Conservation, Protection & Use

Taking into account global developments and shifts, the protection and preservation of Europe's cultural heritage is of great importance. This requires research across national borders. The European Joint Programming Initiative Cultural Heritage (JPICH) programme stimulates collaboration between Dutch and foreign research groups in the field of cultural heritage.

Honoured projects

The ‘Conservation, Protection and Use’ call for transnational research has resulted in ten proposals elected for funding. Information on the honoured projects can be found on the JPICH website. In one of the projects are Dutch researchers involved. This is the research project CRYSTINART, which concerns crystallization damage at the interfaces of artworks. The project has research teams in France, Italy and The Netherlands.

About JPICH

The JPICH organizes a series of joint transnational calls for proposals. These calls aim to support research into strategies, methodologies and tools to safeguard and use the physical components of our cultural heritage. The purpose of this call is to finance innovative, interdisciplinary international research projects.

Fifth call

The 'Conservation, Protection and Use' joint call is the fifth call of a series of joint transnational calls within the context of the JPICH. These calls aim to support research into strategies, methodologies and tools to safeguard and use the physical components of our cultural heritage. This call invited 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.

The call included four main topics:

  • Analysing and modelling change
  • Sustainable protection and enhancement of values
  • Management of cultural heritage at risk
  • Layered conservation

Budget and participating countries

NWO made € 1,000,000 within the total amount of ca. € 6,700,000 available for researchers based in the Netherlands. Researchers working in Belarus, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom could jointly submit a proposal.

More information

Full details of the call are still available on the JPICH website.