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This section contains the key documents for the establishment and functioning of JPI on Cultural Heritage, as well as its structure, mission and core activities. The Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) and the Vision Document (VD) are at base of the JPI CH.

Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA): Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda 2020 builds on SRA 2014 and reflects the political, economic, sociocultural and technological changes that have occured in recent years. It capitalises on the increasing policy developments both within Europe and beyond which demonstrate the intrinsic and instrumental values of heritage.

Overarching research principles have been agreed which will underpin the future joint activities of the JPI CH. They reaffirm that the initiative promotes a holistic approach to cultural heritage and encourages collaborative, transdisciplinary, interdisciplinary, innovative, basic and applied research, to meet societal challenges and contribute to sustainable development. Public participation and engagement should be at the heart of the joint activities, and education and training opportunities should be developed. SRIA 2020 aims to ensure that the JPI CH supports digital innovation within the heritage sector and contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

To meet future-orientated challenges, four Priority Areas were identified through consultation with the JPI CH’s Advisory and Scientific Board and National Consultation Panels:

  • A reflective heritage for a resilient society
  • Sustainable management of cultural
  • Cultural heritage in a changing context
  • Cultural heritage facing climate and environmental

Vision Document (VD): it intends to develop the vision for the area of research on cultural heritage in a changing world, starting from the European societal challenges and political contexts. It stresses on the main objective of JPI on Cultural Heritage that shall be addressing the strong relationships between cultural heritage, conservation, technological innovation and economic development within the dynamic framework of the challenges and competitiveness in an enlarged European Union. The three challenges agreed in the VD approved by the Governing Boarding in March 2010, are:

Challenge 1: probing the relation between cultural heritage and one of the most important drivers of future change for communities – climate change.

Challenge 2: probing the issues of protection and security of cultural heritage.

Challenge 3: probing the relationship between the cultural heritage protection and the uses of cultural heritage by society

Term of Reference (TOR) : it is the Annex 1 of the VD and describes the governance structure of the JPI CH, the roles, tasks and obligations of each institutional body. It is followed by annexes on the state of the art of public actions supporting cultural heritage in each member Country and at European level.

Long-Term-Strategy (LTS): the 10 JPIs have all developed Long-Term-Strategy reports, in cooperation with the GPC working group on the Future of Joint Programming and have presented them at the GPC plenary June 6th, 2017. This reports presents a strong narrative of strategic planning and subsequent joint tackling of societal challenges.