Call for collaborative research to address urgent challenges regarding climate and cultural heritage

Researchers are invited to submit proposals addressing the interface of cultural heritage and climate change. The deadline for submissions for this “Collaborative Research Action (CRA)” entitled “Climate & Cultural Heritage (CCH): Collaborative research to address urgent challenges” is 8 September 2023. Tuesday 16 May, an information webinar and matchmaking platform will offer prospective participants an opportunity to learn more about the call and to meet other researchers to form consortia.

This is a joint call of the Joint Programming Initiatives on Cultural Heritage and Global Change (JPICH) and Connecting Climate Knowledge for Europe (JPI Climate), and the Belmont Forum.

This CRA focuses on the impact of climate change on cultural heritage, and on opportunities for climate adaptation and mitigation and sustainable development through knowledge of cultural heritage. Can we learn from the past to handle interdisciplinary challenges of the climate emergency? The call aims to support transdisciplinary and convergent research approaches on cultural heritage and climate change, to foster collaboration among the research community across several regions, and to contribute to knowledge advances and policy change at the global level.

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Sculptures on Easter Island with meadows in the background
Image: ©Joint Programming Initiatives
Easter Island

Call themes:

Applicants are invited to submit research proposals that should address at least one of the three call themes

  • The Impact of Climate Change on Cultural Heritage;
  • Cultural Heritage as a Resource for Climate Mitigation and Adaptation;
  • Sustainable Solutions for Heritage.

Information webinar and Matchmaking Platform on 16 May

Prospective applicants can join the Information Event on 16 May 2023, 12.00-13.00 CEST (Dutch time), to ask questions about this specific call. The same day, the Matchmaking Platform will go live, on which researchers can meet each other and build consortia. Please sign up for the Information event and the Matchmaking Platform via this Google form.

Please visit Belmont Forum or the website of Dutch Research Council (NWO) for more information about the requirements for research consortia, participating countries, and the expected timeline. Or contact them via:

Funds and participating countries

The Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science provides € 750.000,- for this call through the NWO. Dutch researchers in social sciences or humanities can request a budget with a maximum of € 250.000 euro. Project duration can be up to 3 years (36 months) and starting in the first half of 2024. Proposals must be submitted by a consortium with a minimum of three principal investigators from at least three different countries, and involve at least one Societal Partner. 

Other countries participating in this call are: Austria, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Funding Organisations from the following countries and regions may also provide funding for this call: Belgium, Brazil, Ireland, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, and Turkey.


The focus on cultural heritage and climate change results from a White Paper jointly developed and published in March 2022 by the two JPIs, and from joint workshops held in June and September 2022 aimed at identifying and incorporating research priorities from Africa, the Americas and Asia.

The Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE, on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science) and the NWO represent the Netherlands within JPICH, contributing to the organization, strategy and working methods of the JPICH.

JPIs were established to pool national research efforts and foster the implementation of the European Research Area to address grand societal challenges. JPIs are flexible intergovernmental partnerships with the aim of better aligning the research and innovation investments spent at the national level. They involve countries that voluntarily agree to work in partnership towards common visions encapsulated in Strategic Research and Innovation Agendas and implemented through joint activities.

The Belmont Forum is a group of funding agencies from around the world that support transdisciplinary, globally-representative research groups and coproduction/participatory methods to address various global environmental change topics.