Pre-call announcement - 4th HERA Joint Research Programme

Date: 12/07/2017

 

The Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) Network are pleased to announce the implementation of a new Joint Research Programme “Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe” (HERA JRP PS).

The aim of the HERA JRP “Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe” will be to deepen the theoretical and empirical cultural understanding of public spaces in a European context. The programme has been designed to facilitate a broad range of cultural approaches to conceptualising public space, its structural and processual formations, and its possible outcomes in terms of, for example, integration, exclusion, disintegration, fragmentation, hybridization, amalgamation or transmission.

Scope of the transnational call

Collaborative research projects under this topic should explore the dynamics through which public spaces shape, and are shaped, by cultural activity, and how various forms of dis/integration can be understood in relation to such spaces. This will involve investigating a variety of perspectives, for example:

  • the concepts of and approaches to public space(s)
  • historical patterns and forms of public space, and the relevance of such patterns
  • the formation of public space(s) through institutional and non-institutional activities
  • the roles played by culture, art and creativity in shaping public spaces
  • the impact of migration on culture and the creation and use of public spaces
  • the role of public spaces in both enabling or challenging models of integration.

Further Information

The HERA JRP PS Call for Proposals is being prepared by humanities-funding agencies in 24 participating countries and the European Commission. The total budget of the HERA JRP will amount up to €20m. This programme is subject to the signature of the Grant Agreement with the European Commission for co-funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

The expected publication date of the Call for Proposals for humanities-led proposals to this HERA Joint Research Programme is 24 August 2017, with the deadline for submitting Outline Proposals on 24 October 2017. Please note that these dates may still be subject to changes. The publication of the call will be announced primarily via HERA website and https://twitter.com/HERA_Research. Further information can be found on the HERA website.

What should I do now?

  1. Develop a research idea.
  2. Work with your colleagues in the research community to build a project consortium involving researchers in at least four different participating countries.
  3. Go to the partner search facility https://ncn.gov.pl/partners/hera/ and announce that you are looking to partner with others on the research topic of your interest (but within the scope of HERA JRP PS Call Topics 
  4. Decide whether you would like to be project coordinator or participant in a project.
  5. Review the Outline Proposal application form (published January 2017), and start drafting your Outline Proposal with your consortium.
  6. Have a look at projects that have been successful in previous HERA JRP calls
  7. Start working on the content part of your outline proposal containing a short description of the CRP (max. 2000 words) that outlines
    • What research question(s) does the CRP seek to answer?
    • In what way is the project original and/or innovative?
    • What are the objectives of the CRP?
    • By what methods will the research question(s) be tackled?
    • How are the skills of the partners complementary?
    • What is the added value in tackling your research question(s) from a European trans-national perspective?
    • How will partners work together? What management and coordination structures are proposed?
    • What is the significance of the research question(s)? How will these contribute to the “Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe” theme?
    • What is the potential impact of the proposed research to both academic disciplines, and relevant stakeholders and user communities?
    • How will the CRP engage in knowledge exchange or active dissemination engaging user communities and audiences outside academia?
  8. Be alert to the official announcement (expected August 24) and get ready to submit your application online.
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