Designing a new Research & Innovation Agenda for CH

ARCHE – Alliance for Research on Cultural Heritage in Europe

Project runtime: 01.09.2022 – 30.08.2025
Call: Horizon-CL2-2021-HERITAGE-02
Type of action: HORIZON-CSA (Coordination & Support Action)
Project Number: 101060054
Consortium: Fondation des sciences du patrimoine (LEAD) plus 23 partners

Project Overview

ARCHE 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.

A detailed assessment of Research and Innovation (R&I) 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. A new purpose-built governance structure will be proposed that will effectively involve existing networks and new partners from relevant scientific disciplines and industries.

Project Aims

The objective is to engage all cultural heritage actors in Member States / Associated Countries in the co-design of research and innovation strategies and roadmaps that lead to research and innovation initiatives requiring multidisciplinary approaches and skills. ARCHE will be a strong basis for a European Partnership in Cultural Heritage by pooling, developing and upscaling transnational collaboration on Cultural Heritage Research and Innovation and by involving all stakeholders and funding mechanisms related to Cultural Heritage Research and Innovation policy and action.

The work is divided into 6 Work Packages (WP), enabling the large project consortium to optimise workflows and streamline activities.

WP1 – Mapping and Assessment

The overall aim of WP1 is to determine R&I domains with European added value for future action. Also, to draw lessons on the implementation of ERA-Net co-funding schemes and other transnational partnership schemes.

WP2 – Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda

The main objective of WP2 is to develop, together with relevant stakeholders, the cross-disciplinary strategic Cultural Heritage Research & Innovation (CH R&I) agenda with a long-term perspective, leading to the publication of the ARCHE SRIA.

WP3 – Governance Structure

The overall aim of WP3 is to design the governance structure that is fully adapted to the vision, mission and specific objectives of ARCHE. The specific objective is to develop (a) the governance structure that responds to specific requirements of the ARCHE SRIA, based on lessons from the current Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage and Global Change (JPI CH) and similar best practice endeavours; and (b) a detailed management and staffing plan, preparing for the launch of the ARCHE Alliance.

WP4 – Building the Alliance

The aim of WP4 is to build the ARCHE Alliance, based on the SRIA and governance structure developed in WPs 2 and 3, respectively. The specific objectives are to (a) develop a sustainability analysis and quality criteria for the implementation of the SRIA; (b) reach a critical mass of committed partners from the majority of Member States / Associated Countries; (d) develop a detailed plan guiding the operations of the Alliance in the post-CSA period.

WP5 – Dissemination and promotion

The dissemination and promotion activities are key contributors to the success of the CSA. The specific objectives of WP5 are to: (a) inform and inspire a large variety of stakeholders on ARCHE objectives and benefits; (b) secure commitments for engagement and participation by the Cultural Heritage and the Cultural and Creative Sector (CCS) R&I communities; (c) harmonise EU and national research agendas; (d) secure commitments of funding at EU and national level.

WP6 – Project management

The overall aim of WP6 is to develop and implement the management structure to handle the coordination, administrative, legal and financial aspects of the CSA.

More information and a detailed list of tasks per Work Package can be found on the project website:

TMO is mainly involved in WP5, supporting the dissemination and communication activities, as well as the upcoming (due early 2024) stakeholder forum. We’ll keep you posted on any news concerning ARCHE, such as: