The Institute for Logic, Language and Computation is involved in several consortia. More information about ILLC research grants can be found here. More information about ILLC International Collaborations can be found here.


  • MECORE: A cross-linguistic investigation of meaning-driven combinatorial restrictions in clausal embedding



MECORE is a research project on formal semantics, jointly funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). 

The project will pursue an integrated approach to investigate the relation and interaction between semantic properties of clause-embedding predicates and their selectional properties, by combining cross-linguistic data-collection and experimental semantics with the development of unified theoretical analyses. Please see About for details of the project. 

It will run concurrently in Edinburgh (co-Principal Investigator: Dr Wataru Uegaki + 1 Postdoctoral Researcher), Konstanz (co-Principal Investigator: Prof Maribel Romero + 1 Postdoctoral Researcher), and Amsterdam (Co-Investigator: Dr Floris Roelofsen).

  • Quantum Software Consortium (01 November 2017 - 30 June 2027)



Quantum computers and networks hold great promise to revolutionize information and communication technologies. Applications of large-scale quantum computers have been known and studied since the mid-1990’s, but their realization is still relatively far into the future. The expected availability, during the coming decade, of small-scale qubit platforms and networks brings the exciting possibility to pioneer quantum algorithms and protocols for few-qubit applications. The Quantum Software Consortium unites researchers from computer science, mathematics, and physics to develop and demonstrate quantum software. (link)


  • Language in Interaction (1 July 2013 - 20 June 2023)

    Human language is the most powerful communication system that evolution has produced. It is the basis of culture and social life. It comes in many forms (> 6000 languages today). At the same time it is deeply rooted in the neurobiology of the human brain. The overarching quest of our programme is to account for, and understand, the balance between universality and variability at all relevant levels of the language system and the interplay with different cognitive systems, such as memory, action, and cognitive control.To achieve this, Language in Interaction brings together 50 researchers from eight universities and one research institute within the Netherlands to understand this unique capacity in its full glory.

    The consortium was awarded a very substantial subsidy for 10 years within the Gravitation programme. This programme, initiated by the Dutch government and NWO, encourages outstanding and innovative research by consortia of top researchers in the Netherlands. (link)


  • QT21: Cracking the language barrier (1 January 2015 - 31 December 2017)



Quality Translation 21 is a machine translation project which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 645452. (link)


  • COST: Computational Social Choice (1 January 2013 - 1 January 2015)



COST is an EU-funded programme that enables researchers to set up their interdisciplinary research networks in Europe and beyond. We provide funds for organising conferences, meetings, training schools, short scientific exchanges or other networking activities in a wide range of scientific topics. By creating open spaces where people and ideas can grow, we unlock the full potential of science. (link)


  • ESSENCE: Evolution of Shared Semantics in Computational Environments (1 November 2012 - 31 October 2017)


In everyday life, humans exhibit strong skills in resolving communication problems by re-negotiating what they mean. Modern-day computational systems, however, are lacking in resilience and robustness in this respect. Whenever different components with different vocabularies and models of meaning interact within distributed, open enviroments, they have to rely on their human designers’ abilities to resolve problems of miscommunication.

The aim of the ESSENCE network is to translate these abilities of natural communicating systems to computational systems in order to improve their resilience and robustness, and by doing so to also make these systems more comprehensible to human users. To this end, we will bring together research on phenomena observed in human communication with research from areas that investigate heterogeneous computational communicating systems.


  • EXPERT: EXPloiting Empirical appRoaches to Translation (1 October 2013 - 30 September 2017)

    EXPERT (EXPloiting Empirical appRoaches to Translation) aims to train young researchers, namely Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) and Experienced Researchers (ERs), to promote the research, development and use of hybrid language translation technologies. The overall objective of EXPERT is to provide innovative research and training in the field of Translation memory and Machine Translation Technologies to 15 Marie Curie Fellows. (link)