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EAMT sponsorship of activities: call for proposals 2010

The European Association for Machine Translation (EAMT, is an organization that serves the growing community of people interested in MT and translation tools, including users, developers, and researchers of this increasingly viable technology.

As part of its commitment to promote research, development and awareness about translation technologies, the EAMT is for the first time launching a call for proposals to fund MT-related activities.

1 Purpose of the Call

The EAMT is planning to support various MT activities such as tutorials, workshops, open-source initiatives1 and small research and development projects from its current members. The proposed activity should be of direct interest to MT researchers, developers, vendors or users of MT technologies. We particularly encourage proposals from young researchers and developers.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Recent developments in MT research.
  • MT evaluation methodology, metrics and results.
  • Launch of MT-specific evaluation campaigns .
  • New or prospective commercial users of MT technology.
  • MT environments (workflow, support tools, etc.).
  • Interaction between users and MT systems.
  • MT combined with other technologies (translation memories, speech translation, cross-language information retrieval, multilingual text categorization, multilingual text summarization, etc.).
  • MT for less-resourced languages: development, usage, etc.
  • MT in the social internet: new uses, new modes of development.
  • the cross-fertilisation between machine translation and other language technologies

All proposals will be screened by a review committee that consists of the EAMT Board members and possibly a few appointed external experts.

2 Submission information
2.1 Eligibility requirements

In order to qualify for funding, the institution(s) or the individual making the proposal must be a member of the EAMT.

2.1 Selection criteria

The proposed activity should be of direct interest to MT researchers, developers, vendors or users of MT technologies. Proposals with greater impact on the MT community are most likely to be accepted, as are proposals that bring together different aspects of MT.

2.3 Budget

EAMT anticipates funding several proposals for various activities. There are two categories of proposals. The member institutions category and the individual members’ category. The total foreseen EAMT Budget for this first call (Individuals & Institutions) is around €30,000, to cover all activities (tutorials, workshops, open-source initiatives, small research projects). Proposals are expected to have budgets ranging from €1,000 to €30,000. All activities are deemed equally important in the 2010 Call.

2.4 Contact for enquiries and submission of proposals

For general enquiries and proposal submissions, please contact:

Mikel L. Forcada
EAMT Secretary

E-mail your proposals as PDF files no later than the deadline.

3 Submission procedure
3.1 Overview

Candidates should respond to the call by submitting a proposal, written in English, that is composed of the following elements:

  1. Proposal summary: 1-page maximum
  2. Detailed proposal description: 5-page maximum
  3. Budget and project planning overview: 1-page maximum

3.2 Detailed description of sections of the proposal
  1. Proposal summary (one page) in English.
    1. Complete contact information of candidate;.
    2. Description of the activity or the event.
    3. General budget plan and identification of the requested support from EAMT.
    4. Experience of the proposing organization in the field.
  2. Detailed proposal description (up to 5 pages)
      A clear and detailed description of the proposed event or activity.
    1. A statement on why this event or activity would be helpful for the community./li>
    2. A statement justifying why EAMT should support this event or activity.
    3. A list of experience and related skills of the participants of the team.
  3. Budget and project planning overview (up to 1 page)
    1. A breakdown of the costs estimated for the entire activity or event.
    2. Clear milestones and deliverables must be indicated.
    3. An identification of the support requested from EAMT and possible other supporting funds.
3.3 Timetable of deadlines

Circulation of the Call: May 27, 2010
Submission deadline for proposals: July 31, 2010
Acceptance notifications and negotiations to start on: August 31, 2010

3.4 Additional provisions

Only complete proposals will be reviewed.
All information submitted with proposals will be regarded as confidential and will only be used in the context of this project.

No obligation to award the proposal

EAMT shall be under no obligation to fund the proposals pursuant to this call for proposals. EAMT shall not be liable for any compensation with respect to candidates whose proposals have not been accepted. Nor shall it be liable in the event of its deciding not to award the proposal.