Opportunities for culture in Horizon 2020 work program 2018-2020

European Commission emphasizes value of heritage and culture in Horizon 2020

The Horizon 2020 work program 2018-2020 offers exiting new opportunities for projects focusing on culture, cultural heritage, and the creative industries.

Socioeconomic and Cultural Transformations

The call for proposals under the title Socioeconomic and Cultural Transformations in the Context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution has 5 topics that assign a central role to culture and the creative industries.

The subject of TRANSFORMATIONS-06-2018: Inclusive and sustainable growth through cultural and creative industries is particularly suitable for project proposals in which the cultural and creative industries come together. This can be done, for example, by combinations of museums, or other heritage institutions and creative agencies, or by combining cultural tourism with creative companies, etc. This action recognizes the economic value of culture in Horizon 2020.

This is a Research and Innovation Action, which means that research is a key component of the proposal. Therefore research institutions, such as universities, should be involved in the project.

The impact expected from this type of project is quite widely defined, but there must be a connection with policy: The action will formulate recommendations in support of regional, national and European policies in the field of cultural and creative industries. This means that the participation of government entities, be it local, regional, or national, is an important ingredient for the creation a strong proposal.

A good balance of participants within the project consortium is essential for such proposals. Of course, we are glad to advise and guide you on the basis of our own experience.

The deadline for proposals is 13 March 2018. So there is still time to start, but some urgency is required. If you have already started preparing an application, you can at any point contact us for a proposal concept analysis, a trial evaluation, or additional advice.

The topic TRANSFORMATIONS-08-2019: The societal value of culture and the impact of cultural policies in Europe offers opportunities for culture in Horizon 2020 and starting points for a project in which cultural and cultural heritage institutions can play a central role. This is also a Research and Innovation Action, but more focused on researching and collecting statistical information about the impact of cultural policy: The action will provide new methodologies for capturing the societal value of culture in contemporary societies. methods for capturing cultural impacts in cooperation, when appropriate, with national statistical institutes, relevant international organizations, networks, research infrastructures and Eurostat. It is therefore a fairly abstract goal in which the participation of local and regional authorities may also be an important plus.

The deadline for submission of proposals is 14 March 2019. This allows for a thorough preparation of a proposal, with which we are happy to assist you.


Cultuur in Horizon 2020 projectvoorstel gesymboliseerd door bureau met paperassen.
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A specific but particularly important issue is the protection of endangered cultural heritage against destruction, theft and illegal trade, or smuggling. The European Commission has set up the following Coordination and Support Action to meet this challenge. SU-TRANSFORMATIONS-09-2018: Social platform on endangered cultural heritage and illicit trafficking of cultural goods. This Support Action mainly concerns mapping international cooperation at a high level and developing recommendations. Nevertheless, specific knowledge of cultural and creative domains (such as 3D reconstruction) is also required. This entails, that there are interesting opportunities for research agencies, heritage experts and creative companies. Bringing together a balanced and credible consortium is very important. In the run-up to an application in this area we can take a lot of work off your hands by acting as a coach, or co-developing the consortium. We think it is important that the European Commission has put the vulnerability of culture on the map in Horizon 2020.

The deadline for proposals is March 14, 2018. So there is still time to start working on a proposal, but some urgency is required. If you have already started preparing an application, you can contact us for a proposal concept analysis, a trial evaluation, or additional advice.

Culture and cultural heritage are a collective property and are of collective importance. Nevertheless, large groups are excluded from access to and the enjoyment of culture. This challenge is being tackled by the European Commission within the Horizon 2020 program with the subject DT-TRANSFORMATIONS-11-2019: Collaborative approaches to cultural heritage for social cohesion. Although this Research and Innovation Action is a bit further down on the agenda, it is no problem to start thinking about it now. It is a complex issue that requires a multi-faceted approach on many levels. Finding the right partners for a consortium will therefore take somewhat longer. We can assist you in this stage.

The deadline for proposals is March 14, 2019. So there is enough time to prepare a proposal and form a consortium. We are happy to assist you.


We have a lot of experience with the digitization of cultural heritage, because as the first director of Digital Heritage Netherlands, co-author of the Dutch digitization policy and author of numerous national and international advice regarding digitization and digital information management, Eelco Bruinsma is a professional in this field. very much experience. The subject DT-TRANSFORMATIONS-12-2018-2020: Curation of digital assets and advanced digitization is therefore central to our area of ​​expertise. Digitization is much more than capturing the appearance of a cultural object. For years, Eelco Bruinsma has advised institutions to approach digitization as an integral process in which many more values ​​are recorded than just the museum information and the exterior. This was the core of the lectures he gave in the past in the context of the course Computing in the Humanities in Leiden. It took a long time before digitization was lifted across the threshold of basic collection and information management. With this Innovation Action, the European Commission within Horizon 2020 now also aims at the goal we have been pursuing for years at ABCultuur. That is great news. If your vision on the digitization and use of digitized heritage also goes beyond the horizon of collection management, then we would like to assist you in developing a European project under this Call for Proposals. There is still room for digital heritage and culture in Horizon 2020.

The deadline for proposals is 13 March 2018. So there is still time to start, but some urgency is required. If you have already started preparing an application, you can always contact us for a proposal concept analysis, a trial evaluation, or additional advice.


Governance for the Future

The DT-GOVERNANCE-13-2019 program is part of the Governance for the Future program: Digitization, Digital Single Market and European culture: new challenges for creativity, intellectual property rights and copyright. This is a very important issue because the greater availability of cultural heritage and the associated cultural value through digitization is often at odds with the obstacles raised by the right to intellectual property (IPR). It is a confusing and inaccessible area that differs from one Member State to another. Although IPR is necessary for stimulating cultural activities on the basis of a certain economic sustainability, it can at the same time be an obstacle to cultural innovation, when it is only used to extract the greatest financial gain. It is important that the European Commission has put this problem clearly on the map. It reinforces the position of culture in Horizon 2020. Although we are not a legal firm, we have experience with this intricate subject matter.

The deadline for proposals is 14 March 2019. So there is still enough time to thoroughly prepare a proposal and create a consortium.You can always contact us for a proposal concept analysis, a trial evaluation, or additional advice.

Link to the Horizon 2020 program: Horizon 2020 programma of the Europese Commissie

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