The  CLARIAH-PLUS board assigns great importance to the use of CLARIAH not only by researchers but also outside of the research domain, so that it can have societal or commercial impact.
monitoringThis is important for the optimal use of tax money, but it also contributes to the long-term sustainability of the CLARIAH infrastructure. In addition, it is one of the  Key Performance Indicators (KPI) formulated by ESFRI to Landmark infrastructures such as  CLARIN and DARIAH. The Netherlands wants to contribute, through CLARIAH, to good scores on this KPI.

CLARIAH therefore aims to take maximal advantage of its potential as a centre for innovation. CLARIAH can make agreements with commercial companies and societal partners for the use of the CLARIAH infrastructure. CLARIAH wants to point out to social partners that such opportunities are available and explore the potential with them.

The CLARIAH-PLUS board  provides resources to stimulate activities that increase CLARIAH’s social and / or commercial impact. Any researcher within the Netherlands can apply for this. It concerns small exploratory projects that may conduct preliminary research to arrive at a larger externally funded project. Conditions for such projects or activities are:

  • They promote the social and / or commercial impact of CLARIAH and thus address social and / or commercial themes or problems.
  • They are consistent with themes and research questions from the humanities, and in particular with core themes and disciplines of CLARIAH-PLUS.
  • The theme is in line with themes from the Top Sectors, the National Science Agenda, the Open Science movement, or sector plans of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
  • There is co-financing from a social partner, for at least half of the budget, as in-kind or as in-cash.
  • If a contribution from CLARIAH-PLUS is also required, the maximum contribution per application is € 10K.
  • A researcher or research group active in CLARIAH-PLUS makes an active contribution to the project

The total budget in CLARIAH-PLUS for this policy is € 70K.

Call for Proposals

Proposals (in English or Dutch) can be submitted by e-mail in PDF format at


  • The call for 2020 is open from June 16, 2020.
  • The submission deadline is Sunday October 4, 2020 (24:00 CET).


  • The first call (2019) was open from August 19, 2019.
  • The submission deadline was October 1, 2019.

Two proposals were submitted, one of which (SASTA) was accepted.


Duration September 2019- September 2020 VKL
PI prof. dr. Jan Odijk, Utrecht University
Funders Vereniging voor Klinische Linguïstiek, Stichting Taaltechnologie, CLARIAH 

Clinical linguists would like to use the analysis of spontaneous language sessions with patients to diagnose language deficits or abnormalities (e.g. aphasia). Until now, the analysis of such sessions has been done entirely by hand. This is very labor-intensive and is therefore often not done or only partially done.

Together with the Dutch Association for Clinical Linguistics (VKL), Utrecht University is investigating whether this process can be partially automated in order to make this process more efficient. To this end, a research prototype of a new application (SASTA) is being developed that is suitable for the semi-automatic assessment of language development in accordance with  different assessment methods.

This new application:

  1. reuses GRETEL4 modules (namely the Alpino automatic parser and GrETEL’s query system);
  2. adds new modules for aspects not covered by Alpino (e.g. for compounds, certain colloquial forms and various kinds of deviant language).

SASTA uses specifications formulated as a set queries that implement language assessment methids suchas TARSP, STAP and ASTA..