The HERITAGE PLUS Call was announced in early 2014 under the ERA-NET Plus action “Development of new methodologies, technologies and products for the assessment, protection and management of historical and modern artefacts, buildings and sites”, co-funded by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission in the area of research in cultural heritage, primarily focusing on tangible cultural heritage, but including the interlinked aspects of digital and intangible heritage. The call aimed to fund excellent, collaborative, transnational, interdisciplinary, innovative R&D projects focussed on cultural heritage research.
Heritage Plus, organized as a part of the Joint Programming Initiative in Cultural Heritage and Global Change (JPICH), was co-funded by various agencies in 15 participating countries (Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom) and the European Commission. Its total budget amounted to about 9 mln EUR. The Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage implements and co-funds those projects that the Polish entities and research teams participate in.
The research topics, that the Heritage Plus was focused on, had been drawn from the Strategic Research Agenda for the Joint Programming Initiative in Cultural Heritage and Global Change http://www.jpi-culturalheritage.eu/2014/02/strategic-research-agenda-sra/
The Heritage Plus supports the research projects in three major areas:
- Safeguarding tangible cultural heritage and its associated intangible expressions
- Sustainable strategies for protecting and managing cultural heritage
- Use and re-use of all kinds of cultural heritage
The role of the National Institute for Museums and Public Collections (NIMOZ), as an intermediary institution in the implementation of the Heritage Plus programme, is to carry out the tasks of the National Contact Point.
The HERITAGE PLUS was a two-stage call. The first stage – the call for pre-proposals – was announced on 3 March and lasted until 29 April 2014.
In the first stage of the call, altogether 352 pre-proposals from 15 participating countries were submitted. They included as many as 47 project featuring researchers from Poland, and in 20 cases Polish entities were leaders of research consortia (6th place among 15 countries).
The deadline for submitting of the proposals in the 2nd stage was 22 October.
As a result, 54 full proposals were submitted to the remote evaluation stage done by the independent international peer reviewer experts. Every single proposal was evaluated then by 3 experts. Later, all 162 remote evaluations, together with 54 proposals, were sent to the International Peer Review Panel. The members of this board approved the ranking list of 43 project proposals recommended for funding.
The representatives of the co-funding agencies decided to fund 16 top ranked projects. There are 3 projects engaging the Polish researchers. In one of them
Polish entity is a leader of the research consortium.
The process of signing and funding the projects, coordinated by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland, started in June 2015. Two projects have been already initiated.
The final list of funded projects in the Heritage Plus call -> http://www.jpi-culturalheritage.eu/wp-content/uploads/Projects-funded-list-JPICH1.pdf
Next Heritage plus call is not foreseen for the moment.