Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) is a network of 26 national funding agencies committed to leading and developing funding opportunities for humanities researchers in Europe, and sharing excellence in research management practices and outcomes.
Together with the European Commission, Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) has invested in 75 joint research projects, nearly all of which involve UK researchers.
Spanning topics from Bronze Age craft production to jazz culture, Arctic tourism to transnational radio encounters, projects funded by HERA reflect the breadth and depth of humanities research across Europe. By moving beyond national boundaries, these grants highlight the tremendous benefits that can accrue from HERA’s transnational research model.
Find out more on HERA’s website.
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has been a key partner in all the HERA funding opportunities, and UK researchers have been extremely successful in leading projects and accessing funds. UK-based researchers represent the single largest cohort of investigators within HERA. Of the 75 Collaborative Research Projects funded to date, 39 (52%) are led by a UK researcher and 46 (61%) include a UK research team.
Read about the most recent HERA funding opportunity Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe on their website.
Collaboration of Humanities and Social Sciences in Europe (CHANSE) is a joint initiative of 27 research funding organisations from 24 countries. The CHANSE Programme builds on the experience of two existing networks, HERA and New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Cooperation in Europe (NORFACE), which support research in humanities and social sciences respectively. In 2021, a transnational call for collaborative projects focused on the topic of Transformations: social and cultural dynamics in the digital age. The objective of this call is to help understand how digital innovations give rise to social and cultural changes, and are also influenced by society and culture. AHRC and ESRC are participating as the UK funders. Successful projects will be awarded in 2022.