Alliance for Research on Cultural Heritage in Europe

Acronym: ARCHE


The Cultural Heritage Research and Innovation landscape has changed. New political, technological and socio-economic parameters put emphasis on improving protection, conservation and restoration efficiency of European cultural heritage with green technologies, as well as developing high quality digitisation.

Responding to the challenges, this project will develop a pan European framework for a holistic approach to cultural heritage research and innovation, by creating the Alliance for Research on Cultural Heritage in Europe (ARCHE), a spearheading coordination network of researchers, innovators, heritage professionals, institutional bodies and citizens.

The objective is to engage all cultural heritage actors in the Member States and Associated Countries in the co-design of research and innovation strategies. A detailed assessment of research and innovation gaps and needs for the next decade will be the basis for designing a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) for joint programming aiming to increase awareness of heritage and European sense of belonging.

Project information

  • Funded by: European Union
  • Call: HORIZON-CL2-2021-HERITAGE-02
  • Grant Agreement n. 101060054
  • Start date: 1 September 2022
  • End date: 31 August 2025
  • ISPC Scientific coordinator: Vania Virgili
  • Project Leader: FSP-Fondation des Sciences du Patrimoine
  • Partners: Ministero dell’università e della ricerca (IT); Ministerie van onderwijs, cultuur en Wetenschap (NL); Agencia Estatal de Investigación (ES); Norges Forskningsrad (NO); Geniji Grammatia Erevnas kai Kainotomias (EL); Riksantikvarieambetet (SE); Agence Nationale de la Recherche (FR); Ministero della Cultura (IT); Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (ES); Nederlandese Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NL); Univerzita Mateja bela v Banskej Bystrici (SK); Stiftung Preussischer Kukturbesitz (DE); Vlaamse Overheid – Agentschap Onroerend  Erfgoed (BE); Ustav Teoreticke a Aplikovane Mechaniky AVCR (CZ); Fundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia (PT); Th Cyprus Institute (CY); Univerza v Ljubljani (SI); Time Machine Organisation (AT); Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (FR); Uniwersytet Jagiellonski (PL); Kea European Affairs (BE); ICCROM (IT); Javni Zavod Republike Slovenije za Varstvo Kulturne Dediscine (SI).
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ARCHE | Alliance for Research on Cultural Heritage in Europe is a project funded by the European Union’s HORIZON-CL2-2021-HERITAGE-02 under Grant Agreement N. 101060054


For more information on the research topic, visit the ITA-FRA bilateral cooperation webpage.

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