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Climate & Cultural Heritage (CCH): Collaborative Research to Address Urgent Challenges

The Joint Programming Initiatives Cultural Heritage and Global Change (JPI CH) and Connecting Climate Knowledge for Europe (JPI Climate) and the Belmont Forum are pleased to announce the launch of their joint call, or “Collaborative Research Action (CRA)” entitled “Climate & Cultural Heritage (CCH): Collaborative research to address urgent challenges.” This 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. Applicants are invited to submit research proposals that should address at least one of the three call themes (please consult the call text for further details): The Impact of Climate Change on Cultural Heritage; Cultural Heritage as a Resource for Climate Mitigation and Adaptation; Sustainable Solutions for Heritage.


Budget and Participating Countries.

The available funding in this call is over 15M€ from Funding Organizations in: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, Thailand, Türkiye.

The Adaptation Research Alliance and Future Earth will also support this CRA through network and capacity building, which may include funding opportunities at the post-award stage (i.e. after the selected research proposals are awarded funding). For further information, please contact their representatives and/or the Thematic Program Office (see contact details at page 19).


Eligibility Requirements Overview

  • Proposals must address at least one of the three call themes, with cross-cutting linkages across all three themes encouraged.
  • Proposals must be submitted by a Consortium of minimum three Principal Investigators (PIs) from three different countries, which also involves at least one Societal Partner (SP).
  • LPIs and PIs must request funding from a Funding Organization, on behalf of their host institutions, and cannot participate in a self-funded or in-kind capacity. Please note that a researcher may be involved in a maximum of two proposals as PI (except for research applicants based in Lithuania who can only be involved in one proposal as PI or other primary project implementer) and cannot be involved in more than one proposal as LPI.
  • Additional consortium members may participate in a self-funded capacity if the minimum requirement of participants from three countries requesting funding from three Funding Organizations is met. They can join the Consortium as Associate Principal Investigators (API) or Societal Partners (SP), depending on their expected roles in the project.
  • Consortia must be transnational and transdisciplinary.
  • The projects must last up to 3 years (36 months) and start no later than 30 June 2024.


Application Process

Interested and eligible applicants are expected to submit the research proposal on Belmont Forum Grant Operations (BFgo) website. Please carefully review the call documents on the platform when preparing a proposal.


Info Event Replay and Matchmaking

The Thematic Program Office has presented the CRA and answered questions from prospective applicants upon an online Info Event held on Tuesday 16 May, 10:00 UTC.

An online Matchmaking Platform, which aims at supporting consortium building and fostering networking, particularly for Early Career Researchers, will also be available to all prospective applicants. If you would like to join the matchmaking platform, please sign up using this form.


Call launch End of April 2023
Info Event 16 May, 10:00-11:00 UTC
Deadline for submitting Full Proposals 8 September 2023, 20:00 UTC
Eligibility checks September
Evaluation by Panel of Experts October – November
Funding decision November
Funding decision communicated to applicants December
Projects start January – June 2024


  • Specific questions about eligibility should be directed to the Contact Points listed in the Call Text and in each of the Funding Organization’s Annex.
  • Any questions on the general eligibility can be directed to the Thematic Programme Office at Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo. and Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo..



The TPO has made a list of frequently asked questions and you can consult it here.



Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) were established to pool national research efforts and foster the implementation of the European Research Area (ERA) 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. Topics are addressed through CRAs and the Cultural Heritage and Climate CRA is among three research calls that will be launched in 2023.

The call 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.

Climate & Cultural Heritage (CCH): Collaborative Research to Address Urgent Challenges


In Archeofoss 2020, Emanuel Demetrescu and Bruno Fanini gave a talk on the Extended Matrix methodology, an open source software 3d tools to transform archaeological record into a virtual reconstruction (abstract in

In recent years, the interest of scientific community in virtual reconstructive hypotheses has grown. Demetrescu and Fanini presented the EMtools and EMviq, which can help us to go back in time and “visit” the places we came from, going back to the past like in a real time machine.

A central aspect in the development of scientifically correct virtual reconstructive hypotheses is the possibility to manage complex cross-references of data and publish, not only the visual result of the reconstruction, but also all the data used to obtain it and, in particular, the sources, reasoning and interpretations.

The proposed innovative tools are based on the Extended Matrix (EMtools - These tools allow transforming the stratigraphic archaeological record into formalized reconstructive hypotheses that tell us how a context must have appeared at a given time in the past. Then, using the 3D Extended Matrix Visual Inspector and Querier (EMviq - this information can be seen in a scientifically correct virtual reconstructive scenario.

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In Archeofoss 2020, Irene Carpanese presented A.R.C.A. (Archiviazione, Ricerca e Comunicazione del dato in Archeologia), an open-source software capable of publishing archaeological data on-line (abstract in

The goal of the software is to manage, in a simple way, archaeological data of different nature (textual to spatial or even 3D data), making them “scalable”: easily reusable independently of other projects and different institutions. The idea is to create a product that encourages the data holder/owner to make their information open and available.

The software was developed without a typical relational DB, in order to build a flexible and adaptive product able to communicate with different datasets and capable of interconnecting various data collected in multiple projects.

This project laid the cornerstone to develop A.R.C.A. itself. The software has big potential, but its growth depends on its use by the archaeological community, which can increase the quality and remove limits.

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In Archeofoss 2020, Sophie C. Schmidt and Florian Thiery presented a project on digitization and provision of Irish monoliths inscribed with Ogham script in Wikidata as Linked Open Data (LOD) (abstract in

The standard work on Ogham inscriptions is the volume of the Corpus Inscriptionum Insularum Celticarum, which describes two different types of words: formula words and nomenclature words. The combinations of these two types leads to inscriptions that feature kinship or tribal relations. This information occurs as a linked-graph-network.

The goal of the working group ‘Research Squirrel Engineers’ ( is to create a workflow for digitizing the analogue data and publish the stones as LOD, reproduction of analyses based on the analog CIIC catalog and enhance the database with Linked Open Data available online.

The aim is to discuss the pros and cons, as well as the challenges of the strategies. This includes the major challenge and possibility of citizen science vs. data sovereignty.

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