Information for (Potential) New Members

Several steps and aspects need to be taken into account when you plan to coordinate the accession of a country to CLARIN and the adherence to the rules of participation ‚Äď how to organise a national consortium, how to set up one or several technical centres, with repositories and offering tools and services, how to reach out to users,¬†etc.

On this page we offer information on some of these aspects for leaders in countries that are considering joining CLARIN ERIC or that have recently joined CLARIN ERIC recently. 

Documentation for Countries that are Considering Joining 

A key source of information are the CLARIN ERIC Statutes and the overview of organisational details.

For new countries, the following documents may be particularly relevant:

Workshops for New Countries 

Over the past years, a series of workshops for new countries and consortia have been organised. The latest workshop was held in January 2020. The programme of the workshop, with links to the presentations, can be found here below:

Mobility Grants

Mobility grants are available for visits between representatives (researchers, developers, educators) of consortia that would like to prepare the integration of their data and services in CLARIN.

The mobility grants are designed to promote:

  • Technical capacity building and sharing of expertise between CLARIN centres and countries
  • Assisting the integration of resources, tools, services and centres in European countries not currently in CLARIN¬†ERIC
  • Initiating, developing and strengthening collaboration between CLARIN developers, researchers and educators in the humanities and social sciences.


How to Apply for CLARIN Membership

In order to apply for CLARIN membership, the relevant institution (e.g. ministry or national funding agency) of a country may create a letter based on this template for applying as member. For countries from other continents who want to become members special agreements may be made. In order to apply for the status of an observer or to prolong that status (possible in exceptional cases only) the template for applying as observer or the template for prolongation of observership can be used. (Application letters can be submitted via email to

The membership fee is regulated in the CLARIN ERIC Statutes and indicated for the years up to 2027 in Annex 2 of the statutes. An annual 2% raise is applicable for countries that join or renew for several years. See also the overview of fees per country. Ultimately by the end of 2027, the General Assembly shall decide about the calculation method for subsequent periods.

In addition to the membership fee, a budget is needed for a workplan to be carried out by the national consortium (for members this is typically 6-8 times as high as the membership fee), as well as a budget that enables the national representatives to attend meetings. (For the travel costs related to the attendance of   meetings, central funding is available.) 

Third-Party Agreement

In cases where CLARIN ERIC deems it beneficial, it may enter into agreement with third parties, such as individual institutions or regions in countries that are not members of CLARIN, cf. the statutes Article 18. Third parties can contribute to CLARIN ERIC by providing expertise, services, language resources and/or technology. Institutions or other legal entities in countries that do not belong to CLARIN ERIC and who would like to explore the options for entering tailor-made collaboration agreements with CLARIN are invited to contact us at