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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 Iniciative Cultural Heritage and Global Change (JPI CH), integrating its Coordination and Support Action (Joint Heritage European Program, JHEP2),which ended in 2019.

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. In 2019, JPI CH launched another transnational call for proposals Conservation, Protection and Use, which had national participation as well.

JPI CH announces a new funding opportunity for joint transnational proposals, a call under the topic Cultural Heritage, Identities & Perspectives: Responding to Changing Societies.

Cultural Heritage, Identities & Perspectives: Responding to Changing Societies’ Joint Call

Researchers are invited to submit research proposals on the role of heritage in society from different (inter)national perspectives and value systems. This includes questions such as what role heritage plays in the formation of identities, how institutions can manage heritage in an inclusive manner, and to what extent digitization contributes to meaningful access to heritage. The call aims to support interdisciplinary research that is set up and carried out by transnational consortia within the context of a single project.

The total budget for the call for transnational projects is approximately 6.5M€.


04.09.2020 – Important note: Each country can only be represented by one institution per consortium.

20.05.2020 - Cyprus is no longer a partner of the Joint call “Cultural Heritage, Identities & Perspectives”.

March 31, 2020: Launch of the joint call Cultural Heritage, Identities & Perspectives: Responding to Changing Societies.

September 22, 2020 (14:00 CEST): Deadline for submission.

The documents relating to the joint call Cultural Heritage, Identities & Perspectives: Responding to Changing Societies are available on the JPI CH website ( and 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 the following topics:

  • Rethinking the implicit role of cultural heritage in society
  • Perspectives on and constructions of cultural heritage
  • Cultural heritage management approaches: co-creation, connecting communities, and sustainable development goals
  • Innovative and inclusive (digital) access to cultural heritage
  • Impacts of cultural heritage: cultural, economic, user, public and social values

Participant countries:

Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Greece, the Kingdom of The Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

How 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 - Acess 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: 250.000 €

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

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

Please note: 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


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