Appel: Deadline approaching! EAMT sponsorship of activities, Call for proposals 2012 and Best Thesis Award 2012

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Tue Jul 24 20:34:57 UTC 2012

Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2012 13:09:54 +0200
From: Khalid CHOUKRI <choukri at>
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[Please note the approaching deadline: July 31, 2011, 23:59 CEST]
[Apologies for multiple postings]

EAMT sponsorship of activities: Call for proposals 2012

The European Association for Machine Translation (EAMT,[1]) 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

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

Purpose of the Call

The EAMT is planning to support various MT activities such as tutorials,
workshops, teaching and awareness initiatives, open-source initiatives,
and small research and development projects by its current members. The
proposed activity should be of direct interest to MT researchers,
developers, vendors or users of MT technologies.

The EAMT particularly encourages proposals from young researchers and

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

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

All proposals will be screened by a review committee that consists of
EAMT Executive Committee members and possibly a few appointed external
experts if necessary.

Submission information

Eligibility requirements

In order to qualify for funding, the institution(s) or the individual
making the proposal must be a member of the EAMT by the 1st of July 2012.

Selection criteria

1. The proposed activity should be of direct interest to MT researchers,
   developers, vendors or users of MT technologies.

2. The proposal shall clearly describe the purpose of the project and
   include measurable mid-project milestones for which a report should
   be submitted (see below).

3. Preference will be given to projects which by nature will involve and
   be beneficial for several persons, as for instance conferences,
   seminars, workshops and tutorials.

4. Proposals with a significant, clearly identified impact on the MT
   community (through the development, dissemination or use of project
   results) are most likely to be accepted.

5. Proposals that bring together different aspects of MT will be
   specially valued.

6. The proposal should be clearly justified as being technically and/or
   scientifically sound.

7. The quality and efficiency of the implementation of the proposal will
   be evaluated.

8. The budget should be adequate for the proposed objectives and the
   actual implementation of the activity.


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 call is around €30,000, to cover
all granted projects (tutorials, workshops, teaching and awareness
initiatives, open-source initiatives, and research and development
projects). The maximum amount EAMT can grant for a single project will
be €10,000.

A project being granted financial support by EAMT according to this call
will receive 50 % of the granted amount at the start of the project. The
proposer will receive the remaining 50 % when the mid-project progress
report has been received by the EAMT Secretary and substantiates that
the mid-project milestones are met, and furthermore provided that the
proposer is still a current member of the EAMT.

Contact for enquiries

For general enquiries please contact:

Mikel L. Forcada
EAMT Secretary
e-mail:mlf at[2]

Submission procedure


Candidates should respond to the call by submitting a single PDF
document, written in English, that is composed of the following

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

Submit your proposals as a single PDF file no later than the deadline
(see Important Dates below) through EasyChair:[3]

Detailed description of sections of the proposal

1. Proposal summary (one page) in English.

a. Complete contact information of candidate
b. Description of the activity or the event.
c. Budget summary and identification of the requested support from EAMT.

2. Experience of the proposing person/organization in the field.
3. Detailed proposal description (up to 5 pages)

a. A clear and detailed description of the proposed event or activity.
b. A statement on why this event or activity would be helpful for the
c. A statement justifying why EAMT should support this event or
d. A list of experience and related skills of the participants of the

1. Budget and project planning overview (up to 1 page)

a. A breakdown of the costs estimated for the entire activity or event.
b. Clear milestones and deliverables must be indicated.
c. An identification of the support requested from EAMT and possible
   other supporting funds.

Important dates

1. Circulation of the Call: June 6, 2012.
2. Submission deadline for proposals: July 31, 2012, 23:59 CEST.
3. Acceptance notifications and negotiations to start on: September 30,

In case of acceptance:

1. Mid-project progress report due: May 15, 2013, 23:59 CEST.
2. Final report and deliverables due: December 31, 2013.

Additional provisions

1. Only complete proposals will be reviewed.
2. All information submitted with proposals will be regarded as
   confidential and will only be used in the context of this project.
3. The funded projects may be required to report at the EAMT events
   (e.g. Poster at the EAMT conference, a short progress report for the
   General assembly, etc.), without any claim for additional funds.
4. The EAMT should be acknowledged in all materials related to the
   project, activity or initiative.

No obligation to award the proposal

The 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

[2]mailto:mlf at

Mikel L. Forcada (
Departament de Llenguatges i Sistemes Informàtics
Universitat d'Alacant
E-03071 Alacant, Spain
Phone: +34 96 590 9776
Fax: +34 96 590 9326

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