JPI Cultural Heritage – Heritage Plus Call, new funding opportunity for transnational proposals

Posted by on Mar 05, 2014 | 2 Comments

imaginiCulturaThe Joint Programming Initiative in Cultural Heritage and Global Change is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for transnational proposals in the area of cultural heritage.  This Heritage Plus call is designed to generate new, research-based knowledge to promote the sustainable use and management of cultural heritage and so to meet societal challenges and contribute to the development on the society.  The call aims to fund excellent collaborative, transnational, interdisciplinary, innovative R&D projects focussed mainly on tangible cultural heritage research, while not excluding the interlinked aspects of intangible and digital heritage.

The call for pre-proposals will open on 3 March 2014 and the deadline for submission of the pre-proposals will be 28 April 2014.

Topics for the Heritage Plus joint call

The research topics on which the Heritage Plus Call is focused have been drawn from areas identified in the Strategic Research Agenda for the Joint Programming Initiative in Cultural Heritage and Global Change (

The call will support projects across three broad topics:

1.     Safeguarding tangible cultural heritage and its associated intangible expressions

This topic could include, for example, research into:

– developing materials, technologies, procedures and systems for the long-term monitoring

and maintenance of all forms of heritage (including modern heritage), taking into account

integrity and authenticity of the different historical and environmental contexts and

historical layers of cultural heritage

– investigating changes in landscapes, sites, structure and material in the context of

different environmental and global changes (including insights into material decay etc),

and also the relationship between material and the site itself

– developing tools for decision making based on integrated risk assessments (assessing

value and loss of value for example)

2.     Sustainable strategies for protecting and managing cultural heritage

This topic could include, for example, research into:

– understanding how the significance and the values that landscapes, sites, buildings and

artefacts hold for individuals and communities is influenced by global changes

– opportunities for the production, recognition, revitalisation and regeneration of landscapes,

sites, buildings and artefacts (including digital heritage and digital representations of)

– how the interaction and dialogue with heritage users influences the management of

heritage and its environment

– the changing rights and responsibilities around cultural heritage including changing forms

of access and governance, both nationally and more broadly;

– understanding the meanings that cultural heritage holds for people and how they perceive,

use and interpret it;

– developing methodological tools for ‘integrated landscapes’.

3.     Use and re-use of all kinds of cultural heritage

This topic could include, for example, research into:

– how to balance historical integrity and authenticity to ensure that the interpretations and

management (including access) of landscapes, sites, buildings and artefacts by different

publics are taken into account, including in pluralistic societies

– how built and natural heritage is affected by the rebalancing between the surrounding

natural environment and cultural and societal developments, including regulation and an

exploration of planning and architecture/design issues

– an exploration of the contested and conflicting issues around access to cultural heritage,

for example tourism vs. conservation, sustainability, authenticity etc

– exploring and integrating the available cultural heritage knowledge and information around

use and reuse of heritage from different fields of study including, but not limited to, art

history, science, digital heritage, conservation and maintenance, in order to move the field

towards truly interdisciplinary heritage studies

Who can apply?

Only researchers based in countries that have committed to the Heritage Plus Call can apply for funding. These are:

·    Belgium

·    Cyprus

·    Denmark

·    France

·    Israel

·    Italy

·    Lithuania

·    Netherlands

·    Norway

·    Poland

·    Portugal

·    Romania

·    Spain

·    Sweden

·    United Kingdom

Additional Funding is being provided by the European Commission.

Detailed eligibility criteria for researchers in each country will be published alongside the guidance.

Call basics

The Heritage Plus call will support well-defined, interdisciplinary and collaborative R&D projects that maximize the value of research outcomes.

  • The total budget for the call is around 9 million EUROS
  • Duration of projects: up to 36 months
  • Each project must comprise of at least three research teams, each based in an eligible institution in a different country participating in the Heritage Plus Call.  The maximum number of research teams in a project is five.

Application Procedure

The Heritage Plus call has a two-step submission and evaluation process according to the timetable below:


Procedure Schedule
Launch of the Heritage Plus Call 3 March 2014
Deadline for submission of pre-proposals 28 April 2014, 18:00 CET (Brussels, Belgium time)
Invitation for full proposals or unsuccessful outcome issued August 2014
Deadline for submission of full proposals October 2014
Funding decisions February 2015
Start of research projects from April 2015

Forms, Guidelines and further information

The detailed guidelines for submitting a pre-proposal, including eligibility criteria for each country is available on the JPI website at AND for the Guidelines for Applicants Open Here

In order to help researchers or interested partners to find partners in other countries and organisations, an email group (called Heritage Plus) has been set up so that researchers can subscribe to receive such requests, and to post requests themselves.

To use this service, you need to subscribe at the following link –




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