Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA)




HERA – Humanities in the European Research Area – is a partnership between 24 Humanities Research Councils across Europe and the European Science Foundation (ESF), with the objective of firmly establishing the humanities in the European Research Area and in the European Commission Framework Programmes. HERA aims to set new and innovative research agendas and thus enhance the humanities’ contribution to the European Research Area as well as to the ongoing debates on issues of particular relevance to European society.

The Irish Research Council is currently the handling agency for HERA JRP 3 ‘Uses of the Past’ (2016-2019).

Fourth Joint Research Programme

HERA is planning to implement a new Joint Research Programme under the theme ‘Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe’. The aim of the programme will be to deepen the theoretical and empirical cultural understanding of public spaces in a European context.

The expected publication date for the call for proposals is 24 August 2017, with a deadline for submission of outline proposals on 24 October 2017.

Further information on the call can be found on the HERA website

Third Joint Research Programme (2016 – 2019)

The HERA network, along with the European Commission, is investing €21 million in 18 European research teams as part of its third Joint Research Programme ‘Uses of the Past’. The ‘Uses of the Past’ projects involve 18 project leaders; 62 principal investigators; 106 postdoctoral fellows; 30 PhD students and 76 associated partners. The 18 funded projects deal with a variety of subjects ranging from the Carolingian world, identity and citizenship, HIV/AIDS, to economics, arts, religion and languages.

The following countries have committed to ‘Uses of the Past’: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

Second Joint Research Programme (2013 – 2016)

In 2013, HERA provided €18.9 million and funded 18 international project consortiums across Europe, bringing together networks of researchers into 150 research centres, under the theme of ‘Cultural Encounters’.

The Irish Research Council acted as the handling agency for the programme’s management.

First Joint Research Programme (2009 – 2013)

In 2009, HERA launched its first Joint Research Programme, investing €16.5 million in 19 transnational projects under two themes ‘Cultural Dynamics: Inheritance and Identity’ and ‘Humanities as a Source of Creativity and Innovation’.

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