The Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage and Global Change (JPICH) is a European research network active in the field of tangible, intangible and digital heritage. The network comprises 18 participating countries and seven observers. The participating countries jointly plan and fund research, and share the results and relevant information in an action programme.

A European research network

Since 2010 the JPICH participants have been mutually coordinating their research programmes. In the period since then, 39 research projects have been funded, of which 26 have been successfully completed at the moment of writing (May 2019). In 2019-2020 two new funding rounds for heritage research are planned in the fields of Conservation, Protection & Use and Identity & Perception.

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 supports these research networks in the start-up phase and may participate in the funding.

What role does the RCE play?

The Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE) is participating in the JPICH 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 JPICH. In this respect they are being advised by the National Heritage Consultation Panel.