Horizon 2020 is the EU’s Framework programme for research and innovation – the largest ever of its kind. The funding stretches over 7 years from 2014 to 2020 and total funds available come to approximately €80 billion. The intention of the programme is to invest in ideas and projects that give Europe the competitive edge globally.
Its next available funding invests in innovative action and €100 million is available. The funding will be granted to projects engaged in preventive conservation strategies to protect cultural heritage artefacts. Various international requirements for preventive conservation can restrict the capacity for small to medium sized museums to take care of and manage cultural heritage items and this funding aims to address that deficit, by ways of improving technology and the availability and access to expertise.
For more information, see Innovative and affordable solutions for the preventive conservation of cultural heritage. Calls were first published in November last year and the first deadline for applications is coming up next Tuesday 23rd January 2018.
"Culture includes not only culture and arts, but also the way of life and system of values. In this sense culture becomes the major power for intellectual renewal and human perfection." (European Council Report on European Cultural Policy)