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5.1.28. United Kingdom

FLaReNet Summary

There is no funding program in the UK specific for language technologies. Most national funding for work in the area comes from The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, EPSR or The Economic and Social Research Council, ESRC. Both of these bodies fund large and small grants, fellowships, etc. Within EPSRC, there is a very large ICT program, a major theme of which is "People and Interactivity" which funds Language Technology research. There are other funding bodies, but they are much smaller and fund relatively work in the area.

Things are clustered very coarsely - there is a huge ICT program in which Language Technology is in competition with photonics, theoretical computer science and all the rest! There are specific programs but they tend to be organized by industry sectors such as healthcare and manufacturing. Thus possibilities to support Language Technologies are factored across several programs.

The CLUK website collects some information about computational linguistics in the UK.

Contact Point Input

National/Regional contact: Robert Gaizauskas, The Sheffield NLP group
National/Regional contact: Steve Renals, CSTR-University of Edinburg

Programs

There is no funding program in the UK specific for language technologies. Most national funding for work in the area comes from:
  - The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, EPSRC;
  - The Economic and Social Research Council, ESRC.

Both of these bodies fund large and small grants, fellowships, etc. Within EPSRC, there is a very large ICT program, a major theme of which is "People and Interactivity" which funds Language Technology research.

There are other funding bodies, but they are much smaller and fund relatively work in the area.

No things are clustered very coarsely - there is a huge ICT program in which Language Technology is in competition with photonics, theoretical computer science and all the rest! There are specific programs but they tend to be organized by industry sectors such as healthcare and manufacturing. Thus possibilities to support Language Technologies are factored across several programs.

Although a bit out of date, and although it doesn't cover speech very well, the CLUK website collects some information about computational linguistics in the UK: http://nlp.shef.ac.uk/research/cluk/.