Opportunities for culture in Horizon 2020 work program 2018-2020

European Commission emphasizes value of heritage and culture in Horizon 2020

Although most relevant calls for proposals are closed the Horizon 2020 work program 2018-2020 still offers a few interesting opportunities for projects focusing on culture, cultural heritage, and the creative industries.

1. Socioeconomic and Cultural Transformations

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

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 a Research and Innovation Action 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.


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A lot of paperwork…

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 still enough time to prepare a proposal and form a consortium. We are happy to assist you.


2. 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 central issue, because greater availability of cultural heritage and the associated cultural value through digitization is often at odds with the obstacles raised by intellectual property rights (IPR). It is a confusing and inaccessible area that differs from one EU member state to another.

Although IPR is necessary for stimulating cultural activities on the basis of a reliable 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 this problem was clearly put on the map by the European Commission. This decision reinforces the position of culture in Horizon 2020. Although we are not a legal firm, we have experience with this intricate subject matter. And some great experts in our network.

The deadline for proposals is 14 March 2019.

There is still sufficient time to thoroughly prepare a proposal and form a consortium. You may want to 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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