HERA - Humanities in the European Research Area

Target group

Researchers in the field of humanities.


The main objective of HERA is to promote research cooperation within humanities in Europe, e.g. by offering research grants. 


Last deadline was in April 2015 for the call on Uses of the Past. Next call will be announced here.

What is HERA?

HERA – Humanities in the European Research Area - is a partnership between 24 Humanities Research Councils across Europe and the European Commission, with the objective of firmly establishing the humanities in the European Research Area and in the European Commission Framework Programmes.

What are the objectives?

The objectives of HERA are to promote cooperation between research councils and funding agencies in Europe, offer joint reserach programmes within the humanities, define methods of evaluating the impact of the humanities in the European Research Area, and to act as one of the main advocated for humanities research in Europe.  

Who can apply?

Researchers in the field of humanities in a wide sense (including some links to the social sciences). There are calls for proposals within HERA every 2-3 years. In 2015 there will be a call for proposals for a joint research programme (JRP) called Uses of the Past. Researchers and research groups in the field of humanities, can apply. The HERA JRP requires cooperation of four countries at least. 

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, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

Further information

Hulda Proppé provides information on HERA

Information about HERA here.

Open call: Uses of the Past and relevant documentation here.

Online partner search facility.

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