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Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) is a network of national funding agencies committed to leading and developing funding opportunities for humanities researchers in Europe, and sharing excellence in research management practices and outcomes. Together with the European Commission, it has invested €56.4 million Euros in 55 Joint Research Projects, nearly all of which involve UK researchers.

HERA is dedicated to:

  • To pool national and European funding in order to support innovative, collaborative humanities-focused research across borders
  • To enable investigation of humanities-focused research questions that require transnational and multi-disciplinary perspectives to answer
  • To support knowledge exchange with wide range of stakeholders
  • To assist capacity-building for collaborative humanities research To share knowledge and best practice in joint research programming
  • To give a strong voice to the humanities in the European Research Area

View the last HERA funding opportunity ‘Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe’ (funded via 24 humanities funders and the European Commission).

Useful Links

HERA has run 3 previous joint research programmes, details of all the projects and activities funded under HERA are available on the HERA website.

Funded Research

Spanning topics from Bronze Age craft production to jazz culture, Arctic tourism to transnational radio encounters, projects funded by HERA reflect the breadth and depth of humanities research across Europe. By moving beyond national boundaries, these grants highlight the tremendous benefits that can accrue from HERA’s transnational research model. The following selection of case studies provides a flavour of the diverse and imaginative projects funded through previous HERA calls:

  • Arctic Encounters: Contemporary Travel/Writing in the European High North (ENCARC)
  • Cultural Encounters in Intervention Against Violence (CEINAV)
  • Transnational Radio Encounters. Mediations of Nationality, Identity and Community through Radio (TRE)

HERA is managed centrally, for general HERA queries please contact the Irish Research Council hera@research.ie, for UK specific queries please email hera@ahrc.ukri.org.