HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) is a partnership between 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 funding  as well as coordinating transnational research projects in this area of knowledge.

So far the consortium has announced two calls for research projects conducted by teams composed of researchers from at least three countries participating in the call. The NCN joined the HERA consortium in 2011 r. and together with the network announced a call for proposals on Cultural Encounters.

Calls for proposals:

Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe in the area of humanities (closed)

 The HERA JRP PS wants to mobilize the wide range of multi-disciplinary perspectives necessary to understanding the relationships between “public space”, culture and other phenomena, such as e.g. European integration, migration, globalisation, digitisation.

Proposals involving humanities-led research can be submitted by balanced consortia involving four or more Principal Investigators eligible to HERA JRP PS funders from four or more different countries. All research teams will be urged to include non-academic stakeholders as associate partners in their consortiums, such as: museums, NGOs, media. Each proposal can apply for research funding up to a maximum amount of 1 M€ (across all partners), should be between 24 and 36 months in duration and should commence by May 2019.

Countries participating in the call:

Austria, Belgium (Wallonia), Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom

The draft timetable for applications is:

  • Outline Proposals to be submitted 24th October 2017, 14:00 Central European Summer Time
  • In February 2018 shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit Full Proposals until 9 May 2018
  • Call results: end of 2018
  • Project start: January-May 2019


Information for Polish applicants:

  1. On the full proposal stage Polish applicants must register their applications in the OSF submission system (UNISONO application). The application includes the following budget table: http://ncn.gov.pl/sites/default/files/pliki/UNISONO_budget_table.xlsx.
  2. We strongly encourage all applicants to read information on eligible costs included in the Annex to NCN Council’s Resolution on funding granted within calls for proposals for international research projects (UNISONO, s. 5-12).
  3. Projects including Polish teams may last 24 or 36 months.
  4. If one international project includes partners from two different Polish Host Institutions, these institutions must apply as a consortium.  Each Host Institution comprising the consortium has a separate budget, but the limit on the remuneration, referred to in paragraph 2.1.2 of the above mentioned document, applies to the consortium as a whole (please see UNISONO, p. 8-9). Please note that Polish consortia have higher limits on the remuneration.  
  5. Budget of the Polish part of the research project in the OSF system should be given in PLN: 1 EUR= 4,4232 PLN.

Polish projects awarded within the call:

  1. BESTROM: Beyond stereotypes: cultural exchanges and the romani contribution to european public spaces
  • Polish Principal Investigator: dr hab.  Anna Piotrowska, Jagiellonian University
  • Partners: prof. Maria Sierra, University Of Sevilla, Spain (Project Leader), prof. Eve Rosenhaft, University Of Liverpool, the UK, prof. Peter Stadius, University Of Helsinki, Finland
  1. HCPubS: Healthcare as a Public Space: Social Integration and Social Diversity in the Context of Access to Healthcare in Europe
  • Polish Principal Investigator: prof. dr hab. Paweł Łuków,  University of Warsaw
  • Partners: prof. dr Florian Steger, University of Ulm, Germany (Project Leader), prof. dr Zvonka Zupanič Slavec, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, prof. dr Amir Muzur, University of Rijeka, Croatia
  1. FestiVersities: European music festivals, public spaces and cultural diversity
  • Polish Principal Investigator: dr Karolina Golemo, Jagiellonian University
  • Partners: prof. Ian Woodward, Syddansk Universitet, Denmark (Project Leader), dr Pauwke Berkers, Erasmus University, Netherlands, dr Aileen Dillane University of Limerick, Ireland, dr Jo Haynes, University of Bristol, the UK.
  1. en/counter/points: en/counter/points: (re)negotiating belonging through culture and contact in public space and place
  • Polish Principal Investigator: dr Grażyna Szymanska-Matusiewicz,  University of Warsaw
  • Partners: Dr Susannah Eckersley, Newcastle University, the UK (Project Leader), dr Francesca Lanz, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, dr Claske Vos Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands, dr Achim Saupe Zentrum fuer Zeithistorische Forschung, Germany

Uses of the past (closed)

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.

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.

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.

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.

Before applying please read carefully the following documents:

For more information please see: http://heranet.info/hera-jrp-documents-1.

Polish applicants should also submit a short application via OSF system (UNISONO application).

Budget of the Polish part of the research project in the OSF system should be given in PLN. The Euro exchange rate should be calculated according to the NCN Council’s Resolutions no 7/2013 and 21/2014 (1 EUR= 4,2277 PLN). 

Polish projects funded within the call

Cultural Encounters (closed)

The concept of Cultural Encounters is highly pertinent to contemporary European life: the ongoing process of European identity making is, at its most fundamental level, the result of various forms of cultural transformation and synthesis. These processes have arisen from or are influenced by a myriad of actors, including translation of cultural expressions, intellectual exchange, ideological context, technological change, economic development, trade, war, occupation and reunification. The effects of cultural encounters impact all the way from everyday activities to the broader arenas of ideology and societal institutions.

The potential focus areas include:

  1. Cultural Encounters over time
  2. Social and political influences in relation to Cultural Encounters
  3. Practices of Translation, Interpretation, and Mediatisation, in relation to Cultural Encounters

Research team: composed of research teams from at least 3 countries participating in the call

Countries participating in the call:

Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, United Kingdom

Project duration: up to 3 years

NCN budget for the call: € 430 000

Time frame:

Outline proposals application deadline: 4th of May 2012

Full proposal application deadline: 11th of October 2012

Final results: May 2013                   

Call documents:

Guidelines for applicants (full proposal)    

National Eligibility Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

HERA JRP Glossary

Application Template

Budget template

For more information please click here: http://heranet.info/hera-joint-research-programme-2

Polish projects  awarded within the call


dr Malwina Gębalska, tel: +48 12 341 9159

Tomasz Kalita



This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 649307.