Europe’s rich cultural heritage, with its common values, its wealth of monuments and sites and its creative diversity of traditions, crafts, arts, architecture, literature, languages, theatre, films and music, not only reflects our past but also shapes our present and builds our future. It is a creative way of cultivating independent thinking and dialogue, while promoting our interests across the world. Access to experience with cultural heritage contributes to social cohesion and inclusion, by strengthening resilience and the sense of belonging, bringing people together and improving well-being.

Europe’s common research and innovation (R&I) action to protect, conserve, restore and repair its important cultural heritage, promote its use as one of the substantial European resources, boost its traditional and contemporary arts and create wider awareness is still limited in scope and impact. Moreover, European tangible and intangible cultural heritage is increasingly facing a number of challenges such as deterioration due to climate change, pollution, natural or man-made disasters, looting and illicit trafficking, lack of finance or insufficient valorisation. In addition, Europe’s cultural production (in particular film and music) lags behind in international competitiveness despite its high quality and quantity.

Call Details

Call: Research and innovation on cultural heritage and CCIs II- 2022

Topic ID: HORIZON-CL2-2022-HERITAGE-02-01;

Indicative Budget: EUR 6.00 million;

Expected EU Contribution per Project: 5.0 to 6.0 million

Number of Projects to be Funded: 1;

Opening: 12 May 2022; Deadline: 21 Sep 2022.

Expected Outcomes

The project should contribute to all of the following expected outcomes:

  • The establishment and development of a network of and for the cultural and creative industries (CCIs) in the EU Member States and associated countries, covering the diversity of the CCIs in terms of sectors, countries and company size, with particular attention to small and medium-sized enterprises.
  • Well-founded and prioritised recommendations for EU policy on R&I and in other key areas for the CCIs, including to contribute to the 2030 objectives of the European Green Deal, notably in terms of environmental sustainability, while strengthening competitiveness and internationalisation.
  • Structurally strengthened cooperation between CCIs across sectorial, geographical and cultural borders, as well as between CCIs and other economic sectors, empowering the CCIs to assume a proactive innovation-driving role, resulting in more innovations with a cultural and creative base.
  • European CCIs ready for the green and digital transitions.

For more information and to apply for the funding, please visit the website of Funding & Tender Opportunities.