The Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage and Global Change (JPI CH) is a European research network active in the field of tangible, intangible and digital heritage. The network comprises 18 participating countries, which jointly plan and fund research, and share the results and relevant information in an action programme.
European research network
Since 2010, the JPI CH participants have been mutually coordinating their research programmes. In the period since then, various research projects have been funded. See the website Heritage Research Hub for an overview of these projects.
In 2023, the call Climate Change and Cultural Heritage (CCH 2023) was opened.
Collaboration between countries and researchers
The participating countries have jointly issued a vision paper and a strategic research agenda, and are sharing the research results in a joint action programme. This is one way that Europe is tackling common challenges and making effective use of public funds.
Besides the initiative for cultural heritage, there are nine other JPI networks in various fields such as food, healthcare and climate. The European Commission has supported these research networks in the start-up phase. Since 2021, the network finances itself.
What role does the RCE play?
The Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE) is participating in the JPI CH on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) is also taking part in this European initiative, and together these two bodies are contributing to the organization, strategy and working methods of the JPI CH. In this respect they are being advised by the National Consultation Panel Heritage Research.