As a Partnership of member and associated Countries, the JPI CH has been implementing a number of joint activities aimed at enhancing the societal role of cultural heritage by supporting national and European research. The principal tool used so far has been the launch of joint calls for funding high quality and innovative research projects in the field of cultural heritage.
The first two joint calls were enclosed within the frame of the CSA JHEP “Coordination Action in support of the implementation of a Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) on Cultural Heritage and Global Change: a new challenge for Europe” and the European Programme Horizon 2020, respectively. JHEP Pilot call was launched in 2013, HERITAGE PLUS call in 2014. A third call is expected to be launched by 2017. Both calls have shown the critical mass of research teams working on cultural heritage at European level, as well as the extremely high interest that exists in performing transnational activities in this area of research.
The JPI CH is also working on the alignment process, according to the strategy outlined by the GPC Group and the Lund Declaration 2015 (Revisited) which identifies four priority areas that European institutions should consider for future actions aimed at tackle societal challenges. The alignment of strategies, instruments, resources and actors relevant to cultural heritage is being perceived by the JPI CH and discussed in the JPI CH Action Programme (recently approved by the EC and soon available on this website) which intends supporting the Members States and Associated Partners to plan tools and priorities for the SRA implementation in the next 3 years.
Furthermore, future joint activities of this JPI shall focus on stronger international cooperation. Linkages with NGOs and International Organizations should be reinforced and enlarged, new national agencies and strategic entities from foreign countries should be involved. A new internationalization strategy will lead to a better knowledge transfer, thus supporting national research activities.