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EU to increase funding for cultural heritage research and innovation

Brussels, 19 June 2015. In 2016-17, over €100 million for research and innovation in the field of cultural heritage will be available under Horizon 2020, the EU's research funding programme. This increase in funding recognises cultural heritage as an investment opportunity where research and innovation can make a difference. This is one of the main conclusions of the report 'Getting cultural heritage to work for Europe’.

Horizon 2020 will support the development of multinational, transdisciplinary demonstration projects that explore and showcase the potential of cultural heritage for urban and rural regeneration in Europe. They will involve a large array of stakeholders, including local and regional authorities, businesses, civil society as well as cultural heritage professionals and researchers, and serve as large-scale 'heritage labs' that can pave the way for new markets and jobs. In addition, the Commission will explore inducement prizes in cultural heritage to reward innovative ideas and solutions for new use and reuse of cultural heritage.

For more information please visit ec.europa.eu.