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JPICH Conservation, Protection and Use call announcement

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The Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage and Global Change is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity. 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 6,660,00 Euros. The participating countries in this call are: Belarus, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom.


Four broad topics essential for our understanding of change and how to manage it are addressed in this call: 

  1. Analysing and modelling change
  2. Developing sustainable protection and enhancement of values
  3. Management of cultural heritage at risk
  4. Layered protection and conservation.

Projects funded through this call will contribute to a knowledge- and research-based framework for the understanding, safeguarding, preservation and sustainable use of cultural heritage. Outcomes might include new methods/approaches and/or materials, or the novel application of existing approaches/methods and/or materials to the study, understanding, interpretation, presentation, dissemination, conservation, protection and use of cultural heritage.

Eligibility criteria

  • Duration of projects: up to 36 months
  • Each project proposal must comprise of 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 maximum contribution from the UK per project is 200,000 Euros (fEC). Only the 80% fEC should be entered onto the budget tables. You should however, keep a record of the 100% fEC budget and headings for your records and audit purposes.

Opening Dates

Call Opened: 13/05/2019

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 11/09/2019

Call for proposals opens: 13 May 2019
Deadline for proposals:
 11 September 2019, 16:00 CEST  (15:00 UK)

Applicants will be informed of funding decisions in early December and projects would be expected to start between 1 January 2020 and 1 July 2020.

How to make an application

A JISC Mail list has been set up to help researchers or interested partners to find partners in other countries and organisations for the JPICH Conservation and Protection call. To use this service, please subscribe at: www.jiscmail.ac.uk/jpich-conservationcall.

To download the application documents and access the submission portal, please visit: https://www.jpich-conservation.eu/

Further Information

Further details can be found in the JPICH Conservation and Protection Call Guidance (PDF) (PDF, 1.1MB)

The National Contact Points from the participating countries should be contacted with regards to questions about country specific eligibility and maximum budgets.

The funding for UK researchers is provided by AHRC and is not impacted by Brexit, however travel, passports and movement of goods during the project will need to be considered in the light of government advice when working with European partners.

Find out more about Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs).


Jamie Davies, International Stakeholder Engagement Portfolio Manager (Heritage) E: James.Davies@ahrc.ukri.org T: 01793 416068

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