Transnational research call of JPI Cultural Heritage on ‘Heritage, Society and Ethics’


As part of the Joint Programming Initiative Cultural Heritage and Global Change (JPI CH), BELSPO is participating in a new transnational research call on ‘Heritage, Society and Ethics’ alongside funding agencies from Czech Republic, France, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Romania (Participation of UEFISCDI is under approval), Spain, and the United Kingdom.
JPI CH CHSE funded projects should explore the relationship between these three notions from a Social Sciences and Humanities perspective, thus being able to address current conceptual frameworks and facilitating the emergence of new ones. They should create conditions for new ways of engagement and dialogue between disciplines and stakeholders; study what the impact of these new ways in varied cultural contexts. Applicants are encouraged to adopt multi- and trans-disciplinary methodologies and approaches. Research proposals must address at least one, and if possible both, of the two following themes:

THEME 1: Cultural Heritage and economic development.
This theme explores the tensions between how cultural heritage can contribute to the development of sustainable experience-based economies without being put at risk and, concomitantly, how the non-utilitarian value of cultural heritage can be promoted in the context of its growing commercialisation.

THEME 2: Cultural Heritage and sustainable strategies.
This theme explores the relationship between cultural heritage, democratic values and politics in a historical perspective, with a particular emphasis on the proliferation of conflicting narratives resulting from the use and misuse of cultural heritage, and the contribution of cultural heritage to sustainable and ethical behaviours and policies.


Eligible participants

The projects will be performed by a consortium involving at least three scientific partners from three different countries participating in the call and at least one Associate Partner (policymakers, NGOs, communities, etc.).
Belgium will support the participation of FSI as defined for Pillar 2 in the BRAIN-be 2.0 programme (including WHI, INCC-NICC and Sciensano) as financed partners.
Other Belgian participants may be part of the consortium, provided they secure funding elsewhere, or contribute in-kind.


The total budget available for this call from BELSPO is of 250 000€.


  • 08/03/2022 > 23/05/2022: Pre-proposal submission
  • 07/06/2022 > 05/09/2022: Full proposal submission
  • 29/09/2022 > 07/11/2022: Evaluation & selection of proposals
  • Mid-Nov: Communication of selected proposals for funding
  • Dec 2022 > May 2023: Beginning of projects

Further information

All the information regarding the call is available on the website of the JPI Cultural Heritage:
Cultural Heritage, Society and Ethics Joint Call (2022) | Heritage Research Hub (

An online Information Session was held on 08/03/2021.
You may watch again the recorded Info Session here