HERA JRPIII ‘Uses of the Past’: Briefing Notes Available!

Third Joint Research Programme (2016 - 2019) 

Following on from a successful briefing session (5th February 2015), please find the following briefing notes are available for download below:

The ‘Experiences of preparing successful transnational collaborative proposals’ video may also offer useful advice:  

HERA JRPIII ‘Uses of the Past’ Funding Call is now open! 

*All call documents are available at http://heranet.info/hera-jrp-documents-1*  

Deadline for submission of Outline Proposals: 
Thursday 9 April 2015, 19:00 Central European Time/18:00 Greenwich Mean Time via the online submission system. 

The HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) Network is pleased to announce a new HERA Joint Research Programme (HERA JRP) on “Uses of the Past”. With up to €20 million available, the research programme will fund new and exciting humanities-centred projects involving researchers from four or more countries.  

Summary of the funding opportunity

Funding is available for research projects addressing the theme of “Uses of the Past” that involve at least four researchers from four different eligible countries. The application process will be in two stages.  

The draft timetable for applications is:

- Outline Proposals to be submitted 9 April 2015, 19:00 Central European Time/18:00 Greenwich Mean Time. 

- Shortlisted applicants to submit Full Proposals in October 2015.

Which Countries Are Involved?

The following countries have committed to the HERA JRP on Uses of the Past:

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom. 

(Owing to unforeseen national legal constraints, Spain will unfortunately after all not be participating as a partner in HERA JRP “Uses of the Past”. Therefore, contrary to previous indications, researchers in Spanish institutions will not be eligible to apply to the HERA Call for Proposals as Project Leaders, Principal Investigators or Project Members.)  

Funding is provided from HERA partners and The European Union is providing top-up funding via a COFUND grant to the HERA JRP UP initiative. 


HERA – Humanities in the European Research Area - is a partnership between 21 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.

The humanities are crucial to the understanding and conceptualising of fundamental changes in contemporary European society. Linking national programmes and launching joint research programmes dealing with all-encompassing social, cultural, political and ethical developments will generate new knowledge and enable policy-makers, scientists and the general public to interpret the challenges of a changing world. 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.

Please visit the HERA website www.heranet.info and follow us on twitter @HERA_research  

Role of the Irish Research Council  

The Irish Research Council is currently the handling agency for HERA JRP 2: Cultural Encounters (2013-2016) and HERA JRP 3 ‘Uses of the Past’ (2016-2019).