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Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe is the European funding programme for research and innovation. It promotes European collaborations in the fields of natural sciences, technology and social sciences and humanities, thereby also enabling the cultural and creative sectors to be involved.
The aim of this cross-border cooperation is to connect research institutions as well as public, private and civil society organisations in order to design innovative solutions in response to European challenges and to support the sustainable economic and social development of the EU.
In light of the fact that culture is increasingly accorded a fundamental role in tackling societal problems, this programme will fund cultural projects in and topics related to research and innovation as of 2021.


Here you can find the contact points for Horizon Europe in Germany and Austria. Use the filter to find your local contact!


The Horizon Europe programme funds projects that seek to find innovative solutions to existing problems as well as to test their application. In doing so, the programme not only funds universities and research institutions, but also innovative project ideas from institutions in the cultural and creative sectors. Horizon Europe consequently supports European research and innovation projects related to culture within the framework of the 'Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society' cluster.

In this context, the funding area of 'Research and Innovation related to Cultural Heritage and Cultural and Creative Industries' is of particular relevance to the cultural and creative sector. European collaborative projects that develop and implement so-called Research and Innovation Activities (RIAs) on a specific topic are thereby supported. Consortia of partners from at least three countries join forces and collaborate over a period of several years to develop new know-how, skills and solutions for a particular thematic area or problem. These research collaborations should at the same time also examine the extent to which these newly developed measures and procedures are realisable and feasible and should consequently also involve actors from the field. Looking at the cultural and creative sector, these collaborative projects should contribute to the following objectives, among others:

  • Protecting and preserving European cultural heritage
  • Enhancing access to cultural heritage (also through digital means) and thereby increasing engagement with and appreciation of cultural heritage
  • Strengthening cultural diversity and social cohesion
  • Fostering the competitiveness and resilience of the European cultural and creative sectors
  • Promoting innovation in the cultural and creative sectors
  • Promoting sustainable growth and job creation in the cultural and creative sectors

Eine grundlegende Besonderheit bei Horizont Europa ist, dass die Förderung (zumindest im Kontext von Kultur) anhand sehr spezifischer Ausschreibungen und inhaltlichen Vorgaben erfolgt. Jedes Jahr werden somit spezielle Prioritäten festgelegt. Im Bereich ‚Kulturerbe und Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft‘ sind bereits folgende Themen für die kommenden zwei Jahre bekannt. Pro Thema gibt es jeweils eine Ausschreibung, in der bis zu 3-5 europäische Verbundprojekte gefördert werden.

Thematic focuses 2022

  • Safeguarding endangered languages in Europe
  • Europe’s cultural heritage and arts - promoting our values at home and abroad
  • The role of perception, traditions, values and beliefs in shaping European societies and politics in the 21st century
  • Traditional crafts for the future: a new approach
  • Towards a competitive, fair and sustainable European music ecosystem
  • Increase the potential of the international conpetitiveness of the European filmmaking industry
  • Protection of artefacts and cultural goods assets from anthropogenic threats
  • Effects of climate change and natural hazards on cultural heritage and remediation
  • Games and culture shaping our society
  • European Bauhaus

Ideas from the cultural sector that have received funding from Horizon Europe in the last programme period include the following:

  • The design and development of digital applications and platforms to allow inclusive access to arts and cultural institutions and to establish new formats of delivery (e.g. through sign language avatars and context-aware audio guides)
  • Capturing movement sequences and body language in order to create a movement database that preserves dance as a cultural heritage and facilitates new forms of choreographic work
  • The development of digital resources to provide better and broader access to historical film material to enable further exploration of cities in the course of time
  • 3D modelling of architectural monuments to be able to trace their architecture and history over the centuries and thus draw conclusions about European history, development and identity
  • Exploring sustainable and inclusive development opportunities for the cultural and creative sectors, including new business models and training opportunities

Horizon Europe welcomes the participation of a wide range of organisations and institutions, both public and private. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Universities, colleges and other research institutions
  • Public institutions
  • Companies
  • Civil society organisations and foundations

Participating organisations must be headquartered or conduct their business in one of the eligible countries. The overview of these countries inside and outside the EU is constantly updated and can be found here.

Funded projects

Funded projects

Here you can find cultural projects funded by different EU programmes.

Open calls

Currently there are no open calls for proposal.

As soon as there will be new calls relevant for culture you will find them here.

Further information