Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe (HERA JRP PS)

The Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) Network has launched a new Joint Research Programme under the theme “Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe” (HERA JRP PS). Humanities’ perspectives are crucial to understanding the issues and formulating successful policies in this area, on that basis we wish to invite transnational consortia to submit proposals for humanities-led research. Proposed research may draw upon insights and methodologies from a wide spectrum of arts and humanities disciplines. Although humanities-driven, consortia are able to involve contributions from other research domains where appropriate.

The HERA JRP PS wants to mobilize the wide range of multi-disciplinary perspectives necessary to understanding the relationships between “public space”, culture and other phenomena, such as European integration. The research is expected to give new insights that promote the full potential of citizens’ engagement with European public and cultural spaces; to stimulate public, political and scholarly debate about the future prospects of European integration, and to study new modes of interactive and reciprocal engagement between academics and various types of stakeholders including those working in the media, creative industries, and heritage sectors, as they have proved to be the true vehicles of European integration. The challenge for research is to identify how the relations between culture and integration within the context of public space(s) have been modelled and how they can be better understood in order to contribute to a better world.

The beneficiaries of this Call are eligible researchers located in the HERA JRP PS countries: Austria, Belgium (Wallonia), Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom, irrespective of their nationality.

The HERA JRP PS is co-funded by humanities funding agencies in 24 participating countries and the European Commission, with the total budget amounting up to 20 M€. The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) will act as the Handling Agency managing the call and selection process on behalf of the HERA funding partners. Proposals will be selected in a two-step process involving an independent international Review Panel.

Collaborative Research Projects (CRP) proposals can be submitted by balanced consortia involving four or more Principal Investigators eligible to HERA JRP PS funders from four or more different countries. Applicants are strongly encouraged to take equality and diversity dimension issues into consideration. Each CRP proposal can apply for research funding up to a maximum amount of 1 M€ (across all partners), should be between 24 and 36 months in duration and should commence by May 2019. All research teams will be urged to include non-academic stakeholders as associate partners in their consortiums. Applicants will be required to include an impact section in their proposal, specifying how their research results will be valorised and communicated to a wider public.

On the 7 September 2017 the AHRC held a webinar for potential applicsants to discuss the application process and eligibility requirements. You can download the event recording here.

Details of the updated powerpoint presentation from the webinar can be downloaded here. (pptx file, 3.4MB)