HERA Joint Research Programme 2009 – “Cultural Dynamics: Inheritance and Identity” and “Humanities as a Source of Creativity and Innovation”


HERA Joint Research Programme: Outcomes and Achievements

“Cultural Dynamics: Inheritance and Identity” and “Humanities as a Source of Creativity and Innovation”.

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In 2009, the HERA Network launched the first Joint Research Programme (HERA JRP) for two themes “Cultural Dynamics: Inheritance and Identity” and “Humanities as a Source of Creativity and Innovation”.

The programme is co-funded by 13 humanities research councils in Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden and United Kingdom and the European Commission under the ERA-NET Plus scheme. Together they have pooled national and European funding to set up a common pot funding mechanism.

The call attracted a total of 234 proposals under both themes involving over 700 humanities scholars across Europe. Successful proposals required the building of consortia of three or more partners based in three or more different HERA JRP countries. The total amount of funding available for both HERA JRP themes was 16,5 M€. The common pot funding mechanism has allowed funding the best proposals irrespective of the nationality of the applicants.

The European Science Foundation (ESF) managed the call for proposals and peer review process and is managing networking and knowledge transfer activities and monitoring of the projects. Proposal evaluation was carried out in two stages (Outline and Full Proposals) by two international, independent HERA JRP Review Panels. In the second stage, the invited Full Proposals were assessed by at least three independent external expert referees. A list of all referee names unassigned to proposals used for the international peer review is published here. The Review Panels have recommended 19 Full Proposals for funding out of the 55 submitted Full Proposals.

Overview of all HERA JRP funded projects can be found here. Most of the funded projects will run for three years (2010-2013) and will work closely with museums, cultural heritage institutions, festivals or policy-makers to ensure the continued societal relevance of the research projects and the transfer of the research results to interested policy makers and cultural organisations.