Pre-announcement: JPICH Conservation and Protection Call

The Joint Programming Initiative Cultural Heritage and Global Change (JPICH) is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for transnational proposals. The Conservation and Protection call will support research into strategies, methodologies and tools to safeguard and use the physical components of our cultural heritage. The call will open on 1st May 2019.

Safeguarding Europe’s unique cultural heritage against the effects of continuous ageing and decay under global change conditions is a major concern for decision makers and researchers in Europe. Heritage should be understood in its broadest sense and one which recognises the interconnectedness between cultural, built and natural heritage. Cultural heritage includes tangible (movable and immovable) and intangible assets, and encompasses a huge range of types including digital heritage and those which overlap with natural heritage, such as cultural land- and seascapes.

The aims of the call are:

  • to support well-defined, innovative, interdisciplinary, internationally-focused and collaborative research projects of the highest quality and standards that will lead to significant advances in the conservation and management of cultural heritage ;
  • to promote knowledge exchange with individuals and organisations outside the immediate research community, to include policy makers, businesses and commercial enterprises, the broader heritage sector, voluntary and community groups and the general public;
  • to support a range of interactions and partnerships between cultural heritage researchers and a variety of user communities, to include policy makers, businesses and commercial enterprises, the broader heritage sector, voluntary and community groups and the general public, thereby maximizing the value of the research outcomes.

Research topics

It is acceptable and encouraged for a project to address issues from more than one of the Conservation and Protection topics described below.

  • To develop materials, technologies and procedures for long-term maintenance, secure access, conservation and in-situ preservation of cultural heritage.
  • To explore the opportunities heritage presents for revitalisation and regeneration of artefacts, buildings and landscapes taking into account the values various kinds of cultural heritage hold.
  • To discover what evidence is required by decision makers when deciding new or changed uses for cultural heritage and the role of the community as actor in heritage management and sustainable development of local communities.
  • To develop sustainability strategies, including cultural, social, economic and environmental approaches, for cultural heritage at all scales, from artefact to landscape.
  • To fully understand the embodied energy in heritage materials and energy systems in heritage structures and assemblies in order to develop effective, sustainable management plans.

Who can apply?

Applicants must be based in countries that have committed to the Conservation and Protection Call and must be eligible for the funding organization specified below.

  • Belarus - National Academy of science (NASB)
  • Cyprus - Research Promotion Foundation (RPF)
  • Czech Republic - Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS)
  • France - Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR)
  • Italy - Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR)
  • Latvia - Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia (IZM)
  • Norway - The Research Council of Norway (RCN)
  • Poland - Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (MKiDN)
  • Portugal - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT)
  • Spain - State Research Agency (AEI)
  • The Netherlands -The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
  • The United Kingdom - Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Eligibility criteria:

  • Duration of projects up to 36 months;
  • Each project proposal must comprise at least three research teams, each based in an eligible institution in a different country participating in the Conservation and Protection Call. The maximum number of research teams in a project proposal is five.
  • Applications must be in accordance with the eligibility requirements relevant for the national research teams in the transnational research consortia and not exceed the maximum budgets to be requested therein.

The Call for Proposals will open on 1 May 2019 and will close on 3 September 2019.

Useful information

The following information will be available from 01 May 2019 onwards on the JPI website:

  • Conservation and Protection Call for Proposals, including eligibility criteria and detailed guidelines for preparing and submitting a proposal;
  • Application form;
  • Required budget templates;
  • FAQs and Glossary.

In order to help researchers or interested partners to find partners in other countries and organisations, an email group (called JPICH-CONSERVATIONCALL) 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:


- France - sylvie.contrepois(at)

Last updated on 29 March 2019
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