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Conservation, protection and use Joint Call


The Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage and Global Change (JPI CH) launched in May 2019 a new funding opportunity for transnational proposals.

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.

Each project consortium must comprise at least three research teams, each from a different country participating in the JPI CH Conservation, Protection and Use Call and based in an eligible institution. The maximum number of research teams in a project is five.

Only beneficiaries located in the countries participating in the JPI CH Conservation, Protection and Use Call and eligible for the funding organization specified were eligible to apply, irrespective of their nationality.

The countries participating in this call are : Belarus, Cyprus,  Czech Republic, France , Italy , Latvia , Norway , Poland, Portugal , Spain , The Netherlands, The United Kingdom.

The call will include four main topics:

  • Topic one: Analysing and modelling change
  • Topic two: Sustainable protection and enhancement of values
  • Topic three: Management of cultural heritage at risk
  • Topic four: Layered conservation

The JPICH Conservation, Protection and Use Joint Call is the fifth of a series of joint transnational calls within the context of the JPI Cultural Heritage. This call has the purpose of enabling the emergence of new research-based frameworks that incorporate knowledge, concepts and values to help manage the ongoing and interlaced changes that affect cultural heritage in relation to its physical and social environment.

The JPICH Conservation, Protection and Use Joint Call for Proposals was formally published on 13th May 2019. At the deadline (11th September 2019). 62 eligible proposals were submitted.

All the eligible proposals were, first remotely assessed on the formal evaluation criteria defined in the call by minimum of two independent international peer reviewers. An International Assessment Panel carefully discussed by a peer review process, and ranked the eligible proposals under the vision of observers. At the end of all the process, ten proposals were elected for funding by the national funding agencies participating in the JPICH Conservation, Protection and Use Call and according to the order of the final ranking lists elaborated by the International Assessment Panel:

Acronym Full title Countries involved
SHIELD Safeguard Heritage in Endangered Looted Districts Cyprus, Italy, Portugal
WOODPDLAKE Archaeological Wooden Pile­Dwelling in Mediterranean European lakes: strategies for the exploitation, monitoring and conservation France, Italy, Spain
F-ATLAS Franciscan Landscapes: the Observance between Italy, Portugal and Spain Italy, Portugal, Spain
PROCRAFT PROtection and Conservation of Heritage AirCRAFT Czech Republic, France, Italy
PHE The Past Has Ears France, Italy, United Kingdom
CURBATHERI Curating Sustainable URBAn Transformations through HERItage Italy, Norway, Spain, United Kingdom
EHEM Enhancement of Heritage Experiences: the Middle Ages. Digital Layered Models of Architecture and Mural Paintings over Times Cyprus, Italy, Spain
StAr Development of Storage and Assessment methods suited for organic Archaeological artefacts France, Italy, Norway, Poland
IRIS Inspiring rural heritage: sustainable practices to protect and conserve upland landscapes and memories France, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom
CRYSTINART Crystallization damage at the interfaces of artworks France, Italy, The Netherlands

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Find the applicants documents used for the Conservation, Protection and Use Call in 2019 here :

Conservation, Protection and Use Joint Call – Documents