History

From Cultural Policy Research Award to ENCATC Research Award on Cultural Policy and Cultural Management

2014-... : ENCATC Research Award on Cultural Policy and Cultural Management

Launched in 2014, the ENCATC Award Research Award on Cultural Policy and Cultural Management Research is bestowed annually upon the best recent PhD Thesis on comparative cultural policies or management topics presented by a young researcher.

2003 - 2013 : Cultural Policy Research Award

The Cultural Policy Research Award was a joint initiative of the European Cultural Foundation in Amsterdam and the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond in Stockholm in partnership with ENCATC. 

Acknowledging the fact that cultural policy research needed to be encouraged within the academic and research environments, the two foundations initiated in 2003 a pilot project of 3 years which was thereafter renewed and extended. 

The Award represented an important achievement for a young researcher while it also contributed to capacity-building within the discipline and the production of new knowledge. The CPRA had started to map and widen the circle of early career cultural policy researchers, since more than 75 of them took part in the annual competition within the first 10 years. Some applicants were already well known, some names were new to the field. 

For all winners, the CPRA proved to be an opportunity to carry out a research project of their interest and to gain visibility and recognition on a European level.

Each year, young researchers were invited to propose research projects which could inform policy making and benefit practitioners active in the cultural field. An independent Jury selected the best project in terms of its relevance to European debates and policy making, as well as its methodology and the research achievements of the applicant. The CPRA was given to the best project proposals which were throwing light on contemporary European cultural issues and offering possible policy solutions.

Research project

Beginning in 2007, particular attention was given to research projects that tackled issues of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, especially with regards to their implications for cultural policy making on European, national, regional, or local level.

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