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ADUM is a project offering information on EU programmes relevant for the funding of minority language promotion projects. It includes an interactive networking environment, to aid the drafting of proposals

The team The partners in this project are the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Barcelona, Catalonia), the Research Centre on Multilingualism (Katholieke Universiteit Brussel, Brussels); the Centre for European Research, Wales; the Institute of Ethnic Studies (Institut za Narodnostna Vprasanja, Ljubljana, Slovenia); the International Centre for the Study of Plurilingualism (Centro Internazionale sul Plurilinguismo, Università degli Studi di Udine, Italy) and the independent consultant Dónall Ó'Riagáin from Ireland. Members of the team have worked together on other European projects, such as Euromosaic and Atlantis. The Adum initiative is part of the macro-project on cultural diversity in Europe led by the Europa Diversa Network.

Contact person (IES):  Mitja Žagar, Ph.D.
Cooperators: Romana Bešter, Ph.D. (IES), Sara Brezigar, M.A. (IES), Miran Komac, Ph.D (IES), Sonja Novak-Lukanovič, Ph.D. (IES)  
Funding:  EU- European Commission
Duration of the project:                  2006–2008


The ADUM project aims to offer people and organisations throughout Europe that work for the so-called “regional” or "minority" languages information on the European programmes that can be used to (co)fund projects to promote these languages. ADUM also offers a virtual space to aid the drafting of European proposals by bodies and people working for over 60 linguistic communities across Europe.  

The project has received co-funding thanks to a call for proposals published by the European Commission, in the context of the Communication from the Commission,
Promoting Language Learning and Linguistic Diversity: An Action Plan 2004–2006

The site includes complete information on how to develop a fully-fledged project proposal to
present to the Commission with as high a chance of obtaining co-funding as possible:

1. A short introductory text in the "Develop your proposal" section explains the steps to be followed.

2. A short chart-style presentation of the results of our "Community needs" analysis, which enables readers to identify the language communities whose priority needs are consistent with their idea. A longer text, which explains the theoretical grounding for our work, can also be accessed.

3. A description of EU programmes and actions which might be suitable for funding a project.

4. The appropriate tools to draft a project proposal. These basic learning resources are:
(a) the "
Guidelines", a fairly detailed document explaining the whole process (both technical and administrative), from a problem-solving perspective; and giving advice on both how to design a project and how to write the proposal; (b) the "Case studies" (examples of real proposals of past or ongoing co-funded projects); and (c) a "Research database", that is, links to institutions offering background information, including addresses of regional EU offices, etc.

ADUM is also intended to be a meeting point, by means of a networking section, for all those interested in looking for suitable partners for projects as well as a resource where one can find experts to seek advice from. To do so, the site includes a “new posting” section which allows users to make their expertise and interest
known to other users.



The new issue (81) of the Treatises and documents - Journal of Ethnic Studies is now published.


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The new issue (78) of the Treatises and documents - Journal of Ethnic Studies is now published.