Since its establishment, the Gerda Henkel Foundation has supported international cooperation projects and has promoted cross-border research in the historical humanities. The »Patrimonies« funding initiative considers projects that focus on the preservation of historical cultural heritage first and foremost in crisis regions and, in some cases, should for the first time enable scientific research in the fields of history, archaeology, and art history.
In this context, the Foundation supports measures that make a contribution to preserving cultural heritage, augmenting scientific infrastructure, educating young scientists and establishing networks in science, politics and society in the regions in question. The programme is not officially announced, but is being developed step by step in collaboration with selected partners. As an operationally geared programme, by supporting smaller projects »Patrimonies« offers an opportunity, on the one hand, for fast and flexible responses to emergencies and acute threat to cultural heritage and, on the other, for larger projects to be developed with appropriate lead times.
The funding provided should be brought to bear primarily in the regions in question. In all projects receiving funding, partners from the countries in question must either be the applicants or closely involved in the research work as cooperation partners. This aims to ensure that all projects take into account local circumstances and concentrate on the specific requirements of the region. The Foundation can make a contribution to strengthening regional scientific structures especially by offering training and further education for academics and specialists.