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The Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage and Global Change (JPI CH) was created in 2010 based on an instrument launched by the European Commission. It is a Member-State-driven initiative bringing together national research funding organisations, ministries, and research councils from Europe to address societal challenges in the European Research Area (ERA) frame.

Comprised of 15 members and 5 observers to date, the JPI CH is now coordinated by the French Ministry of Culture (MC) since 2018, with the support of the Fondation des Sciences du Patrimoine (FSP), the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESR) and its funding Agency, the National Research Agency (ANR). Greece via the General Secretariat for Research and Innovation (GSRI) participates in the JPI CH as an observer.

The JPI CH implements various activities. It publishes strategic research agendas, organises joint calls for research and innovations projects, scientific and policy conferences, workshops, dissemination activities, coordinates policy alignment between JPI CH partners, or establishes relationships with other regional, European and international networks, programmes and initiatives.

The Heritage Research Hub is a platform on and for the cultural heritage research community. Created and managed by the JPI CH, it aims to: