Cooperation Projects

Call for Proposals 2023: Preparing and securing research data together with Text+

The NFDI Text+ consortium awards funding through annual calls for proposals to continuously expand the range of data and services available for use by the scientific community. As part of the National Research Data Infrastructure (Nationale Forschungsdateninfrastruktur, NFDI), Text+ is focused on language and text data and currently concentrates on digital collections, lexical resources and editions. The participating institutions make data and services available for use by the scientific community.

The aim of this call for proposals is to continuously expand the data and services offered by Text+ and to make them available to the community of researchers in the long term. To this end, projects limited to one calendar year will be funded, whose results of which will be integrated into the Text+ infrastructure. This can be done, for example, by processing existing data in such a way that it becomes available to the community through a data centre already connected to the Text+ infrastructure. Alternatively, own data centres can be equipped with interfaces to make the relevant data available in the Text+ infrastructure. Provision in accordance with the FAIR and CARE principles is essential. According to the NFDI guidelines, only work aimed at integration into the Text+ portfolio of offerings is eligible for funding. The development and expansion of resources must, however, be financed from the organisation’s own funds. Funding applications can be submitted for one of the areas of collections, lexical resources and editions. We recommend that potential applicants consult the Text+ co-spokespersons for the relevant areas before submitting an application. The list of contact persons can be found at the end of this call.

Within the framework of these calls for proposals, several projects can be funded, usually with a volume of between EUR 35,000 and EUR 60,000. In addition, an overhead of 22% is granted on the project sum. The duration of the projects is bound to the calendar year 2024 and thus amounts to a maximum of 12 months; a transfer of unspent funds to the following year is not possible. After completion of the funding, a project report is expected to be published on the Text+ website.

Please feel free to address any questions to Further information on the application process and on the projects approved to date is provided on the Text+ website:

Application Template

Please use the Word template provided for your application:

Please feel free to address any queries to


  • Application deadline: May 30, 2023
  • Announcement of funding: November 22, 2022
  • Announcement of funding at Text+ Plenary 2023: September 27 – 29, 2023
  • Earliest possible start of funding: January 01, 2024
  • End of funding no later than: December 31, 2024

The next call will occur in 2024 for project year 2025.


Eligible to apply are departments and working groups that are not already financially supported within the Text+ framework, but which comply with the DFG funding guidelines for the NFDI (Section III (1)). The review process is led by the coordination committees of the respective working areas. If members of the coordination committees are involved in proposals, these members will be excluded from the review process in the respective year.

Funding requires the conclusion of a cooperation agreement with the Leibniz Institute for the German Language Mannheim as the main applicant institution of Text+.If the necessary requirements are met, in particular a long-term and permanent contribution to the Text+ consortium beyond the cooperation project, it is alternatively possible to join the Funding Transfer and Cooperation Agreement (and thus the Text+ consortium). Repeated funding of the same project as a cooperation project, on the other hand, is not possible.

Selection criteria

The precondition for funding is the linkage and integration into the Text+ infrastructure according to the FAIR and CARE principles and the expansion of the Text+ offer portfolio regarding data or services.

The applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Linkage and integration into the Text+ infrastructure according to the FAIR and CARE principles and the expansion of the Text+ portfolio of offerings in terms of data or services within the funding period.
  • Relevance and innovation
  • potential scientific contribution of the data and/or services
  • clear problem description and relation to the work programs of the Text+ consortium
  • reusability and accessibility of the data or services
  • scientific quality of the project
  • contribution to the diversity and representativeness of the Text+ data offer
  • Effort estimation
  • Appropriateness of the requested funding for the realization of the project
  • Preliminary work and own contributions of the applicants

Contact persons:

Listed are the task area leads as well as the task area coordinators. For initial contact, it is recommended that you contact the coordinators.

  • Collections: Lead: Dr. Peter Leinen ( Coordinator: Philippe Genêt (
  • Lexical Resources: Head: PD Dr. Alexander Geyken ( Coordination: Axel Herold (
  • Editions: Head: Prof. Dr. Andreas Speer ( Coordination: Kilian Hensen (
  • Infrastructure/Operations: Head: Philipp Wieder ( Coordination: Stefan Buddenbohm (
  • Lukas Weimer ( and Thorsten Trippel (, who work in the Text+ Office, can also be contacted.