Cultural Heritage, Identities & Perspectives: Responding to Changing Societies

The purpose of this JPICH Call for Proposals is to support the development of research-based and/or applied ideas and knowledge, as well as concepts and values relating to cultural heritage, so to meet societal challenges and contribute to the development and/or reflexivity and resilience of all groups in societies.


The call aims to fund excellent, collaborative, transnational, interdisciplinary, innovative, fundamental or applied research projects.

The call will support proposals which address the Cultural Heritage, Identities & Perspectives topics under the following five overarching headings:

  • rethinking the implicit role of cultural heritage in society;
  • perspectives on and constructions of cultural heritage;
  • cultural heritage management approaches: co-creation, connecting communities & sustainable development goals;
  • innovative and inclusive (digital) access to cultural heritage;
  • impacts of cultural heritage: cultural, economic, user, public and social values.

Who can apply

Senior researchers in the Humanities who are employed at universities established in The Kingdom of The Netherlands, or NWO and KNAW institutes may participate in a JPICH CHIP research team as Project Leader or as Principal Investigator. Note that the employment can be a tenured appointment, or a temporary appointment for the duration of the application process and the research project. Article 1.1 of the NWO Grant Rules 2017 (last amendment 30 January 2019) states from which Knowledge Institutes an application for funding by NWO can be submitted.

Researchers not formally affiliated to a knowledge institute recognised by NWO (universities of applied knowledge, Dutch Cultural Heritage Agency) may be part of a JPICH CHIP research team but cannot function as formal Project Leader or Principal Investigator. Personnel costs for researchers associated with these organisations will not be reimbursed and subsequently these researchers have to provide proof of having secured funding when applying.

Each proposal must involve at least three eligible Principle Investigators (PIs), each one based in an eligible institution in a different country participating in the call. The maximum number of national research teams or legal entities to be funded in a transnational project consortium is five. Prior to submitting the proposal, applicants should check the eligibility requirements for each country, which can be found in Annex A to the Call for Proposals.

The Project Leader submits the application on behalf of the consortium. More information about categories of participants as well as specific requirements regarding to who can apply, can be found in paragraph 2.2 and 2.3 of the Call for Proposals.

What to apply for

The total NWO budget available for the JPICH CHIP call is € 750,000. The maximum funding per project which can be requested by a research team from NWO is € 250,000. If the total project budget exceeds € 250,000, (institutional or third-party) co-financing must be committed at the time of submitting the application by including signed letters(s) commitment in the application (Part E).

The budget available for this Call for Proposals is 6,130,081 euro. The maximum funding per project per funding agency can be found in Annex A to the Call for Proposals. Transnational research projects must not exceed 36 months in duration and must start by 1 June 2021 at the latest. All costs must be eligible according to national eligibility requirements. Funding for researchers from The Kingdom of The Netherlands can be requested to cover the following types of costs (modules):

  1. personnel costs;
  2. material costs;
  3. knowledge utilisation;
  4. internationalisation;
  5. project management;
  6. money follows cooperation.

Please note: in every application, at least one Postdoc position and one Research leave should be applied for. As NWO considers the transfer of knowledge to be of utmost importance, it is also mandatory to reserve budget for knowledge utilisation for at least 15% of the total project budget (up to € 37,500).

When to apply for

All proposals must be submitted via the online submission system. The deadline for submission is 22nd of September 2020, 14:00 CEST.



Evaluation criteria are:

  • research excellence - the quality of the transnational project;
  • potential impact;
  • quality and efficiency of the implementation and the management.


The assessment of proposals will be undertaken by an independent International Assessment Panel with expertise in fields of research relevant to the proposals. After the remote evaluation of proposals, the panel will meet to discuss and agree a final score for each proposal, which will determine a ranking list. The JPICH Cultural Heritage, Identities & Perspectives Management Group will ensure the fair and equitable nature of the evaluation and selection process and its compliance with the JPICH Cultural Heritage, Identities & Perspectives and JPI guidelines.

The decision will take place in the first half of December 2020.

More information

Proposals must be submitted via the online submission system. Full guidance documentation and application templates are available on the site of the JPICH website and below. Before applying, please read carefully the JPICH Cultural Heritage, Identities & Perspectives: Responding to Changing Societies Call for Proposals.



Open for application


22 September 2020 14:00

Grant type

Cooperation and Exchange


750,000 euro, NWO element maximum per project is 250,000 euro.

Science area

Social Sciences and Humanities


JPI Cultural Heritage and Global Change


Research (2019-2022)


Bulgaria - Bulgarian National Science Fund (BNSF) Czech Republic - Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MŠMT) Estonia - Estonian Research Council (ETAg) France - Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) Greece - General Secretariat for Research & Technology (GSRT) Latvia - Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) Lithuania - Lietuvos mokslo taryba (LMT) Norway - The Research Council of Norway (RCN) Poland - Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (MKiDN) Portugal - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) Sweden - Swedish Research Council (SRC) The United Kingdom - Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)


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