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Heritage Plus

Joint Programming Initiatives

Cultural Heritage and Global Change: a new challenge for Europe

Since 2014, the Foundation for Science and Technology has taken on the role of national representation in the Joint Programming Initiative Cultural Heritage and Global Change (JPI CH), integrating its Coordination and Support Action (Joint Heritage European Program, JHEP2).

In line with the overall objectives of the Initiative - aligning strategic research and innovation agendas and increasing the value of relevant investments in R & D and national and community infrastructures through joint planning and implementation of transnational funding programs - and already after the integration of Portugal in the Initiative, the network ERA-NET Heritage Plus launched in 2015 a joint transnational call for innovative collaborative proposals in the area of material, immaterial and digital heritage, which had national participation.

JPI CH announces a new funding opportunity for joint transnational proposals, a call under the topic Conservation, Protection and Use of Cultural Heritage.

‘Conservation, Protection and Use‘ Joint Call

The Conservation, Protection and Use call will support research into strategies, methodologies and tools to safeguard and use the physical components of our cultural heritage. It invites research projects that take a global approach to preserving Europe’s heritage and which result in a better understanding of our history, traditions and culture, of our individual and collective identities, and ultimately of our well-being.

The total budget for the call for transnational projects is approximately 6.7M€.


May 27, 2019: Launch of the joint call Conservation, Protection and Use.

September 11, 2019 (16:00 CEST): Deadline for submission.

The documents relating to the joint call Conservation, Protection and Use are available on the JPI CH website ( as well as on the submissions portal (

The Call Announcement and Guidelines for Applicants contains detailed information on call objectives, topics and expected impact, national/regional funding rules and how to apply for funding.

Please consult the documents and selected links available in the yellow box on the right.

The call will include four main topics:

  • Topic one: Analysing and modelling change
  • Topic two: Sustainable protection and enhancement of values
  • Topic three: Management of cultural heritage at risk
  • Topic four: Layered conservation

Participant countries:

Belarus, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, The Netherlands and United Kingdom.

Hot to Apply:

1 - Consult the call documents available on the yellow box on the right.

2 - Read the national rules of all the participating countries involved in your consortium (including your own), available in the Call Announcement and Guidelines for Applicants.

3 - Access the call page and partner search website.

4 - Within 10 working days after the deadline for submitting the proposal, the Portuguese teams (Participants and/or Coordinators) must:

  • send to the Call National Point a statement of commitment, duly signed by the Researcher in Charge and by the Head of the Portuguese applicant organization, and stamped. FCT may later require the original of the statement of commitment.
  • prove that the Researcher in Charge has or will have, at the time of signing the project’s acceptance document, a labor bound or that he/she holds a post-doctoral grant with the Proposing Institution or, in case there is no such situation, send a written agreement between the parties.


National funding commitment for the call: 300.000 €

Maximum requested funding for a consortium with Portuguese coordination:: 250.000 €

Maximum requested funding for a consortium with Portuguese participation:: 150.000 €

Please note: if more than one Portuguese institution participates in a consortium, the budget has to be shared. Portuguese institutions must follow FCT's Legislation, Regulations and Norms. The dedication (FTE) in transnational projects is not taken into account for the 100% (FTE) dedication to national projects.



Luísa Igreja
Tel: (+351) 213 911 537

Joana Pinheiro
Tel: (+351) 213 911 567

Departamento das Relações Internacionais
FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Av. D. Carlos I, 126
1249 – 074 Lisboa

JPI CH website'