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.

In the Pillar II Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness of the Horizon Europe, among the Cluster 2 Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society, the Destination: Innovative Research on European Cultural Heritage and Cultural and Creative Industries – Building Our Future from the Past adresses calls on the cultural heritage research and science.

General Recommendation

Proposals under this destination should consider and promote in a cross-cutting way, and whenever appropriate and applicable:

  • The use of digital and cutting-edge technologies;
  • An active and sustainable engagement with stakeholders, social innovators and citizens;
  • The active involvement of local, regional or national authorities and sectoral social partners, particularly in the uptake and implementation of research results and recommendations;
  • clear strategy for the uptake of research outcomes, recommendations or results, in particular where CCIs are participating or are concerned;
  • Training and education activities for targeted groups of users and/or stakeholders;
  • A robust plan for how projects will use or build on outputs and results from research already undertaken and technology already available;
  • Increased participation of CCIs, SMEs and industry;
  • Lessons learnt from the COVID-19 crisis in view of a sustainable management of the post-crisis society;
  • Contribution to the European Green Deal, the New European Bauhaus as well as the Sustainable Development Goals.

Expected impacts:

Proposals for topics under this Destination should set out a credible pathway to contributing to the following expected impact of the Horizon Europe Strategic Plan:

The full potential of cultural heritage, arts and cultural and creative sectors as a driver of sustainable innovation and a European sense of belonging is realised through a continuous engagement with society, citizens and economic sectors as well as through better protection, restoration and promotion of cultural heritage.


Research and innovation on cultural heritage and CCIs – 2023


Opening: 14 Dec 2022 / Deadline: 14 Mar 2022

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Topics Types Budget Projects to be Funded
01-01 Advanced technologies for remote monitoring of heritage monuments and artefacts RIA 12M 3
01-02 Cultural and creative industries for a sustainable climate transition RIA 12M 3
01-03 Re-visiting the digitisation of cultural heritage: What, how and why? RIA 12M 3
01-04 Cultural heritage in transformation – facing change with confidence RIA 9M 3
01-05 Fostering socioeconomic development and job creation in rural and remote areas through cultural tourism RIA 9M 3
01-06 A world leading European video game innovation system RIA 12M 3
01-07 Promoting cultural literacy through arts education to foster social inclusion RIA 9M 3
01-08 Cultural and creative approaches for gender-responsive STEAM education CSA 3M 1


A European Collaborative Cloud for Cultural Heritage – 2023


Opening: 20 Jan 2023 / Deadline: 21 Sep 2023

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Topics Types Budget Projects to be Funded
01-01 A European Collaborative Cloud for Cultural Heritage IA 25M 1
01-02 A European Collaborative Cloud for Cultural Heritage – Innovative tools for digitising cultural heritage objects RIA 10M 2



Horizon Europe is structured into three main pillars, Pillar I Excellent Science covers fundamental research funded by the European Research Council and Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action, while Pillar III Innovative Europe is dedicated to improving Europe’s innovation ecosystem and to commercialising innovation. Under Pillar II, EU funding is provided to tackle global challenges and to boost Europe’s industrial competitiveness. That’s where the clusters come in. The structure of Horizon Europe lists a total of six clusters that are broken down into individual expected impacts around overarching themes. The six clusters are

  • Cluster 1: Health
  • Cluster 2: Culture, Creativity & Inclusive Society
  • Cluster 3: Civil Security for Society
  • Cluster 4: Digital, Industry & Space
  • Cluster 5: Climate, Energy & Mobility
  • Cluster 6: Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture & Environment

The clusters are subdivide into different Destinations where the specific directions and ultimate points of arrival Horizon Europe aims to achieve through the new impact-driven approach.