Funding opportunity

Funding opportunity: Research cultural heritage, society and ethics with European partners

Apply for funding to research cultural heritage, society and ethics with European partners.

You must:

  • be based at a UK research organisation eligible for AHRC funding
  • work with researchers from at least two other participating countries.

Applications from early career researchers are particularly encouraged.

The full economic cost of the UK elements of a project can be up to €250,000. AHRC will fund 80% of the full economic cost. The total fund available is €1 million.

Projects must last between 24 and 36 months.

This funding opportunity is being run by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche.


Who can apply

This funding opportunity is open to teams of researchers from at least three, but no more than five, of the participating countries.

The participating countries are:

  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Lithuania
  • the Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Romania
  • Spain
  • the UK.

The researchers from each country must:

  • meet the eligibility criteria of their respective funding council
  • be based at organisations that meet those eligibility criteria.

Applications from early career researchers are particularly encouraged.

This funding opportunity is being run by our French partner, ANR.

What we're looking for

This funding opportunity is for transnational research teams who wish to explore cultural heritage and how it relates to ethics.

There are two complementary themes.

Cultural heritage and economic development

Researchers could explore:

  • how cultural heritage can contribute to the development of sustainable experience-based economies without being put at risk
  • how the non-utilitarian value of cultural heritage can be promoted in the context of its growing commercialisation.

Cultural heritage and sustainable strategies

Researchers could explore the relationship between cultural heritage, democratic values and politics from a historical perspective. They should emphasise:

  • the construction of conflicting narratives resulting from the use and misuse of cultural heritage
  • the contribution of cultural heritage to sustainable and ethical behaviours and policies.


UK-based participants can apply for the following costs:

  • principal investigator salary and associated overheads
  • co-investigator salary and associated overheads
  • international co-investigator costs
  • research assistant salary and associated overheads
  • minimal costs for collaborating organisations where expertise or knowledge is required: any organisation can be named as a ‘collaborating organisation’, but its contribution to the project must be fully explained and all costs must be justified
  • travel and subsistence costs
  • other directly incurred costs relating to the proposed research that are eligible according to the AHRC research funding guide.

UK budgets cannot include costs for project PhD students.

The full economic cost of the UK elements of a project can be up to €250,000. AHRC will fund 80% of the full economic cost.

How to apply

You must apply on the ANR online project submission platform.

See the ANR website for full details of the application process.

Matchmaking platform

The secretariat for this funding opportunity has created an online matchmaking platform. Its purpose is to:

  • help applicants create or consolidate transnational research consortia that meet the eligibility criteria
  • foster networking, particularly for early career researchers.

You can already visit and explore the platform. Further instructions on how to use it will be given in the online information event.

Contact details

Ask a question about this opportunity

General queries

Benjamin Konnert, Scientific Project Officer, ANR


Specific queries for AHRC


Additional info


This opportunity is part of the Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage and Global Change (JPI CH or JPI on Cultural Heritage).

JPI CH was created in 2010 by the European Commission. Driven by EU member states, it is an initiative that brings together national research funding organisations, ministries and research councils from across Europe. The aim is to address societal challenges in the European research area.

JPI CH’s objective is to promote the safeguarding of cultural heritage in its broader sense through better coordinated research and innovation. It brings together 17 member countries and has funded more than 50 research projects through six thematic calls over the years.


The funding for UK researchers is provided by AHRC and is not impacted by Brexit. However, travel, passports and movement of goods during the project will need to be considered in the light of government advice when working with European partners.

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