Linguistic research and engineering (LRE) is one of the research areas supported by the Community within the specific programme for RTD in the field of telematic systems in areas of general interest (1990-1994). Projects carried out in the framework of LRE (Area six of the specific programme) seek to develop a basic linguistic technology for Natural Language Processing (NLP) which can be incorporated into a large number of computer applications where natural language is an essential ingredient. Their aim is to overcome the limitations and inefficiencies brought about by the use of different languages within the Community. Calls for proposals concerning LRE were made in August 1991 (OJ No C 218 of 21.8.1991) and in October 1992 (OJ No C 259 of 8.10.1992). The first call attracted over 80 valid submissions, of which nine proposals were eventually retained for funding. The second call, which closed in January 1993, resulted in the distribution of 2100 information packages to interested parties, followed by the reception of 81 proposals considered to be valid. The selection procedure short-listed 24 of these, and 16 were retained for funding at the end of this process. The projects funded under the second call involve a total of 90 project partners and represent an estimated 2000 man-months of RTD work in the Community.