This year marks the fourth call for proposals within the Europeana Research Grants Programme, and represents the first research grants call intended to support events. The aim with the 2019 grants is to bring together cultural heritage professionals and researchers interested in digital cultural heritage. There is €25,000 available to support these events.
Applicants are invited to submit proposals that address challenges and opportunities related to the reuse of cultural heritage data in research, or provide training to build up the digital capabilities of cultural heritage professionals involved in research projects. The Europeana Research Events Grants are made possible by the European Commission's Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Programme.
The proposals must be relevant by reference to the current debate on Open Science at the European level and the general framework defined by the EU’s strategies and programmes related to research and cultural heritage.
The grants are intended for planning and organising:
- Series of seminars
- Summer schools
- Training activities
Digital Cultural Heritage for Open Science
Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
- Data Linked Open (Usable)
- Data Standardisation and Interoperability
- Copyright (Exceptions for Research and best practices)
Proposals can address the field of Cultural Heritage in general or focus on one of its specific domains (such as Galleries, Libraries, Archives, or Museums). They can also focus on challenges and opportunities for specific academic disciplines that use digital cultural heritage as a source for Research, (for instance all the disciplines within the Humanities, such as Archaeology, History, Linguistics, History of Art and Architecture, etc.).
The Research Grants Programme is intended for cultural heritage and/or research institutions. With duly justified exceptions, they must be based in one of the European Union member states. In case the proposal foresees the participation of more institutions, the institution in charge of the event must be based in one of the EU Member States.
This is a condition of the funding from the European Commission within the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme (cfr Regulation (EU) No 1316/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 establishing the Connecting Europe Facility, Chapter III, Article 8: ‘Only expenditure incurred in Member States may be eligible, except where the project of common interest involves the territory of one or more third countries and where the action is indispensable to the achievement of the objectives of the project concerned’).