consortia can submit a proposal for workshop funding. In case the structure of a national consortium is not in place yet, or not specified unambiguously, applicants should check with the National Coordinator whether he/she can support the application. 
  • Applications should be submitted on behalf of a team of collaborating representatives from at least three countries that are CLARIN members or observers. CLARIN encourages proponents to consider conjoining the proposed workshop with other events to use synergies, but this is not a requirement.
  • The cost categories that can be proposed for funding include:

    • travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses for attendants and/or speakers,
    • room rental
    • catering
  • Personnel costs and indirect costs are not eligible for reimbursement. This includes administration costs.
  • The workshop budget and number of participants should be well justified, but there is no a priori limit.
  • This call is meant for workshops and activities that will take place in 2021. After acceptance of a proposal, the chosen workshop dates have to be approved by CLARIN in order to avoid that CLARIN events coincide.
  • A significant number of the participants who get their cost refunded should have an affiliation in one of CLARIN member or observer countries.

Terms and conditions

For both type I and type II workshops, a blog post about the event that is suited for publication on the CLARIN ERIC website is due within 2 months after the event. Please make sure to

A blog post about the event that is suited for publication on the CLARIN ERIC website is due within 2 months after the event. The post should include:

  1. Start with a general overview of the event, presenting the following information: 

    • the date and venue of the event;
    • the title of the event & link to event webpage if available;
    • the aim of the event;
    • the lecturers;
    • the organisers;
    • the participants (number, their disciplines, their nationality).
  2. Describe the programme of the event. Include:

    • a brief summary of what was done;
    • a description of the topics covered;
    • links to the available materials video recordings;
    • link to any training materials developed for the event;
    • etc.
  3. Discuss the added value of the event. Include

    • the most relevant outcomes of the event (max 400 words);
    • possible future plans (follow-up development, events, publications);
    • relevant remarks on how the participants benefitted from the event;
    • advice for other organisers of similar events;
    • any possible improvements of organising similar events in the future.
    • contributions of the event to strategic goals of CLARIN ERIC (max 150 words);

Be sure to enrich the blog post with the relevant hyperlinks (persons, organisations, projects, videos, materials) and 1-3 photos from the event.

For type II workshops, a report for the development track should also be provided. Please make sure to

This report will be published on the CLARIN website too and should include:

  • an update of the initial summary, now also including (links to) the development results (max 250 words)
  • Information about the development team, including the those who are involved an advisory and/or monitoring role
  • Information on the approach towards the collection of user requirements
  • A summary of the results obtained, including performance figures, if available (max 400 words)
  • Contribution of the workshop and project to strategic goals of CLARIN ERIC (max 150 words)
  • Recommendations that should facilitate the integration in the CLARIN infrastructure, including suggestions for how the results could be brought under the attention of potential users (max 300 words)
  • Any publications planned
  • A summary of any further potential for impact (max 200 words)

The report is due within 2 months after the agreed development period and should be suited for publication on the CLARIN ERIC website.

Financial procedure

The main workshop proposer will be responsible for assembling all claims relevant to the workshop and for payment of all cost statements of the workshop participants. On request a prepayment by CLARIN ERIC can be issued up to a maximum of 60% of the total workshop budget. Together with the workshop blog post, a final summary of expenses claimed (budget breakdown) will have to be sent to the financial officer at CLARIN ERIC before the last batch of the funds can be transferred. The cost summary is due within 2 months after the workshop date.

For the payment of any personnel costs needed for the development track following a type II workshop, a separate secondment contract will be issued, including the conditions related to the reporting, and the terms for prepayment, final payment, etc.

Application procedure

The applicant sends this application form by email to

Guest blog posts

Organisers of CLARIN-funded workshops tell their story in the following blogs:

CLARIN Workshop: NLP Tools for Historical Documents

From 9 to 11 September 2019, experts on NLP tools for working with historical documents met in Berlin for a CLARIN workshop (Type I) to exchange ideas, experiences about tools and methods. The outputs included a draft resource guide, and a plan of action to integrate more tools into the CLARIN infrastructure.

Event page | Blog post

Hacking the GDPR to Conduct Research with Language Resources in Digital Humanities and Social Sciences

The workshop (Type I) took place on 7 December 2018. The workshop, organised by the CLARIN Legal and Ethical Issues Committee (CLIC), hosted by CLARIN-LT and supported by the CLARIN ERIC, aimed to explore the changes brought to research in the Digital Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines by the introduction of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and, most specifically, the way its application affects the construction, distribution and exploitation of Language Resources (LRs). 

Event page | Blog post

CLARIN Workshop DELAD: Database Enterprise for Language And speech Disorders

The second DELAD workshop (CLARIN ​Type II workshop) took place in Utrecht on 28-30 January 2019. The goal of this workshop was to review the status of the actions set out in the first workshop, exchange deeper insights on ethical and legal aspects (including IPR) of CDS collection against the background of the GDPR, and come up with a plan for primary special needs for the CLARIN infrastructure to host CDS, and a feasible plan to spend 3 PM ICT developer time on this infrastructure.

Event page | Blog post


The Oral History & Technology - München

This fourth Oral History & Technology - München workshop, supported by CLARIN as a Type I workshop took place on 19-21 September 2018. The workshop focussed on the analysis phase of the research process.

Event page | Blog post


Lexical Data Masterclass

This masterclass (Type I) took place at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences in Berlin, Germany between the 4th and 8th of December 2017. It was co-organised by the Centre Marc Bloch, DARIAH-EU, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (BBAW), Inria (Paris, France) and the Belgrade Center for Digital Humanities (BCDH, Serbia) with the support of the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), CLARIN, DARIAH-DE and the H2020 European project “Humanities at Scale”. 

Event page | Blog post

CLARIN workshop on Interoperability of Second Language Resources and Tools

On December 6-8, 2017, Swe-Clarin / Språkbanken at the University of Gothenburg hosted a CLARIN workshop (Type I) on Interoperability of Second Language Resources and Tools.

Event page | Blog post


In CLARIN context, a first workshop (CLARIN workshop Type I) was held on 15-17 November 2017 in Cork, Ireland, and brought together a selected group of experts in language disorders research and corpora of disordered speech to set-up a plan to collect existing and new corpora and to include these in the CLARIN infrastructure.

Event page | Blog post | Videos

CLARIN workshop on Oral History & Technology

As a follow up of the CLARIN-PLUS workshops on Oral History (OH) archives in Oxford (April 2016) and Utrecht (Dec 2016), the Arezzo workshop (Type II) is meant for the finalization of the setup of a transcription chain for OH-interviews. This second two-day workshop took place on 10 to 12 May 2017 in Arezzo, Italy.

Event page | Blog post

CLARIN workshop "DSpace digital repository"

The CLARIN D-space workshop (Type II) explored the priorities of all CLARIN centres that use DSpace and was held in Prague, Czech Republic on 8-10 November 2016. 

Event page | Blog post

CLARIN-PLUS workshop: "Exploring Spoken Word Data in Oral History Archives"

CLARIN works with various communities to collaborate on research projects, to find out requirements for language technology services, and to support the curation of linguistic data. CLARIN has embarked on a number of activities relating to working with oral history archive materials. The kick-off was during the 18-19 April 2016 workshop in Oxford. Goal of the workshop was to start with a number of activities relating to working with oral history archive materials.

Event page | Blog post | Videos

CLARIN Workshop - Towards Interoperability of Lexico-Semantic Resources

The workshop focussed on improving the interoperability, usability and ease of access of CLARIN lexico-semantic resources. The workshop took place at the Center of Estonian Language Resources (CELR) in Tartu, Estonia from 31 January 2017 to 1 February 2017.

Event page | Report